Note Cumulus Inc. by Andrew McConnell is published by Penguin Lantern ($59.95, hbk). This extract has been reproduced with minor GT style changes.
"This is one of my favourite desserts, prepared only in the summer when the berries are at their best. I love the way the rich, vibrant berries are hidden beneath a blanket of white, snow-like ice-cream and meringue, beautiful on the palate and pleasing to the eye. Because the full flush of the berry season rarely intersects with the ripening of the first of the fresh figs, I use the young green fig leaves that shoot at the start of summer for this dessert. They have a subtle green flavour, which comes from the milky sap, and an elusive figgy perfume that rapidly fades, so be sure to make the ice-cream the same day the leaves are picked."