“Por una Fig Newton yo hasta me baño sin que me lo digan” – popular Puerto Rican advertising campaign from the 1980s, which translates to “I would take a bath without being told to” for that famous fig cookie.
I haven’t had much experience with figs, other than eating my share of the aforementioned cookies during my childhood and maybe enjoying them stuffed as appetizers once or twice. That changed during our visit to Châteaux Loudenne in the Médoc wine region, just north of Bordeaux. After doing some grape picking as part of the winery visit (documented by France 2!), we went back to the main house for lunch. Dessert was a luscious fig tart, made from fruit that grew just steps from the dining room! As it usually happens, I remembered to take the picture after that first bite…
We came back from the trip with the memory of that day intact which is probably why during January, in a visit to the monthly Mercado Urbano, we bought a Turkish fig plant from the Jardines de Borinquen stand. The seedling is in a planter in our balcony for now, while it grows strong enough to be planted out in the backyard. While shopping for the ingredients for the Beggar’s Linguine, this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, I spotted a container of dried Turkish figs. I grabbed it on the spot, even though the recipe recommends using Mission or Kadota figs. As I cut through the fruit, all I could think of were of the cookies from my childhood, the tart, and how much I wanted that little plant to turn into a tree so I could get more figs.
Beggar’s Linguine combines the figs with golden raisins and nuts with browned butter and lots of black pepper. This mixture is then tossed with the pasta, parmesan cheese, and a bit of orange zest. The result is a sweet, savory dish that won’t make you crave dessert after you are done. While prepping, all I could think of was of buttery cookies studded with all the ingredients. Wouldn’t that be awesome? DH didn’t care much for the outcome (“maybe add bacon next time?”), but I loved it. It would make a great lunch or even brunch item.
French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking club where on a weekly basis, fellow bloggers post about their experiences making a selected recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table. If you want to join in the fun check it out! Special thanks to fellow Dorista Mardi for her Twitter tutorial on the mendiants, a chocolate confection that inspired this recipe.