Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Grilled Fresh Figs

DSC_4760Figs were ripe when we came back from the trip. They are overripe in fact…the weight of the fruits were too great so that the branches broke off. Where have you been? We were ready for you a week ago…DSC_4746

I figured out quickly what I should do with them. I called to my husband; ‘Honey, Turn-up the grill’ ‘ We need to smoke’em! I said figuratively.

Grilled fresh figs for ice cream (adapted from Fine Cooking magazine) (Print Recipe here)

Necessary equipment: barbeque grill

  • Figs – 10 to12, the magazine recommended Black Mission Figs, we used Desert King, stemmed and halved lengthwise Note: we only grilled 6 figs. DSC_4737
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • 4-5 mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  1. Heat up - a gas grill to medium low or prepare a low charcoal fire.
  2. Brush - set the figs cut side down and brush the rounded side with oil. Flip and brush the cut side with the balsamic vinegar.
  3. Mix - Sugar and chopped thyme in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the figs.DSC_4743
  4. Grill - set figs on grill cut side facing up. Cover the grill and cook until the sugary tops start to bubble and the bottom of the figs get light grill marks. 5-8 minutes.DSC_4755
  5. Serve immediately over scoops of ice cream, drizzled with honey and sprinkle with mint if using.DSC_4761

We’re blessed to be able to vacation in Hawaii. To see our two gorgeous grandkids then to visit fascinating Big Island, the money was well spent.

Akaka Fall has a nice trail.  Azuki special at Matsumoto Shave Ice

Sanseis signature Apple Tart. Ships ahoy to snorkeling tour!IMG_1559IMG_1044

The sprawling, mega hotel has it’s own monorail inside of the hotel. From main lobby to our room was about 10 minutes by foot. By tram also takes 10 minutes, because our compound is 3 stops away.
Flavorful Acai bowl from Tropical Frozen Yogurt in Kona.   
A petite French patisserie in Hilo with few selection of sweets. The store closes at 4 pm!, we managed to squeeze inside by 3:57pm.  
The Donkey Ball Chocolatier in Kainaliu, I like the silly name.
The original King Kamehameha statue in Hawi, my husband taking photos in heavy rain.
Historical Bamboos lilikoi cheese cake. Donkey crossing sign reminded us of the kangaroo crossing signs in Australia. 
See my nice tan?IMG_1089Hawi doing there?…it’s all rain, can’t see the black sand beach.IMG_1566The wooden poster hung in little café in Hawi gave me a chuckle!IMG_1561Sunset at Volcano National ParkIMG_1533A spectacular night view of volcanoIMG_1038I saw this sign in Hwy.19 on the way to Hilo.IMG_1501

I hope you’re enjoying the summer…Oh hi Chelsea! the next door neighbor’s cat was under my feet while we were grilling figs outside…missed me? DSC_4749Yeah?…me too.


  1. Thank you for sharing with us your trip to Hawaii...What a lovely time you had:) Looking at your trip photos made us smiled too:) Welcome back!

    1. Thank you Annie. I'm glad to be back...it feel like days go so fast and what? We're going home already?...like that

  2. Looks like you had a great time in Hawaii.
    I love those nature photos...moody black sand beach and sunset are amazing.
    Roasted homegrown figs with ice cream...what a heavenly treat!

    1. Thank you so much! I guess we have to save more money so that we could take an another vacation like that, ha ha ha.

  3. こんにちは。 お孫さんですか、とても可愛いです。 ハワイ島の旅もとても楽しそうですね。


    1. ありがとうございます。 山の方はかなり寒かったのではありませんか? でも星の数が半端じゃなと聞いています。 


  4. I love candied figs, really lovin it
    never had fresh fig before, this recipe is truelly tempting to try once i had it!

    1. Thank you chef! I'm going to be busy making your blue cheese butter this afternoon. My husband loves blue cheese.

  5. I enjoyed this post a lot! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Jalna! I enjoyed your blog, you're so funny and charming.

  6. We're sad you had to go home, anyway.

  7. I hope you realise how lucky you are to have your own figs! They look so luscious! Your holidays seem lots of fun. Thanks for sharing photos with us.

    1. Thank you very much Sissi. Now that I saw your sushi rolls, I feel like make it now or stop by the sushi restaurant this evening... looks so good!

  8. Welcome back!

    It looks like you had a fabulous vacation in Hawaii.

    A wonderful dessert! Fresh figs are delicious.



    1. Thank you Rosa. I wish my job is to travel around, ha ha ha.

  9. Welcome back! I see you had a wonderful time in Hawaii! This soup is the perfect welcome dish!