This is a delicate (not to mention quick and easy!) appetizer or antipasto inspired by one of my favourite toasted sandwich fillings (from my cookbook, Florentine). It's a wonderful balance of sweet, bitter, salty, and creamy. Choose firm, crisp, bright witlof, avoid ones with any browning of the leaves. If you can't get a young, creamy, quite mild pecorino (aged versions are decidedly saltier and firmer), try asiago or provolone dolce instead. A delicate, fragrant honey (something not too sweet) is my preference for this, in Italy one would use locust honey. As a second, something more balsamic like a dark chestnut honey is also interesting. —Emiko
4 as part of an antipasto
Belgian endives (also known as witlof or chicory)
1/4 inch slices of young or semi-aged pecorino cheese (see note for alternatives)
The Australian-Japanese cookbook author has lived in Florence (where a visit to a cheese farm once inspired her to start a food blog) for over 10 years with her Tuscan sommelier husband and two kids. Her third cookbook, Tortellini at Midnight, is out now.