I had a wonderful cheese last summer from Andante that was wrapped in wine soaked fig leaves. I started looking at what else could be wrapped in fig leaves.
There seem to be three recipes for fish with fig leaves. I tried the Alice Waters recipe (without sauce) that is linked below. It was just wonderful. The house filled with a toasted coconut smell and the flavor of the fish was just outstanding.
Being a cooking idiot, this was super simple. I just wrapped fish fillets in fig leaves, put them in the baking dish over a cup of water and baked for 10 minutes in a 375 oven. If you have more cooking skills, I'll bet you could really make a delicious dish. Next time I think I'll soak the leaves in white wine and drizzle a little lemon on before baking.
If anyone else has simple fig leave recipes, please share.
The ,ahem, SF Ferry Plaza market, is currently selling fresh fig leaves (my last purchase actually).
Since I could not find the Fresh Fish Company on Saturday, I went to Half Moon Bay yesterday and the Princton Seafood Company has an incredible fresh seafood store in the back. Fresh off the boat local seafood in the tiny shop. Prices are great. There's live fish as well. Not a huge selection, but fresh, fresh, fresh.
The restaurant is only ok. I was there a few years ago and a friend talked me into eating there yesterday. The crab cakes had a little too much breadcrumbs in them. They had an impressive looking sourdough and supposedly their clam chowder and artichoke soup is good. The fish was good, the veggies ok. I think I prefer Barbara's restaurant-wise better.
The Half Moon Bay Fish Company, usually has a good selection of fish, but Monday doesn't seem to be the best day to go. The fish looked not better than what I saw at Andronico's. My friend had a crab cocktail and said it was excellent.
Here are the other two fig leave recipes I found on the web:
Fish Wrapped in Fig Leaves with Red Wine Sauce
Whole Roasted Fish in Fig Leaves with Potatoes, Black Olives and Lemon
Princeton Seafood Company
#9 Johnson Pier Pillar Point Harbor
P.O. Box 665
El Granada, CA 94018
Phone: (650) 726-2722
Half Moon Bay Fish Market
99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-2561