Thursday, July 14, 2005

Breakfast # 1: Fig & Gorgonzola Tartine


My first breakfast post! More to come I assure you. This is proof of how susceptible I am to the little "serving suggestion" pictures. I was wandering about Santi's Deli and I spotted a package of gorgonzola cheese with a picture of the gorgonzola spread on a slice of country bread and some fresh figs on the side. "Mmmmm! How nice that looks and I want to eat that right now!", I thought to myself. No fresh figs to be found but there was a package of dried figs in Santi's with the promise of being soft and moist written all over it, so I snapped them up. The figs did turn out to be soft and moist, and with the gorgonzola, an absolute winner. I think the flavors -- the stinky-cheesiness of the gorgonzola plus the sweet-stickiness of the figs (and the tiny chruch of its seeds) -- went together perfectly.

This made me think of another fruit/cheese duo that I get along with famously: Mango jam and Gruyere. My dad makes his own mango jam which I pair with the Gruyere I got from, well, Gruyere (adorable little Swiss town and home to the H.R. Giger Museum -- nice juxtaposition, no?). I am jealously hoarding it as it grows more and more ornery in smell.

Aaah, breakfast! The possibilities are endless...

8 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, a new Filipino food blog! This looks very promising. May I recruit you for a Pinoy food blogging event for August? I'll have to think of the mechanics first but just to inform you, hehehe!

By the way, thanks for dropping by my blog.

ChichaJo said...

Sure! Let me know what you have in store for August :-) Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words!

Midge said...

Hullo. Thanks for your comment on my blog. ^_^

Incidentally, fresh apricots and nectarines (whenever available in local supermarkets; Makati Super mostly) on mascarpone or cream cheese on walnut bread makes an equally lovely breakfast.

ChichaJo said...

Fresh apricots and nectarines? Here? Really? Makati Super you say? I will have to keep an eye out...do you mean Makati Super in Alabang (I always found that strange) or in Makati? Your idea sounds lovely and it just so happens that I have a loaf of walnut bread waiting for my consumption...

Midge said...

Hullo! Yep: it's Makati Supermarket in Alabang. Sometimes they even have fresh cherries! I've also seen some really keen fresh produce at Unimart in Greenhills. I'll also be acting on a tip from Jaime Laya's essay in the book Comfort Foods about a little shop in San Juan that sells fresh peaches, plums, cherries, and figs all year round. I'll keep you posted on how that goes. ^_^

ChichaJo said...

Yes! Please let me know!

Midge said...

Hey, Joey!

Fresh produce heads-up: Shopwise has fresh peaches, plums, and cherries in its produce section. (Just checked it out on Saturday.) Plus, Rustan's Supermarket has nectarines and cherries in the fresh foods section.

Hope this makes your day!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks for the heads up! Will try to check it out as soon as I can :-)