Sophia Lindop is Queen of her Lebanese Kitchen in Cape Town, where she regularly holds Cookery Classes introducing people to the wonders of Lebanese Cuisine. Having known her for a long time and eaten her food regularly, I can vouch for the fact that she is a brilliant cook. Author of 5 or 6 cookbooks, Going Home being the latest release – and it is full of recipes and beautiful photography by Hein van Tonder. It is the sort of book you want in your kitchen to cook different and delicious food for your guests.
Her sweetmeat, Nammourah, is a Semolina and Lemon Cake. Quite firm, with a delicious syrup poured over the top. Sophia says that “Lebanese sweets are seldom overbearingly sweet – that’s what I like most about them.”
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Peter de Wet, family Winemaker on the Estate, could not resist naming this wine for his enchanting eponymous niece. The only little girl in the close family, she is totally enchanting. As is her brother Daniel, perhaps he too will have a wine named for him one day.
I have written about this Robertson Wine Appellation wine before. It is a perfect St Valentine’s Day wine, made form Cabernet Franc. Pour from a crystal-clear Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap covered in a pink wax coating. The label is delicate of design, so appropriate for Lilya. In the glass, the wine is a cherry blossom pink with flashes of onion skin or what the Californians call partridge eye. The aromas are of delicate aromatic fynbos flowers. The rest is red berries, and ripe white fleshed peaches. These lead into the entry where they are joined by delicate spice and a touch of candied sugar. The generous mid palate and the long and gently waning aftertaste are satisfying and ‘more-ish.’ The wine is made for now drinking.
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