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Fig salad & love letters

I’m so excited to be a guest of the Weekend Rewind this week with the gorgeous Maxabella Loves, Life, Love and Hiccups, Sonia Styling and Kelly Exeter and I’ve been busting to share my fig salad recipe and adventures in writing love letters.Fig salad recipe | Blah Blah Magazine It seems racy to whip out the paper and pen these days, doesn’t it. But, I simply had to when I realised I’ve never written a love ditty before. Never written a love letter. Seriously, I can’t go through life like that.

What do you say in a love note? Dr Google says, a quote is a good place to start.

I’m not sure if Tolstoy is particularly helpful, I mean, Anna K. throws herself under a train – not a great role model for the budding romantic. And even I can see the following quote is probably not the best option to put next to Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.” Anna Karenina. Bahahaha… I love you, too!

Jane Austy pants is my fave:

“You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love… I love… I love you.” Pride and Prejudice

The problem is I also love this one:

“The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge. That’s my kind of hilarious. Yup, I have a long way to go on this romance journey.

In the end, I have decided to follow the advice of the fabulous Champagne Cartel dames’ for writing love poems, ‘Be specific, mention memories you’ve made together, and rhyme them with words that really don’t fit.’ (You’ll have to follow the link for the rest). It makes it sound so doable and hopefully hilarious.

And then one day I’m going to bind all my AMAZING love notes and poems in a book like the talented artist, Sue Bleiweiss did.Fig salad recipe | Blah Blah MagazineIn my past adventures in romance I’ve made watermelon love hearts, raspberry popsicles and bath and massage oils. Are you a letter writer? Will you write a love letter to someone this year? Any words of advice?

Fig salad recipe | Blah Blah Magazine

It’s my turn to cook the dinner this Valentine’s Day. In the past we’ve had oysters, pate, barbecued prawns and always a salad. Figs are a great place to start, whether by themselves, wrapped in prosciutto or drizzled with honey and ice cream and they’re so good in Australia and New Zealand at this time of year. For you guys in the Northern Hemisphere, you might want to save this recipe for a summer soiree for two between June and August when the figs are in season.

If you ever see a bunch of dark purple, nearly black, bursting-at-the-seams figs, promise me you’ll snatch them and run, and share them with your lover or snaffle them yourself. They’re hard to find. I imagine the growers of such beauties sit under the tree and eat them as soon as they ripen. I would.

Fig Salad Recipe

This fig salad isn’t an economical salad, unless you grow your own figs, but we love it as a special treat when we find a road side fig stall. It’s easy and saves us the cost of eating out at a fancy restaurant. I’ve also added some less expensive ingredient options, like homemade labne instead of goat cheese, which are just as delicious.

Gordon prefers this salad with a balsamic vinegar dressing, because it does a caramelly thing, but I love the lighter, crisper lemon juice or apple cider vinegar options, so feel free to change it up.Fig salad recipe | Blah Blah Magazine

Lemony sweet fig salad
A sweet and fragrant fig salad
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  1. 3 free range chicken thighs
  2. 1 lemon
  3. Couple of sprigs of thyme
  4. 2 tablespoons of honey
  5. 6 figs
  6. A good, ahem, knob of goat cheese or labne
  7. 5 slices of free range prosciutto or parma ham
  8. ½ a bunch of basil
  9. A wad of your favourite leaf: rocket, baby spinach or baby kale
  10. 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  11. 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  12. Salt and pepper
  1. To flavour the chicken: cut the chicken thighs into bite sized chunks and toss into a container with the zest of half a lemon, a couple of thyme sprigs, a tablespoon of honey and splash of extra virgin olive oil. Let it sit for ten minutes or longer while you’re building the salad.
  2. To make the dressing: pour 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey, salt and pepper in a jar and shake well. Taste to check the flavour.
  3. To build the salad: tear the leaves and pop onto a platter or in a bowl, lay prosciutto, cheese, torn basil and cut figs on top.
  4. To saute chicken: heat the barbecue or frypan to medium-high heat and cook chicken pieces until lightly browned. Put the cooked chicken pieces into a big jar or container with the lid on for a few minutes (this makes the chicken really juicy-lucy). Scatter the chicken on the salad, dress the salad and Bob is my uncle – you’re done.
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  1. Congratulations on being a guest host at Weekend Rewind! I find love letters so romantic. Sad that it’s a lost art these days. Even just letter writing is a lost art in these technological / social media days! That fig salad looks devine. I will have to try it! Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

