fresh figs with soft cheese and balsamic syrup

We’re having so much fun with making these videos that we took the leap. We bought a new camera. Instead of shooting videos gonzo-style, with our iPhones, we now have a new-to-us, slightly used DSLR that does video. Wow.

We had a blast making this one.

And if you don’t want want to eat these fresh figs with soft cheese and balsamic syrup after seeing this? I’m not sure I can help you.

All you need is

fresh figs
some kind of soft cheese (we used our favorite, Dinah’s cheese, made here on Vashon)
a bit of oil for greasing the pan
balsamic syrup (we showed you how to make that in this video)

Make sure the broiler is on high. (Our oven says HI to us.) A couple of minutes there, until the cheese is oozy, and you’re set.

That’s it.

Sometimes the best food is the simplest.

Thank you, as always, to the Debra and Rod at Smith Bites Photography for the editing. They’re incredible.

And thank you, now, to Jason Parker at One Working Musician for the jazz music. We’re in love with it.

26 comments on “fresh figs with soft cheese and balsamic syrup

  1. Shuku

    *happy sigh* Now I just wish I could find fresh figs here so I could make these…but y’know, I may just try and use the cheese to stuff dates instead. They might not go well with balsamic, but I can see a light orange-rose syrup instead! Still. It is time to hunt for fresh figs here – I THINK there are some growing on some trees near my apartment, but given the location they’re in (near the monsoon drains) I’ve been reluctant to attempt to find out about the edibility (is that even a word?) of the fruits which SEEM to be figs. The leaves are different than I remember fig leaves though so…

  2. tracy

    new camera makes such a difference!!! I adore these videos. I save them for my breaks at work. Love you two!!! xoxoxo

  3. Shana

    This video is just so amazing! I am in awe of you guys. I’m going to hit the fruit market on the way home through the Italian neighbourhood of Toronto and get me some figs!

  4. Jillian

    Love the video and the jazz in the background. Those figs look amazing, truly drool worthy. I think my favorite part of the video is Danny dancing after a bite of fig. I do that too when a recipe works out and it tastes delicious. It’s the culinary victory dance!

  5. Judi

    Intriguing, fun, cute!!!! (The video) And looks delish!! (The food)
    Thank you for a bit of mid summer inspiration.
    🙂

  6. allison mcd

    i am so excited to see you and your work with this new camera! it is gorgeous! so so glad that you are having fun with it. xoxo

  7. Nancy

    Love to watch this video very fantastic! I save and perform it during my break hour. Thank you for sharing this info. I keep on reading..

  8. Lynn Everett

    OMG, this looks fabulous. And how professional is this video. I think you guys made a wise decision in purchasing your new video equipment. I have never eaten figs before, but will definitely be trying this one. Thanks for showing us how easy this recipe is.

    Hugs,
    Lynn

  9. Sara L.

    Wow! The new camera makes a world of difference! I have always enjoyed your videos, but I think this one is my favorite one yet! Danny’s happy dance is my favorite part for sure. It made me giggle.

    One question about figs: Whenever I get them in the grocery store (Whole Foods, Boston MA), I get them home and by the next day, they’re covered in this green fuzzy mold. I’ve learned if I’m not going to use them IMMEDIATELY upon bringing them home, I can’t buy them. What is the deal? Is it just because they are not native to here and they are going bad because they’re not fresh? I sliced into them just to try to figure out what was going on, and they look perfectly fine on the inside … ?? This happens if I keep them out on the counter and if I refrigerate them. I’ve had ZERO luck with them!

  10. Julie Alexander

    Love this video. Your camera makes all the difference, and I like the different spin you put on this video. Well shot and edited. We’ve been getting lots of fresh figs here lately, so this is another way (besides making preserves and jam) to prepare them. Looks and sounds delicious! And Danny cracks me up with his wiggle dance, haha.

  11. Pam

    I made my first batch of gf muffins. They are great. I have been reading your archives trying to find out as much as I can about gf baking. Thank you for your information and the entertainment value of your blog.
    After years of knowing I can’t eat a lot of bread or pasta I now realise that you don’t have to have been born celiac. My doctors dismisses my suggestion my aut oimmune problems could be helped by gluten free diet. In this case I feel happy self diagnosing as I can eat healthy and just leave out gluten and see what happens.
    Thank you

  12. Dana

    Yum..making it this weekend to have with a nice glass of vino. I need to celebrate getting over this awful head cold!

  13. jackie

    Loved watching this video! Danny’s dance and expressions were the best – no wonder you’re so in love with him. 🙂 Thanks for sharing – I need to make this asap.

  14. Brooke @ Food Woolf

    Great video. Hearing you say you had so much fun making a video reminded me how nice it is to lift myself out of my usual creative process–words!–and do something more visual. iPhone video, here I come!

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