Monday, July 25, 2016

Cooking Class


On Saturday afternoon, my friend Julie treated me to a cooking class that was all about cooking with figs.  Our instructor was Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz who is a "natural chef" using all natural ingredients especially those that can be found in our area.


In the top photo she is make these delicious chocolate dipped figs that have been rolled in pistachios. She used the small bite sized fresh figs for this dish and it was delicious.


The show-stopper dish she made was a fig tart with a crust made with mesquite flour.  I've seen mesquite flower in various specialty stores and I've tasted dishes made with it in a couple of local restaurants but, I've never attempted to cook with it myself.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to see how it's done.  You can't use it on it's own, it has to mixed with other flower because the mesquite flower has a high sugar content and will burn quickly if you use it alone.  That tart was so good!  I loved it.

She also made one more dish that I didn't snap a photo of.  It was a Fig and Ancho Chile Sauce that was fantastic. It was thick like a chutney and dark from the dried ancho chilies and was wonderful with chips or would be equally wonderful with meats or on sandwiches.  I'll definitely make some of that at home.

It was a fun event hosted by a very knowledgable and talented chef!

12 comments:

Mersad said...

Chocolate dipped figs has to be tried!

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Bill Nicholls said...

Looks yummy even though I have never eaten figs

Christine said...

Figs are a rare fruit here and I've not had them but this looks delicious! Glad you had fun!

Andy said...

Yummy!

Steve Reed said...

Sounds fun! Both of those dishes look terrific. I always love a good fig.

RedPat said...

I'm not a big fig fan but these look good, Sharon!

Judy said...

It all looks yummy!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The fig tart is sooo impressive looking Sharon, love figs, but for some unknown reason I don't seem to have had one for ages 😃

William Kendall said...

I can't recall ever eating figs.

Lowell said...

I do remember people saying to someone they didn't like, "I don't give a fig." I've tried to eat figs on occasion, but they left me a big cold. Maybe I need a cooking class. I've been told on numerous occasions, "Get cookin', buster!"

Catalyst said...

My wife made a sauce the other day with mangos and jalapenos to go over a pork chop. But she used a whole jalapeno which was a bit too much so she added a little applesauce to take some of the bite out. She said next time she'll only use half a jalapeno.

Kate said...

Oh,h ow I love figs! This class must have been a terrific experience: new recipes and food. What could be better!!