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Random Fridays: Stilton and fresh figs

A perfect pairing.

A perfect pairing.

I remember the first time I had fresh figs: I bought a bag from a woman selling them beside a road in Jordan. I had only ever eaten dried figs before (stewed into baggy pyramid shapes with pronounced stems, tough on the outside and seedy on the inside), so was curious. What a revelation! Sweet, juicy and full of flavour. Sadly, no supermarket fresh fig has ever come close to the glory of those Jordanian roadside figs, but I’ve discovered that they go extremely well with blue cheese. In the words of this week’s photo challenge, they are a good match.


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Rock on

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”
The quotation that introduces my entry in this week’s Travel Theme: Stone challenge is courtesy of Jane Austen (‘Pride and Prejudice’). Heaven knows, there’s nothing like a mountain to put you in your place.

The North Face of the Eiger, Switzerland.

The North Face of the Eiger, Switzerland.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum, Jordan.

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Australia.

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Australia.

Rock bridge, Sao Lourenco, Madeira.

Rock bridge, Sao Lourenco, Madeira.

Eroded by wind, used for target practice by Napolean and roosted upon by pigeons, the Sphinx is battered but remains enigmatic. (Cairo, Egypt)

Eroded by wind, used for target practice by Napolean and roosted upon by pigeons, the Sphinx is battered but remains enigmatic. (Cairo, Egypt)