Figs are coming into season here in the Middle East, popping up on the shelves in Oman and are sure popular with the locals. Every time I go to the local market I can barely get my hands on some. These little beauties sure are nature’s candy. As strange as they might look to some, figs really are sweet with a delightful consistency that make them the perfect match for a lot of recipes.
FRESH FIG SALAD RECIPE (take two)
One of my first food photographs was a fresh fig salad recipe. It didn’t hit me that I had photographed this before until my wife mentioned I should put both side by side together in one post. So much has change since I took that photograph as far as style and technique, I can hardly believe it was me who took the picture.
It’s hard to believe what a little natural light and food styling can do to make such an impact on your photography. I wish I could go back in time and smack myself square in the face, but it has been a wonderful learning process. No matter what kind of photography you do, its a long road until you reach satisfaction with your art. For me I’m always happy with the work I’ve done until I take the next photo. I really love my new fresh fig salad recipe photos, but in a few years,or months I’m sure I’ll think that they are really not so good. I suppose that is the photographer’s struggle.
The fresh fig salad recipe has gotten much better since my first attempt. Inspired by a recipe I found in Bon Appétit, it now has a great honey yogurt dressing, for starters. I hope to get a few more fig recipes up before they go out of season for the year, it’s such a versatile fruit and definitely a Middle Eastern favorite. Let us know what your favorite fig recipe is, we’d love to give it a go.
FRESH FIG SALAD RECIPE
- 1 bunch of fresh rocket
- handful of chopped fresh mint
- chopped walnuts (optional)
- 6 figs
- crumbled feta goat cheese
- 2 tbsp honey
- 170g natural plain yogurt
- Cut base of stems and rinse the fresh rocket. Place in a salad bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Mix the honey, yogurt and feta together, whipping until it is smooth.
- Plate the salad and place quarter cut figs then drizzle the honey yogurt dressing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.