A long dry summer period this year meant that we had no edible fruit from the few fig trees on our finca on Mallorca. Our trees are very old and, admittedly, rather neglected; the lack of rain didn’t help. In previous years I’ve made jars of fig jam, hiding it at the back of the kitchen cupboards to retrieve during the winter months as a reminder of summer’s bounty. Or not, in the case of this year.
But we won’t be going without our figgy fix: we bought a jar of home-made figat menorquí from our favourite Manacor cafe, El Palau. If you’re ever in the Llevant town, you’ll find this welcoming and smart cafe near the front of the main church.
Nofre, the owner, knows more about turning figs into delicious goodies than I ever will. We spotted the jars on one of the cafe’s shelves (he also stocks a few fair-trade and local food products) and I had to buy one.
Nofre told us his figat menorquí (a Menorcan recipe) is made from figs, sugar, melon, orange, lemon, and batafaluga. I had no idea about that last one but my subsequent research suggests it may be an alternative name for matafaluga, which seems to be an aromatic aniseed-like herb. It sounds a delicious combination and as we won’t be popping open a jar of our own fig conserve this year, we treated ourselves to one of Nofre’s. We have high expectations that it will be delicious with the cheeses we’ve chosen to eat over Christmas on Mallorca.
Whatever you’re eating and drinking this Christmas, bon profit!
El Palau will again be offering its delicious Friday night Japanese dinners from February 3rd. They are hugely popular and always sell out, so do book ahead if you fancy turning Japanese in Manacor!
©Jan Edwards 2016
Categories: Cafes and bars