This blog post was supposed to be about endive mix. Many of the vegetables in the following pictures are from the endive family – sugarloaf endive, radicchio, I think there may be some frisee and/or escarole that made it in here. But while reviewing the pictures that I took of Nicolas and his endive heads, all I could see were his hands; how hard-working and rugged they are, how masculine – but mostly – how covered in rubber bands. The many rubber bands in the first shot have nothing to do with the task at hand. They are there, as rubber bands always seem to be on Nicolas, for some upcoming picking job where they will be vitally necessary. I have even seen several of them lined up on his wrist, many times, while he is sleeping. I love that.
So, in case you are more interested in the vegetables, that large icy green wonder above and directly below is called sugarloaf endive.
Back to the endive family. Below is part of a row of escarole endive. We use these a lot to make a favorite salad. We chop them into strips and mix them with dulce (a seasoning), olive oil, mulkasan (a vinegar), some salt, minced garlic and chopped walnuts. You can make this with any of the endive heads. So good!