honey + thyme figs w/ yoghurt + almonds

honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt

I thought I'd stop by quickly today to say hi and to share a lovely little fig dish I made while staying over at my mums house on the east coast. I've been missing this space more than I ever thought I would, could or should do and didn't realise how much my rambling on here helps to keep me sane! So much has happened since we arrived home to New Zealand I don't really know where to start. It's all gone by in a blur and sadly we only have one more week left here, I haven't even seen half of the people I wanted to see and still have many, many photos to take and food to cook...

The first week home I finally got to meet the lovely Vicki from Harper Collins NZ to go over some of the book stuff we haven't been able to do via email. It was awesome to put a face to the name and she reminded me of why I love kiwi's (New Zealanders) so much with her warm and welcoming personality and beautiful honesty. The following day I had my first public appearance at Wintec in Hamilton, where I did my chef training many moons ago. I even got to bust out my chef whites which haven't seen the light of day for years and years. I gotta say I was super nervous about it as I've never been the most confident public speaker, but it went really well. I surprised even myself. 
During the talk I shared my story, talking about my training, my career as a chef, having kids and our food intolerance's, starting this blog and my upcoming book. I also made chocolate cookies and almond milk that went down a treat, even after we managed to burn the first tray of cookies! Hehe. Thanks so much to Kat for being such a wonderful assistant during the demonstration and a special thank you to my dear friend Amy for all your hard work that you put into organising everything.  xx

fig tree
honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt

After the busyness of the first week was over we all jumped in the car and went over to the east coast to stay with my mum and little sister. Having lived in the city for the past 2 years going over to Pukehina, a teeny tiny dot of a coastal town, was a lovely quiet treat. There's just one road and two (maybe 3?) shops in Pukehina, with the beautiful untouched beach a few minutes walk across the road. My older sister, her partner and two kids came over also, which was loads of fun. 
Mums vege garden is awesome which meant loads of freshly picked beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes for dinner. It made me really miss living here as our parched vege garden in Perth is just a tad embarrassing at the moment. We also feasted on figs. Lots of figs. Mums next door neighbour has the most ginormous fig tree that hangs over the fence. Everyday we helped ourselves to bowlfuls of sweet, juicy figs. Mostly we just ate them straight up off the tree, but a couple of the nights we roasted some in the oven with a little butter and sugar until rich, slightly dried and intense in flavour. The last day we were there I wanted a quicker way to enjoy them cooked so I panfried them greek-style with honey and thyme. It was the perfect way to enjoy them first thing in the morning with a bowlful of homemade yoghurt.

honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt
honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt
honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt

I have so many photos and stories to share, hopefully I will get the chance to once we get back to Perth. But until then, I hope you've all been well. I still have two very special bloggers sharing their recipes on here over the coming weeks so do make them feel welcome won't you πŸ™‚ xx

honey + thyme figs w/ greek yoghurt

honey + thyme figs w/ yoghurt + almonds
I used butter, because that's what I had on hand at mums. Had I been at home I would have used ghee or olive oil.
Serves 4

8 ripe figs, halved
1 tablespoon ghee, butter or olive oil
a small handful of thyme sprigs
2 tablespoons honey
a good pinch fine sea salt
Natural yoghurt and roughly chopped toasted almonds, to serve

Heat ghee, butter or olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan, add thyme sprigs, honey, salt and then cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring, until a thick sauce forms. Add figs to sauce, cut side down and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes or until figs are tender. Serve figs over greek yoghurt, making sure you spoon over a little of the sauce too. Scatter with toasted almonds and eat immediately. 

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  • paula
    March 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I had a brown paper bag filled with figs given to me yesterday and have all the ingredients to make this thanks em x

    ps – am super jealous you are back in NZ, and trying to grow veges even in melbourne over summer is a nightmare πŸ™ dont even get me started on the lack of rain ….

    • emma
      March 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

      The lack of rain here in NZ at the moment has everyone scared too! I've never seen things so dry before. Hope you are well love xx

  • erin @ yummy supper
    March 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Emma your figs looks delish! I just peeked out at my own bald wintery fig and it's hard to imagine that such fruit will ever come back.
    I'm so glad you are enjoying your time in NZ.

    • emma
      March 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Lucky you with a tree though πŸ™‚ lotsa love xx

  • Colette Just for Foodies
    March 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm


  • Suzanne Perazzini
    March 13, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    It's lovely to hear about your holiday at home here and the progress of your book experience.

    • emma
      March 14, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Suzanne, it's been a whirlwind trip but so lovely to be home xx

  • sherilyn @ Wholepromise
    March 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Love the simplicity of this. Enjoy your time in NZ.

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

      Thanks Sherilyn xx

  • Rach
    March 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The site is looking great Emma, so bright and fresh! And the figs look delicious. I think we need to go on a fig gathering mission. I'm sure your post will also inspire visits to Pukehina – I have already looked online to see if there is surf for the hubby…
    Enjoy the rest of your stay in parched Kiwi land!

    • emma
      March 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks love! I think there is surf up the coast a little, near Maketu. And the Mount/Papamoa is only 30 mins drive. How crazy dry is NZ at the moment?! Looks just like W.A!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    March 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I am blown by the freshness of this! It looks fantastic πŸ™‚ I want to ding into it right away…

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

      Nothing fresher than straight off the tree πŸ™‚ xx

  • london bakes
    March 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    So beautiful Emma. That first shot? Takes my breath away. I'm glad you're having a wonderful trip, I can't wait to hear more about it.

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Aw thanks love. The light at mums house was lovely.

  • The InTolerant Chef β„’
    March 14, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    What yumminess indeed! I'm glad you're getting some time to relax and enjoy yourself too πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    March 15, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Who doesn't love Kiwis! Such a friendly, open, easygoing bunch of people, and NZ is a beautiful country. And these figs look beautiful too.

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Such kind words πŸ™‚

  • Natalie G
    March 16, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Such a lovely spring dish, I am starting to really love figs! Great recipe.

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Yeah fresh figs are not something I've always loved. But man I do now!

  • dollyandoatmeal.com
    March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    i just stumbled upon your blog. i love your photographs, recipes, and words. this recipe in particular sounds awesome.

    • emma
      March 30, 2013 at 3:45 am

      Ah cool! Welcome and thank you xx

  • Hannah
    March 31, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I can't believe I have only just discovered you.
    So glad that I did!

  • Maria @ Foodpix
    January 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    It looks great! Can’t wait to try it Thanks for sharing