I needed some fig jam to make a little appetizer for an upcoming dinner party.

The former me would normally have run to the local market in search of a jar of fig confiture,

usually over-priced

but this Kat is gaining wisdom with her advancing age.

We always keep dried fruit onboard for easy healthy quick energy snacks

and they keep so well.

Go easy on these though if you are conscious of your sugar intake because dried fruits.

although a very good fibre source,

are at least 50% sugar (depending on which fruit).

But dried fruits have so much concentrated sugars

that they need little if no sugar added to make jam.

Just a handful of dried figs produced about 1-1/2 cups of this wonderful sweet mixture

in a matter of 10 minutes.

And, yes I did ‘gus it up’ with a splash of Triple Sec and orange rind

but without it would still be really good and oh so easy….

This is going to be tasty on our morning toast!




22 dried figs, stems removed and quarter

1/4 cup sugar (I probably could have left this out altogether)

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp grated orange peel

1 tbsp Triple Sec

Place figs, sugar, water and lemon juice in a small saucepan.

Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes,

or just until the liquid becomes syrupy.

Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Puree in a blender or smash with the back of a spoon.

Scoop into clean jars and refrigerate until needed.

This should keep for several weeks.

Savoury Blue Cheese Cookies with fig jam recipe here

Even though anything that absolutely requires an oven

can’t be cooked in my little boat galley,

I think you will really want to try them.

I almost forgot…

the teddy bear reference?

Every time I hear anything to do with figs,

my mind flashes back to my best ever childhood ‘friends’

Figgy and Figaro…

(now 61 and 60 years old respectively)

Figgy because of my love for Fig Newtons

and Figaro for my Mom’s love of opera.

Oh, the stories they could tell!

5 responses to “OF FIGS and TEDDY BEARS”

  1. Love the story, and the Fig Jam!

  2. Figs, fig jam, and fig cookies are so my favorite! Can't wait to see your cookie recipe.

  3. 1 Happy Kat says:

    As soon as I get back from the Rhode Island workshop E will post the recipe. It will be kind of cheating because they require an oven which we don't have onboard but they are pretty tasty.

  4. 1 Happy Kat says:

    And those little cookies were good weren't they?

  5. […] Anyway, a while back I posted a recipe for easy Fig Jam […]

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