Ten years ago, recounts Maalouf, the demand for mushrooms and endives
was very high in Lebanon, owing to the wide variety of Italian, and to a lesser extent, French restaurants.
Colourful winter salad leaves like radicchio, treviso and Belgian endive
are arranged on individual plates.
FROM TOP: Endive
Salad, Mtedza Savoury Rice, Sri Lankan Curry and Tropical Compote OUT OF AFRICA: Harriet Lamb (centre) of the Fairtrade Foundation with coffee producers in Rwanda.
Most of what's produced on the farm is purchased by restaurants and hotels; it is very likely that each stem of red, purple or white asparagus you eat in Egypt has come from Makar Farms, or else that delightful endive
and goat cheese salad made its way to your plate from here in Sakkara.
WITH PARMA HAM Ingredients (serves 6) 6 endives
cut in half lengthways 40g unsalted butter 4 tsp caster sugar 75g breadcrumbs 75g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated Good sprig of thyme, stalk removed and chopped 120ml whipping cream 12 thin slices of Parma ham Olive oil Sea salt and freshly milled pepper Method 1.
Continue to harvest *vegetables, including the first Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbages, endives
, spinach, turnips and Jerusalem artichokes.
Ten weeks before frost, plant winter lettuce ('Winter Density" or "Rouge d'Hiver') and the endives
. "Batavian Full Heart" is a good endive
, sold by Baker Creek Seed.
Salad is prepared; Dinner is served; Adam Bennett, head chef, puts the finishing touches to one of the dishes; Simon Morris, chef patisserie, prepares meringues for the evening's sweets; Sauce is added to the poached eggs and asparagus; Poached egg with chivelouge with asparagus; Aberdeenshire Beef, chips cooked in duck fat with cepe puree and red wine sauce sits ready for table; Scallop with sesame seed crust, with endive
and sauce d'epice sit ready to head for the dining room
AS a hay fever sufferer, stock up on apples, onions, lollo rosso lettuces, endives
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SALAD 500 g endives
500 g strawberries 200 g crumbled Roquefurt cheese 3 tablespoons roasted pine nuts DRESSING 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons Port wine Sea salt to taste Freshly ground pepper 4 tablespoons safflower oil
Fill in the space of harvested early summer crops such as broad beans and shallots with follow-on crops such as endives
spaghetti 8 slices thick-cut bacon (8 oz.), chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup chopped red onion 8 Belgian endives
(1 1/4 lbs.