Excuse me while I type while my mouth is full. [gulp]
I don’t usually eat the recipe I’m posting while I’m posting it, but I seriously can’t get enough of this salmon. Who knew figs and salmon would go so well together, right?
The truth is, I would eat figs over cardboard. They’re that good. And with Rosh Hashanah coming, I couldn’t think of a sweeter fruit to incorporate into my holiday meal. Fig season is short, and I want to make the most of it before it’s gone!
It’s hard to believe that summer is really coming to an end, and the High Holidays are almost upon us. I see it in the seasonal fruit that’s making it’s way into the stores (yay for honeycrisp apples!), I feel it while I shop around for school supplies, uniforms and Yom Tov clothes. And I even smell it in the air as the summer days turn to cool nights, and the scent of fall creeps in. It’s sad to see summer go, but the New Year brings with it a fresh start and new possibilities.
I feel about the The High Holidays, the same way I feel about the first day of school. It gives me butterflies. And even though I’m way past the school-era (thank G-d!!), I still get those butterflies when I take my kids to orientation on the first day. I never realized the benefits of marrying someone whose last name begins with an “A”, until my kids started school. Thankfully, I don’t have to sit there for hours until their name is called!
I may not be in school anymore, but the truth is, my name is still called, each year, on high. As we read in the prayer of “Unesanneh Tokef“, “All created beings pass before you, one-by-one, like a flock of sheep…You count, reckon, and are mindful of them, and you allocate the fixed portion for the needs of all your creatures”.
May we all be blessed, that as our names gets called by the ultimate principal, may we be inscribed for a SWEET (and figgy) New Year filled with healthy, happiness, peace and of course, good food!
I’d like to think that this holiday isn’t just about the food, but the truth is, it is so much a part of it. We celebrate Rosh Hashanah through an assortment of symbolic foods, including the head of a fish and sweet, sticky honey. This recipe uses a whole side of salmon, but you can feel free to cook the fish head along with it, for a beautiful presentation. I love how festive and elegant this is, not to mention sweet! It is sure to be a show stopper on your holiday table.
Honey Fig Roasted Salmon
1 whole side of salmon
8 oz. fresh Black Mission figs, stem removed and quartered
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp orange zest
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
2 scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish
fresh orange slices, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet and set aside.
Place the figs, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until figs have softened and the mixture is thick, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce over the salmon and bake for 20 minutes, or until salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Garnish with scallions and orange slices.