Last month was the first time I joined this book club which chooses extraordinary books for us to read and post a recipe inspired the book. The book chosen to read was : Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. A classic story which starts with a serious note about 3 men , the narrator and his 3 friends , who think they have various illnesses decide that they are overloaded with work and decide to take a holiday. They first thinkof going into the sea and then settle on the river Thames thinking its going to be easy on them . The story goes on from here about how they embark the journey and the incidents occurring , thus turning it into a humorous piece of work. A typical set of Englishmen who love their tarts , jams etc

All I thought about was Orange marmalade when I was reading this book. I like my marmalade bittersweet and was not sure if that would go well with K who prefers his spread to be sweet . So I decided on an orange and fig Jam.

Spicy Orange and Fig Jam



6-8 Figs , diced

1cup of packed granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon clove powder

1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 tablespoon rose water

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1/2 cup of orange , peeled and deseeded

Method :

1. Take all ingredients in a bowl and mix well . Keep aside for 30 minutes. This will help the sugar macerate with the figs well.

2. Place and cook in a microwave high first for 8 minutes and stir well , The mixture will appear to be runny , keep cooking and stirring for another 7 minutes , Remove and let it set for sometime

3. Then spoon into sterilized cans and refrigerate. Its a small batch , but I still refrigerate because we might not finish it soon.


This is my entry for This book makes me cook chosen by Simmi . In case you are interested to join this month , the book is Anita and Me , drop in a line to Bhags or Simmi

Figs in Cherry Caramel

I had a few figs remaining after making the spicy fig jam , so I decided to treat ourselves with this wonderful sensual dessert by Meeta.


Meeta , she is really one helluva woman, managing 2 blogs at a time , a career and a fantastic family . I have not met her in person , but definitely gives me the impression of someone who lives life Queen Size !

She has so much energy and exuberance that its infectious , If there is one word that comes to my mind to describe her it would be “sunshine”!!

Thank you dear Meeta for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us.

Why did I choose this recipe ?

I was impressed that the sugar content is less compared to our normal dessert standard. Red wine was a key too. I used some spiced south african wine , so we had a spicy sweet dessert!

Click here for the original recipe

I followed the recipe to the T , except for using a spicy wine.


8 fresh figs – washed, wiped dry and cut into quarters
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 l cherry juice
100 ml red wine
100g cantuccini/biscotti – coarsely chopped


Heat a saucepan and melt the sugar until it reaches a light orange – yellow color (amber). Once done add the cherry juice and let it simmer and the liquid reduce to about a quarter . This took me about 8 minutes

Note: the sugar will thicken here , stirring will re- melt it .

Then , reduce the heat and add the red wine and the figs and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes

Remove from heat and cool , once cool , ladle the cherry caramel and the figs into a bowl , sprinkle some biscotti and serve.

Sensual , seductive , sultry … yes it is all , and more….

This also goes to Tried and Tasted , Hosted by Zlamushka of Burnt Mouth

Thank you ladies for giving me this wonderful oppurtunity.

14 Thoughts on “Fig-O-licious

  1. That spicy jam looks grand and I have to give that a try.

    I cannot believe you chose this recipe. It was fab I remember …. and your addition of the spiced red wine is excellent. I would cook with alcohol more often too but I think it would not be too wise if my son was getting alcohol fix from mommy’s cooking LOL!

    Thanks you dear Dee for your wonderful words – sunshine eh? Well I’m sending you a huge sunny ray your way!

  2. figs have got to be the prettiest fruits ever! love the pics :)

  3. gorgeous pics Dee, true eye candies :) and lovely recipes too

  4. The figs look amazing.Can almost taste them.

  5. lovely choice, and that jam looks beautiful indeed Dee!

  6. Lovely idea. I completely adore fig jams.

    Looking forward to reading your pick for August

  7. dee, lately we’ve started using orange blossom water instead of rose water. fantastic. you get it at the arab /afghan/iranian store.

  8. Lovely pics Dee… the jam looks delicious!!!

  9. The jam sounds spicy and delightful. Lovely pictures, Dee. Figs are one of my favorite fruits.

  10. oh, beautiful pics!!!!! They mmake me want to try it….

  11. wonderful. Love figs and was sooo tempted to try this one myself. BUT I just couldnt find fresh figs. Will definitely try soon :-)

  12. Pretty Pretty figs Dee.. Yummy looking Jam..:D

  13. I have about 2lbs of figs lying around. I am so trying the jam.

  14. ive never had fig before, u know, but jam looks so fingerlicious…… I have to go fig hunting….

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