Fresh figs with soft pecorino and honey

By Ms.Gourmet on April 20, 2009 10:24 PM
Last Thursday morning Hoover, Fussy and I caught up with my dear friend Jacqueline and her two girls. Being the second week of school holidays we were all starting to go a little spare. We decided to meet at a park so all four kids could run, jump, climb and yell while Jacqueline and I sat and chatted and pretended that they didn't belong to us.

After an hour or so the kids started to show signs of fatigue and started to complain about being hungry (well it was almost 1pm). Jacqueline suggested we head back to her house in Brunswick as she had a huge pot of minestrone sitting on the stove waiting for us. So she bravely volunteered to take all four kids back to her house while I swung by the local fish and chip shop and ordered enough hot chips to feed a small island.

It was a glorious sunny autumn day so Jacqueline and I decided to sit in her back garden while the kids systematically turned her house upside down. Oblivious to all the calamity indoors, we sat and chatted for hours solving the words problems twice over. Before we knew it the kids were complaining about being hungry - again. How could it already be 5.00pm?

Rather than overstay our welcome we decided to say our goodbyes and head home for dinner, but not before we picked a bag full of fresh figs from Jacqueline's amazing fig tree.

Fresh figs with soft pecorino and honey

Adapted from Ottolenghi the Cookbook 2008

You could have this on it's own as a starter or you could serve it on some grilled sourdough bread and enjoy it as a light lunch. Delicious and more-ish either way.


Wild rocket

Ripe green or black figs

Soft pecorino

Olive oil


Lemon juice

Sea salt & freshly ground pepper


1. Slice the soughdough bread and lightly brush it with some olive oil and then grill it on both sides. Whisk the olive oil, juice and honey together and season to taste. Using your hands tear figs into quarters and then tear the cheese into large chunks.

2. Arrange the rocket, figs and pecorino over the grilled sourdough and then drizzle with the honey dressing. Finish with some freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

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  • Ms.Gourmet: No, I beg to differ, I think it's positively divine! read more
  • Ms.Gourmet: Jamie fresh figs are incredibly lush, sweet and fragrant - read more
  • Jamie: I am kinda scared of eating fresh figs but your read more
  • Ganga: Oh boy, that looks sinful. read more
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  • RecipeGirl: Gorgeous. LOVE figs, and the simplicity of this is perfect! read more