The fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:13
It is Autumn, and the season has nature in its grip. Leaves change from a subtle green to various shades of yellow, orange and to various shades of deep red.
With this time of year comes the harvest of figs, as documented on one of my last blogs.
Our neighbor brought some fig jam the other day. It is one of those seasonal treats, like no other.
1 kg fresh figs
3/4 kg sugar
200 ml water
juice of half lemon
100 g walnuts cut into quarters
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
a pinch of ground anise seeds
– wash the figs
– cut them into quarters and place into large mixing bowl
– add the sugar and let sit for couple of hours
– place into sauce pan and start heating until juice appears (approx 5 min)
– increase the heat and boil for another 3 minutes
– add the water and and lemon juice and boil until figs become tender and the liquid is absorbed (half an hour or so)
– add the walnuts, sesame seeds and ground anise
– simmer for another 5 min
– remove from heat and let cool
Enjoy with your favorite kind of bread, maybe even some butter with it, or just a a biscuit. OR, with CHOCOLATE CAKE ….