Baked Figs with Marsala and Honey

by Jacqueline on September 16, 2013

Baked Figs by Nigel Slater

Baked Figs with Marsala and Honey

Blogging has taken a back seat for a while. Over the past few weeks my life has been consumed by learning the intricacies of Anatomy and Physiology. If you had asked me 15 years ago would I ever study again to the same extent I did before sitting my professional Accountancy exams, I would have responded “Not in a million years!” And yet here I find myself drowning in books describing the digestive and immune systems. All very interesting but still quite a commitment. It was a pre-requisite for studying at The Institute of Optimum Nutrition.  I’m excited by the challenges that are ahead of me and have always been fascinated by the science that lies behind nutrition and for me it is the natural next step.

I’m not sure how the demands of the course  (all 3 years of it- eek!) will affect my blogging but I will endeavour to post when I can as I do really enjoy being part of the food blogging community.  I wanted to try this very simple recipe from Nigel Slater using figs. I sometimes take them with blueberries, Greek yoghurt and Greek honey for breakfast but I like what Nigel has done here using some Marsala to make an adult dessert. I’ve used these black figs from Turkey and stayed true to the recipe – just added some chopped walnuts at the end to deliver that extra crunch! The fruit collapses under the heat and is smothered in a syrupy boozy dressing. Naughty but nice!

I served some vanilla ice cream with the fruit but you can always serve it with marscapone as Nigel suggests.

I’m entering this post into the Dish of the Month challenge hosted by Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen and Sue from Little bit of heaven on a plate

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What is your favourite way of cooking with figs? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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1 Jacqueline September 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Good luck with your studies. I couldn’t go back to it again. I’m shuddering just thinking about it. Love this fig dish :)

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2 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 4:07 am

You make me laugh Jac! I know what you mean but I think I had reached as far as I wanted in my previous career and I have a genuine interest in nutrition so hopefully it will be rewarding!

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3 Angela September 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Oh wow – good for you. I would love to try something new but just not sure about finding the time to commit to it. I hope you still find the time to blog even if it is just to let us know how you are getting on. Good luck.

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4 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

Thanks Angela – really kind of you to say so. It is a big commitment and after such a long time after leaving Uni but I think it will be interesting. Thanks for your good wishes!

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5 Katharine September 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Mmm, you always make things I’d love to eat and this is no exception! I love figs and they are so beautiful too. Good luck with the course, I did my masters two years ago – it was really enjoyable but I have to admit, it felt great to finish it!

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6 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 4:20 am

I’m sure it was a relief when the studying came to an end Katharine!

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7 Camilla @FabFood4All September 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

When you went so quiet I knew you probably had your head in a book or three. Glad you’re enjoying your new course. I’ve never like figs so I’ll just leave it to my friends to sing their praises LOL:-) Nice to have you back on the scene, you have been missed:-)

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8 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 4:21 am

I think I was overwhelmed Camilla. It will take a while to get used to it :-) And it’s always nice to be missed. Thanks for your kind comment :-)

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9 Janice September 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Oh how exciting to be studying nutrition, I’m sure you will be passing on your knowledge through your blog at least I hope so.

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10 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

Hopefully Janice I can share as I learn. A natural next step to blogging :-) Thanks for hosting the challenge!

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11 Kalyan September 17, 2013 at 6:25 am

Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!

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12 Nazima September 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’ve wondered why so quiet but glad it is for such a great reason! good luck with the ION course. I am sure it will be super and of course we look forward to hearing your progress. Poached figs with ice cream sounds a perfect treat.

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13 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thanks Nazima – hope your trip to Paris went well!

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14 Mich Piece of Cake September 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

These baked figs look delicious! I am really excited to hear about your nutrition course. And look forward to learning from you :)

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15 Jacqueline September 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

Thanks Mich. It’s still very early days but I’ll keep you posted :-)

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16 Maggie September 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I love figs but unfortunately hubby doesn’t share my passion. Figs served simply are always the best and they look stunning. Good luck with the course!

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17 Jacqueline September 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

Thanks Maggie! The recipe is so simple. Perfect for when you want a dessert without much effort!

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18 Sarah September 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Great to see you back blogging, and with a fabulous recipe too. I love the idea of a syrupy boozy dressing – for anything really, but the figs do look really delicious! And good luck with your studies!

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19 Jacqueline September 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thanks Sarah – it has felt like a long time nice I’ve been blogging. I have missed it but got overwhelmed with studies :-)

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20 lisaiscooking September 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I love Nigel’s simple recipe ideas, and this sounds like a great one! One of my favorite simple uses of figs is to bake them sitting on top of puffs of meringue.

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21 Jacqueline September 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

Yum! I’m sure you would really like this recipe Lisa!

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22 laura@howtocookgoodfood September 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh what a gorgeous dish, I adore figs and had 2 ripen on my tree this year for the first time ever! I remember you talking about going back to studying again and although I’m sure it will be tough, I think it will prove to be a good move as you can already cook so well. Now you can be a nutrition expert too. I bet you will make a great success of it!

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23 Jacqueline September 19, 2013 at 3:37 am

What a lovely thing to say Laura. Thanks for your very kind words x

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24 Caroline Taylor September 23, 2013 at 11:10 am

A lovely recipe. Best of luck with your studies, I’ve been there (the gut is gross yet fascinating!).

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25 Jacqueline September 24, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thanks Caroline – it’s more the writing essays and scientific referencing that I’m struggling with. It seems to be very regimented!

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26 Susan September 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Just back from Turkey where figs grown wild :-) Lovely recipe and good luck with your studies thats quite a contrast. x

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27 Jacqueline September 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

That must have been a foodie delight – with or without figs!

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