the sweetest fig~ book and recipe

Monsieur Bibot is a terrible man. a petty, cruel tyrant who relishes his work as a dentist and abuses his lovely little dog, Marcel.

sweet marcel is too small to walk down the stairs but his master drags him down anyway.

bibot is given two figs as payment by a poor woman. She tells him they are magic figs and will make all your dreams come true. not believing her in the least, he sends her away and eats one that night. in the morning his dream from the night before indeed has come true. {nice Eiffel Tower! paging dr. freud!} determined not to waste the last fig he attempts to program himself to dream that he is a rich man with expensive possessions.

but that night, marcel eats the last fig from off the kitchen table. bibot chases marcel under the bed and promises grave reprocussions in the morning.
indeed, there are grave reprocussions come daylight, but not for marcel. bibot finds himself under the bed. marcel has dreamt that they have changed places and now marcel is the master…

Up until i read this book i’d never had a fig. They seemed far too exotic for me and i had no idea how to cook them.

i found an amazing recipe here


4 large fresh Black Mission or Calimyrna figs 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
2 to 3 teaspoons dark brown sugar 
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
2 to 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
Sea salt, to taste 
Ground pepper, to taste 
8 cups mixed salad greens
*small container feta cheese
* handful of chopped walnuts


Snip the tiny stem end off each fig and cut in half lengthwise. Mix vinegar, brown sugar and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Add figs and gently toss to coat. Let marinate.

Place figs face down in a hot pan with olive oil. cook face down on medium heat for 4 min, reserving all of the marinade in the bowl. Do not overcook as the figs will become too mushy. Remove figs to a plate. 

To the reserved marinade, add olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper, whisking well to completely incorporate. 

Place greens in a large salad bowl. Toss with dressing, then divide among 4 individual serving plates. Place 2 fig halves on each plate of greens and serve.
i diced the figs and added feta and walnuts. it was one of the most delicious things i’ve ever eaten!

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