One of the most common and most popular classes I teach is my Table for Two: Couples Class. It does not matter if you’ve been married for ten years or you’ve been dating for five months, couples can and will hit rough spots. The source of most of these problems stem from one or two of the following:
1) Not Enough Quality Time Together
2) Not Communicating

How do you overcome these potential relationship hiccups? You need to make a conscious effort to plan a ‘Date Night.’ I suggest your date night be in the form of a romantic/gourmet picnic that will allow you both to get Figgy-with-it! Yes, nothing says romance and gourmet like serving some homemade Figgy Jam with your favorite fancy cheese (I love brie), fresh baguette of bread and maybe a special cured salami from a local European market.

Remember, the therapy for your relationship begins in the process of cooking. You will kick-start your communication and spend time together cooking as a couple when making the Figgy Jam. Once it is made pack a basket and hit your favorite spot outdoors. If your schedules are so hectic that the one day you select the weather is not cooperating don’t fret. Nothing can be more charming than sitting on your living room carpet in full picnic regalia, music playing in the back ground and the sound of rain outside. The point here is to make time for one another and remember the important things in life; each other.

    Figgy Jam

    Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fresh figs (chopped or cubed)
  • ¼ Teaspoon of fresh or dried thyme
  • ½ cup of honey
  • Zest of one orange
  • A pinch of salt
  • Process:

  • Step 1:
  • Pour a half cup of honey into a small sauce pan and heat on medium until it begins to simmer. While waiting for the honey, take your 1 pound of fresh figs and chop or cube them into bite size pieces. In addition, use this time and zest one orange.

  • Step 2:
  • Once the honey has begun to simmer, add the thyme, orange zest, pinch of salt and the figs. Mix well in the pan allow and continue to simmer for the next five to ten minutes or until the figs are tender by piercing with a fork.

  • Step 3:
  • Once the figs are tender, remove the saucepan from the heat and place your jam in a bowl. If you own actual jars with lids that will work just as well. Place into the refrigerator for one hour for the jam to firm up and then serve!