Figs... there is nothing quite like the sweet, earthy flavor of a fresh fig! Their ephemeral nature allows them to only be available briefly, so one must seize the opportunity to enjoy them while they are here. Figs are also fragile and do not transport well, so it is best to simply pluck them from a tree and eat them right there! However, if you are able to get these delicate beauties home from either a tree or the grocery store, you should give this recipe a whirl.
This is in fact, not really a recipe, but more an assemblage of ingredients. It serves well as a seasonal appetizer. For whatever reason, blue cheese seems to work best with this treat. Blue cheese is not for the faint of heart and is known for its pungent intensity. However, even my husband (who despises blue cheese) agreed that it was better tasting than the more mild Jarlsberg cheese in this appetizer. I think that blue cheese can be too strong by itself, but is not as harsh when paired with the rest of the ingredients - The sweetness from the figs, honey, and jam seem to balance out the intensity of the cheese. If you are still leery of blue cheese and cannot imagine putting its stinky goodness into your mouth, opt for the Jarlsberg or another more mild cheese.
Of course Yui had to make an appearance, despite the lack of relevance. Still, I managed to tie her in since she donned a fig leaf. :)
A special thank you to our generous neighbor for allowing us to pick the figs from her beautiful tree!