Once I moved to London, for a few years I hardly ever had cugnà, except for the odd jar sent over by my mum. But a while ago I set out to make my own British version, which I pair with some tasty local cheeses. The ones you see in these pictures are a Stilton Blue, a Bath soft and some Italian Parmesan. Cheesemaking in the UK is undergoing a sort of renaissance, with literally hundreds new and old cheese recipes being developed or rediscovered. In London, I really enjoy visiting the Neal’s Yard Dairy stores in Covent Garden and at Borough and at every farmers market I visit, whether in London or anywhere else in the country, I always spend a while at the cheese stall chatting to the producers and tasting their products.
My British cugnà has also seen the influence of my living here in a melting pot of cultures. Gone is the traditional cinnamon and in are Middle Eastern and Asian spices that give bite and aroma to the sauce, without clashing with the cheese.
So here is my recipe for English style cugnà. You can make this literally anywhere, provided you can get hold of ripe fresh figs. I hope you enjoy it.
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