When Sabrina Ghayour started running her 'Sabrina's Kitchen' supper clubs, her Persian and Middle Eastern-influenced dishes made her one of the most popular self-taught chefs and food writers around. She went on to write Persiana, her first cookbook, and has just come out with her second, Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. Her recipes offered us exotic flavours that were still refreshingly simple to recreate.
Here, the figs, salty cheese and syrupy balsamic vinegar all work together in this salad to create a light but flavoursome dish that takes seconds to make. A young, fresh, semi-soft pecorino with a creamy texture – usually found in delis – is worth the additional effort it takes to find.