Baked Figs with Faisselle

Ripe figs are naturally sweet and do not need a lot of embellishments. For a dessert dish like this one, you can bake the figs and add a bit of honey, cinnamon and serve it with a Faiselle or some Greek strained yogurt.  When buying figs in season pick the ones which are firm, especially if you are planning to bake them.

Grilled Zucchini Tomato and Halloumi Salad

A salad that is a feast for the eyes and palate composed in a snap. Halloumi cheese is unique among cheeses. It is lightly salted and retains its shape when exposed to high temperatures. A perfect partner for grilled vegetables. Halloumi cheese is available at specialty stores in the US. An acceptable substitute is the Mexican Queso Blanco or Queso Fresco which has similar qualities. It does not melt when fried or grilled.

Baked Figs in Muscat Wine

Figues au Four, a delicious dessert from the Provence. Figs are one of my favorite fruits during summer. I use 1 1/2 to 2 figs per person, cut in half lengthwise. So for 4 persons you will need 6-8 figs. A scoop of vanilla ice cream gives it the extra touch.

Apricot Compote

I love apricots, they herald the summer. The challenge is finding juicy apricots in your local market. This quick compote can served with ice cream or Crème Fraiche as an elegant desert. Don’t skimp on the Muscat wine.