This is so simple - scarcely a recipe really - but so good. Unless you get figs straight from the tree they sometimes need the blistering heat of an oven or grill to bring out all their honeyed sweetness. This is the pudding to end a slow-grazing, long-picking dinner eaten outside on a warm, balmy night.
If you haven't got any vanilla sugar, just use ordinary caster sugar and add a drop of pure vanilla extract along with the flower waters. A Middle-Eastern store of some kind will stock packets of slivered pistachios, vividly green and splintered into little boat-shaped shards. But if you can't get them, just buy shelled pistachios from a healthshop or supermarket and chop them roughly with a knife or mezzaluna yourself.
Recipe posted by Nigella