Recently my family and I spent a relaxing week in the tropical northern city of Cairns. As we often do, we took the long way home, which means a drive up to the Atherton Tablelands. It is a beautiful area reminicent of the rolling hills of Tasmania, New Zealand or some have said England. It is also a food bowl for North Queensland producing fabulous dairy products, fruits and vegetables, peanuts, sugar cane, wines and coffee. We always pick up something delicious. At the Big Peanut Fruit stall we stopped for the obligatory bag of hot roasted peanuts. This time we chose the smoked variety. Munching and enjoying the view we came across a hand drawn sign that simply said “FIGS” and after following a dirt road past lychee, mango and fig trees we came across the farm house. Beautiful, plump, purple figs, rare for our part of the world, were for sale for $10 per kilo. Really, a steal. I bought a few kilos for myself and a few for my sister. Hubby patiently emptied the esky so that the figs had pride of place. Finally we made a stop a the Mungalli Creek Dairy to pick up some fresh cheeses before the drive south.