Parma or other cured and uncooked ham,
sliced wafer thin
a few watercress sprigs, to garnish
Leave the figs in a warm room or in
the sun in order to serve them slightly warm. Remove the stalks and slice the figs
in half lengthways, to show off the seed color to advantage. Arrange the ham on individual plates
with the fig slices in a decorative pattern.
Garnish with a very little watercress
and the wedge of lemon. Some people find that the juice brings
out the full flavor of the figs. Serve with thinly sliced whole meal
Note : Fresh figs are available for
such a short season, in the autumn, that they are always a luxury. Serve
and present them at their best - simply halved.