  2. That looks divine. I’ve been eyeing off the fresh figs at my local store and I think I might need to make this.

  3. Hooray for guest hosting the Rewind! It makes me feel guilty, because I don’t visit your gorgeous bloggy home often enough. Mental note to rectify that! Happy weekend. x

  4. I love these and I’m going to do every single one of them one day. Bwahahahaaaaa! In my dreams – but I am going to hunt down figs – that salad looks amazing! X

  5. Oh gorgeous you truly are a women after my own heart!
    That Fig Salad is all kinda of delectable!
    I picked up the figs in the shop yesterday and put them back as was tossing up what to do with them, I should have just kept them as if I wouldn’t have created something.
    They are in season and really delicious and inexpensive because they are in season which is exactly the point and why you should by them anyway…
    Think I’ll have to grab some from the shop tomorrow and whip up this baby… I haven’t done a Fig salad in my series yet… I should seeming its coming to an end this month.

  6. Small world – felt a bit funny linking up my post this week – because it was you! 🙂
    Would you believe it but I stumbled on some figs on Thursday and snatched them up so quick. Thankfully I got a lot because Miss 5 is quite partial to a fig and we have to be quick to get any for us. Hopefully I have some left to make this salad.

  7. I love receiving hand written cards or notes so I should make more of an effort to send more myself. Congratulations on the guest hosting 🙂

  8. Love the humour Bele! I too, love the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ quote. I love that you’re going to bind all your love poems and notes in a book 🙂 Have you written a love letter to yourself yet? I was given the challenge to do this last year… here’s the link to mine… http://www.leandamichelle.com.au/a-love-letter/
    And finally, I too love the simplistic taste of lemon juice. This recipe looks delicious… all I require is a friend with a fig tree♥

  9. FIGGGGGS OMG FIGS! I promise I will always snatch and run with them 😉 Thanks for being such a gorgeous co host hun xx

  10. Bele, the fig salad looks divine!
    Love all the quotes. Jane Austy Pants is my favourite author.
    Ah, letter writing…those were the days. Can’t remember the last time I sent a letter. I did make a card for my beau yesterday instead of buying one. Does that count?

  11. Yum, yum, yum Bele!! I love the combo of sweet/salty/creamy, so delicious.
    I hope letter writing never becomes completely extinct. Writing with pen and paper is something I do every day, even if it’s just a note to myself.
    Fabulous guest hosting, hun x

  12. Oh, I was so excited to see that you’re guest hosting the Weekend Rewind! Yay! I was even more excited when I saw that delectable fig salad, it looks totally droolworthy! Would you believe I’ve never bought or prepared figs but after seeing this recipe this is something I plan on rectifying immediately! And yes, to all the love letters. These days electronic message is king, but for me, nothing says “I love you” more than a handwritten ditty. I still have all the love letters and cards that my grandpa sent to my nana and they are some of my greatest treasures! xx

  13. Fig, prosciutto and labne- I’m totally on board. What a delicious fresh salad.
    I don’t really do love notes either, I just express my love through food, my partner doesn’t complain 🙂

  14. I love the Coleridge quote! That’s so great!

  15. That is looove on a plate Cybele. Just gorgeous. I don’t think you even need the poem to go with it, but here’s my offering: Sweet as a fig, that’s why I dig, you!

  16. I love the fact I am ancient enough to have actual love letters from my husband (it helped we were long distance lovers to start with). It is our 16th wedding anniversary next week, and you have inspired me to get writing (although now I am just thinking about that fig salad… 😉

  17. Oh my this salad looks mouth watering. I love figs!!
    Love letters are a dying art. I must sit and write one. Jane Austen is my fave and that quote gets me every time… Darcy… be still my beating heart!! Jx

  18. I love the quotes! Apart from the few angst ridden love letters of my teenage years, I haven’t put pen to paper and written one since.
    This recipe looks gorgeous, I’ve seen figs around a lot more lately but wasn’t sure what to use them for. Thanks for the inspiration. Also a big thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you are having a great week x

  19. Oh I just love quotes and notes and binding them altogether would be so cool. Imagine someone opening it up in an attic, years from now and treasuring it! I love the romance of that idea.
    Fig salad… yep, I’m bookmarking that one for sure. Actually just pinned it. x

  20. Would you believe I have never tried figs? Yep, never! But this salad looks so yummy I might just have to make it tomorrow for lunch! And I have never written a love letter! Gee’s I better get to that as well! xx

  21. How delicious does that bad boy look?! I’m with you on the lemony dressing- balsamic is too harsh for me

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