Simple Provisions

Fig and Prosciutto Salad

The Italians and Spaniards are fond of serving sweet and softly salty ham with fruit. And for that, we can thank them, for this combination can instantly transport you to the shores of the Mediterranean where life is slow and the light is golden.

This recipe is one of the first I ever memorised, and is the one that springs to mind when I see a box of ripe figs at the market. I discovered it while living above a pub in London. I was learning to cook under the tutelage of English TV chefs, helped along by my close proximity to the Borough Market. It was a period of trying new things (as your early 20s should be). I was taking advantage of cheap flights to Europe, exploring new cultures and returning to London with a more adventurous palette each time. This recipe was the perfect combination of easy…

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