I’m in love with Chardonnays at the moment and Kleine Zalze has a fantastic Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010. It’s only been fermented in French oak for 5 months so you still get the lovely citrus and pear flavours and aromas; just softened by a creamy butterscotch finish at the back of the palate. The wine is alive and not dull like some overly “oaked” Chardonnays tend to be. Fantastic! – Alexa
And so it was time to think about dessert. I didn’t want a pudding after that hearty lamb main course, and it’s far to cold for a fruit salad. The citrus and pear hints in Alexa’s note was making me think of cheese. A simple cheese platter to finish? No, I wanted something that would play with that butterscotch finish … and then I remembered reading about spicy caramalised walnuts … Ah! Baked figs with camembert. Just the very thing.
Because figs are plentiful and cheap at the moment, I bought a whole box. After making (and scoffing) the dessert. I set to making a fig-balsamic reduction and got to thinking about my Spaniard. I wonder why he’s gone so quiet?
Fig trivia from Wikipedia:
There are approximately 30 references to The Fig tree in the Bible (depending on the translation) and approximately 50 references to a vine. Some are literal and some metaphorical. These are in the Gospels:
- The cursing of the barren fig tree by Jesus (Matthew 21:18-22), (Mark 11)
- The parable of the barren fig tree (Luke 13:6-9)
- The parable of the budding fig tree (Mar 13:28-29), (Mat 24:32-33), (Luke 21:29-31)
- In chapter 15 of the gospel of John, Jesus says he is ‘the vine’.
- There are also references to ‘the vineyard’ in the Old Testament, believed to be related to Israel in the prophesies of Isaiah.