With programs from Nigella Lawson and Rachael Allan, I long desire to create delectable recipes like they do, with such an ease. In fact, at a point I was so obsessed with Nigella Lawson's decadent cooking that I had the entire cookery series downloaded to my computer. I would always go back to her series just to learn the know-hows of dessert recipes. It's due credit to Nigella shows that instigated me to fantasy making desserts and cakes in my kitchen. Though I wouldn't dare to cook or bake them often, fearing they would choke my arteries way too soon... and I don't intend to die that way! ;)
As a gesture, I ought to share a recipe of her's that I had jotted down in my recipe book not long ago. I saw an episode of Nigella Feasts where she made figs with a lovely yogurt dressing that looked fabulous. I was lucky to have some red wine at hand that we picked on our trip to Goa earlier this year. Even ingredients like figs are not so common in my regular cooking. So this recipe was apt as I saw the show.
I did try looking for the recipe source on Nigella's website, but despite thorough search, couldn't find it. Instead, I found it the recipe on Food Network.
The recipe is fairly simple, yet flavorsome. This is what I term a 'healthy low-cal dessert'.
Figs in Citrus Yogurt Dressing
1 tbsp red wine
1 orange, zested
1 tbsp honey
3/4 cup low-fat yogurt
Pinch of ground cinnamon
2 to 3 ripe figs
2 tsp slivered pistachios, to garnish
Put the red wine, orange zest and honey into a bowl. Whisk in the yogurt and ground cinnamon.
Quarter the figs and divide them between 2 bowls. Pour the yogurt mixture around the figs in each of the bowls and sprinkle with the pistachios to decorate.
The recipe is simple and fuss-free. It can be served as a dip or a healthy dessert or even as an accompaniment with pastas. I loved the tang of wine yogurt against the simple sweetness of figs. Very satisfying.