So Monday was my birthday, and as Q does each year, she put on a magnificent spread of food for me. I wish she would do it more often. I’m going to only post one dish here now as a taster. I love figs so much, seriously one of my favourite fruits. I’ve even created a sauce out of it that has now won an award. I also love making fig jam and salads also.
I’m hopefully going to post a fig salad on here very soon when I make one. Gotta love figs, but wish they had a longer season! Dried figs just aren’t the same as fresh figs! I don’t believe there are enough fig recipes online. They are also not easy to find. You usually have to go to a farmer’s market to get some. I got mine from Vergone’s on Pinjarra Rd, just outside of Mandurah.
I also love prosciutto. Lately there has been a lot of attention given to the Spanish equivalent jamon which i also think is really nice, but for the purpose of this dish the prosciutto certainly sufficed. I also love prosciutto in pasta dishes or with poached eggs. It goes really nice with a poached egg and asparagus salad.
She made a plate of these figs with blue cheese, prosciutto and toasted walnuts from Belinda Jeffery’s 100 Favourite Recipe Cookbook. AMAZING!
- 100g Blue Cheese (Q used blue castello)
- 100g creme fraiche
- 12 Figs (I bought both purple and green figs as they have different flavours. They are different to the black genoa figs im growing. Unfortunately I only really have enough room for one fig tree right now)
- Handful toasted walnuts
- 4 slices prosciutto sliced into fine strips
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle on top
- Salt and black pepper
- Mash blue cheese and mix in creme fraiche
- Halve figs and place them on plates. If they aren’t balanced you can slice some off the bottom to make it flat.
- Ass blue cheese mixture, add some walnuts, small pile of prosciutto strips and drizzle them with olive oil. The picture shows the finished product.