I saw something similar to this dish made on a TV cooking show years ago, but using dried plums (prunes). I tried duplicating this recipe, especially in cold weather months, but when I recently used figs in place of the prunes, I felt I'd achieved a near perfect dish which could be used as a side or desert. Your kitchen will be 'perfumed' with the wonderful odors that that are produced when preparing it!
This is a great holiday or cold weather dish!
Combine the port & wine and heat until hot but not boiling.
Add the figs, dried fruits & spices, stir well & heat, to a low simmer, covered, for approx. 5 min.
Pour into a tightly covered dish or container and allow to stand overnight, or (better) for 24 hrs.
Serve at room temp. or chilled, as a side, relish dish, or with vanilla ice cream and / or over sponge cake as a desert.
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