This is more of an 'idea' than a recipe, so I feel a bit of a slacker in posting this. Please forgive me!
But the fresh fiigs were so lovely (and cheap!) and it was the work of an instant to throw them in my trolley at the grocer's and start thinking about what to do with them.
I think it's a bit of a waste not to eat fruit raw when it's at its prime - the summer nectarines, peaches and plums are brilliant at the moment, and there's nothing like biting into a lightly chilled piece of fruit that is heavy with juice. And so it is with these figs - I was thinking of baking them with some prosciutto, but laziness, a lack of prosciutto and steamy, humid weather (no baking, thanks!) won out. Also, I was so languid that making a balsamic sauce was too much effort; luckily, some fragrant floral honey is perfect when drizzled on the blue cheese, which in turn complements the soft, sweet figs flawlessly.
Figs with blue cheese and honey
2-3 ripe figs
70g soft blue cheese
30ml runny honey
1. Cut the stem from the figs, then cut a deep cross in the top of the fig and spread out slightly
2. Crumble the blue cheese over the figs, then drizzle the honey on top. Serve.
A soft, ripe fig is blissful on its own...
...but add blue cheese and honey, and it's ambrosial.
By the way, have you tried blue cheese with just honey - the combination of salty/sharp and sweet is surprising but addictive. It would make a fantastic dessert.