Endive? Chicory? A Witloof by any other name will taste as good with a glass of Cider or Rosé, thanks to Sophia Lindop…

Sophia’s latest Endive dish ‘with no name’ –

Sophia Lindop is a well food person in Cape Town. Food-writer, tour leader, cookbook author, always searching, always tasty. Many of her dishes are based in her roots, one foot in Lebanon and one in South Africa. Her latest book, Going Home, due to be published soon, is a homage to her Lebanese heritage.

Supernosh by Anthony Worrall Thompson & Malcolm Gluck, winewriter

Recently, she posted this utterly delicious dish on Instagram [she’s worth following btw] and in the style of Anthony Worrall Thompson’s SuperNosh which he wrote with Malcolm Gluck, gives a basic idea of the pathway, though allows you to make your own wrinkles as you go along. I love this book and often use it when making a new dish.

Richard Bosman in his meat safe

She describes it thus, ’Another Endive Experiment’. She uses 4 endives, which the Belgians call Witloof and the Brits call Chicory. She uses bacon from Cape Town’s premier Charcutier, Richard Bosman [Click here].

Sophia Lindop, creator of this recipe

The recipe goes like this. Crisp the bacon first and remove from the pan. Caramelise the endive on the cut side with a dollop of butter. Turn them round, add the garlic  And allow to heat through. Pour about 100ml cider into the pan, top with bacon and a drizzle of honey. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. How easy is that.

For me, this is a great lunch time dish with a crispy baguette and a crisp green salad.

For me too, Rosé is the wine, plus perhaps a fine bottle of cider?

De Grendel Three Spades Cider

Made by Charles Hopkins on the estate from apples brought in from the Graaff Apple growing farms. It is a deliciously delicate crisp appley cider, almost like Champagne. So good on its ow mid-morning or with a meal like this. Stonking good with a buttery crusted apple pie

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Franschhoek Cellar Brut Rosé

Led by the Champagne grape Pinot Noir. Cherry blossom pink. Lovely mousse of bubbles rushing headlong to the top of the flute and forming a crown round the rim. Crisp crunchy red berry fruits. Lovely long creamy ending.

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Delaire Graff Cabernet Franc Rosé 2019

Made much like a Sauvignon Blanc, this Rosé is made from only Cabernet Franc grapes. Lovely colour, lovely aromas, lovely fruit – blackcurrants, fraises des bois and spun sugar. Long, sappy crisp and dry finish.

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Spier Signature Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Short time on the Pinot Noir Skins give this delicate pink. Co-ferment of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with only the free run juice. Whiffs of forest berries and Golden Delicious apples. Full and generous palate, fabulous fruit and a perfect counterbalancing acidity in the long ending.

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Bosman Family Vineyards Generation 8 Rosé

The Bosman Generation 8 Rosé, pale salmon in colour. Grapes from The Vine Garden in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, planted with 47 different wine grape varieties. Also, some grapes from the Bosman Family Vineyards Estate in Wellington. Forest berries and cranberries. Some oomph added by Cinsaut. Great texture and a fabulous aftertaste, great with food.

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Going Home is Sophia Lindop’s latest book paying homage to her homeland of Lebanon

To pre-order the book and read more about Sophia Lindop – CLICK HERE


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