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
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.
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!
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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.
This also goes to Tried and Tasted , Hosted by Zlamushka of Burnt Mouth
Thank you ladies for giving me this wonderful oppurtunity.