The Figs of the Gods and Cheese

March 6, 2009

Copyright ficoco 2009

Copyright ficoco 2009

In most of my reviews, I include pairings of wine, beer and other foods that go well with cheese. Today I thought I would explore spreads that also add to the enjoyment of cheese.

I have noticed that The Lady, from time-to-time, gets something she calls “samples” which loosely interpreted means “free stuff” to try and hopefully like. That wonderful Abondance was a sample and this week she brought home a small jar of a spread called Ficoco. Holy smokes what a divine creation.

Humankind thinks that the superior (my opinion, not humankinds) feline should not eat certain foods. Thank goodness The Lady pretty much lets me make my own culinary decisions and that has resulted, in my own culture, of me being known as a superior feline foodie… just ask The Brain. Well, you can try, but seldom does he speak to the lowly humankinds… but I digress.

Ficoco is a sweet, trans fat-free spread made from Dalmatian figs and cocoa and pure cane sugar. Now I ask you…what’s not to like about something with cocoa and sugar…oh right…and don’t forget, figs???

The Lady bought at her Kiosk a wedge of Brie de Nangis to accompany the Ficoco which she and The Man had a snack while they watched this silly television show called American Idol where humankinds, who think they can sing, sound pitchy and are forced to suffer through the ridicule of a Brit named Simon Cowell…who, in this feline’s humble opinion, is mostly spot-on…oh right, I was discussing cheese and Ficoco…back on track…

The Man, not your biggest Brie fan, loved the Nangis with the Ficoco spread; but quite frankly I think you could spread Ficoco on most anything and he’d like it (use your imagination). Not to insult Nangis, this is The Lady’s Number One choice in Brie; but my money says it was the Ficoco that caught The Man’s attention. And I have research to back this up (after all I am on earth to observe and observe is what I do best…). In the past, The Lady has brought home Dalmatia Fig Spread and Dalmatia Fig Spread with Orange. Both have a nice portion of cane sugar. The Man liked the cheeses The Lady paired with those two spreads as well…see where I’m going? Common ingredient in all three spreads is cane sugar (well, figs, but that’s not where my money goes…). The Man does have a thing called a “sweet tooth” – and the sweeter the food; the sweeter the tooth…

The Lady paired the Dalmatia Fig Spread with Queso Iberico and that pairing was the feline’s meow. With the Dalmatia Fig with Orange Spread she chose Idiazabal; again another excellent pairing. The Lady knows her pairings…

Here are a few other suggestions for pairing these three spreads:

  • Proscuitto and Walnuts
  • Pears and Blue Cheese
  • Bread and Kerrygold Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Ice Cream

Dalmatia Fig Spread with Orange won the prestigious 2004 NASFT Gold Medal.

I give Fig Spread and Fig Spread with Orange 3 out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got) and I give Ficoco 4 out of 4 Paws (again, cause that’s all I’ve got).


9 Responses to “The Figs of the Gods and Cheese”

  1. […] Foodie (that would be moi) a selection of spreads to accent the cheeses and The Man chose the Dalmatian Orange-Fig Spread and pronounced it a perfect pairing. Personally I would love to have this cheese served with a […]

  2. […] Suggestions: The Man put a little dollop of Dalmatian Fig Spread on his and pronounced (he likes to do that… a lot) it a perfect pairing. And here’s a […]

  3. […] It is very spreadable and The Lady and I enjoyed our wedge with freshly baked French Baguette and Dalmatian Fig Spread. It was a delightful afternoon spent at the […]

  4. […] Serve with butter and Dalmatian Fig Spread. […]

  5. […] Serving Suggestions: These cheeses can be served as appetizer, entrée or dessert. Top it with mushrooms, asparagus or grilled onions. As a dessert, serve it with jam or honey or Ficoco Spread. […]

  6. […] and pleasantly sour and had a slightly bitter after taste which I really liked. The Lady served Ficoco with it and Vinta Crackers from Canada’s Dare […]

  7. […] Marisa took home a First Place Ribbon in its class at the 2005 American Cheese Society. The Dalmatian Fig Spread added just the right amount of […]

  8. […] to preserve the integrity of the first tastings. Then after the notes were done, she added Dalmatia Fig Spread, Ficoco and Strawberry preserves to the board to compliment the cheeses. She also had a few green grapes […]

  9. […] Dalmatian Fig Spread – either in the sandwich or on the side for dipping – we had it on the side. […]

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