The preparation is as follows: 1. Select two large ripe figs and slice off the bases, so they sit straight. 2. Split each top four ways to open up the pink fleshy interior. 3. Smooth three-quarters of a teaspoon of blue vein cheese into the top of each fig. 4. Wrap each fig in a thin layer of bacon, ham or prosciutto and secure with a toothpick. 5. Bake in a moderate oven until hot and tender. 6. Serve with a rocket salad that includes red pepper and red onion. 7. Make up a sherry vinegar tarago blue cheese dressing and drizzle over the salad.
Figs, when plump, ripe and picked straight from the tree deserve their reputation as the fruit of the gods. When dried, made into conserves or baked in the above manner, figs take on a rich sensual character.