Weekly Newsletter World earth hour 29March 20h30 -Music in the city – Fromage frais – Recipe beignets au puree de pommes de terre et marrons a l’emmental
Weekly newsletter Human Rights Day – Ripe Brie and Camembert – Recipe Cuisses de canard au cassis – Duck legs in blackcurrant sauce
Weekly newsletter: Autumn is coming? Freshly Ground at De Waal Park – New stock raw goats milk camembert and Bergkase
I am always interested in the way the French adopt English words into contemporary French vocabulary. For example the culinary word “dip” is known in French as “le dip” , instead of the translation “la trempette”. The English word is then further franglicised into a verb “Dipper”: to Dip. Personally I prefer the sound of French words, “Dip” sounds so ’MacDos” (franglais for MacDonalds). A Trempette is ideal to serve with an “apero” or as part of a picnic. The accompaniment can be cheese straws or thin sliced vegetables. In this week’s recipe my “Trempette” is an amazing garlic and fresh cream cheese mixture. I made some cheese straws using Woolies butter puff pastry which rose beautifully. It took just a couple of minutes to prepare everything and the result was delicious. See my recipe page.
Some are plain and some are rolled in dried herbs. I have also received more stock of Edwin’s 14 months Bergkase which has so much flavour due to its maturity. You are always welcome to come along and taste the cheeses
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour carbo loading with Creme de Marron – Alain Huchon floating trophy
Plaque about Alain on one end of the trophy reads “Alain Huchon, Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Paul Harris Fellow; dedicated much of his life to community service through his voluntary work as a Trustee of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont and President of the World Council of Young Mens’ Service Clubs”
Plaque about the Penny-Farthing on the other end of the trophy reads “Penny Farthing history: In 1869 Frenchman Eugene Meyer patented an individually adjustable wire-spoke tension wheel for his classic high-wheel bicycle design. Englishman James Starley added the tangent spokes for his Ariel bicycle. Its popularity coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.The nickname comes from a large and small British coin.”
I believe this unique trophy will attract more international cyclists to compete in the Cycle Tour and will give recognition to Alain’s contribution to the event and keep his name alive every year that the trophy is awarded.
French Market newsletter- Comte 10 months – Pont l Eveque – Camembert de Normandie – Petit Suisse – Cantal – Recipe Pates au steak et Beurre au truffe blanche
There are certain unique foods produced in France which I love. One of these is the green lentil from Puy. These are my favourite lentils because they have a lovely peppery flavour, they don’t go mushy when cooked and they make me feel healthy because they are rich in protein. Their uniqueness comes from the valley where they have been grown since pre-Roman times, Le-Puy-en-Velay in the Haute Loire, which has a micro climate with low humidity due to the surrounding old volcanoes. They are naturally cultivated without extra watering or fertilisers. Unlike other lentils their skin is very thin due to the lack of humidity so they do not need to be soaked beforehand. Smaller than most lentils, their colour is a dark green to steel blue due to anthocyanin, a pigment, which is also present in blueberries and red grapes. Because their uniqueness is due to their origin they are certified both AOC and AOP.
French Market Newsletter- Happy Valentine’s Day – Tomme Noire des Pyrenees – Lentilles de Puy – Recipe Quiche au blanc de volaille et truffe blanche- Chicken breast and white truffle quiche
My new cheese stock is selling well particularly the Coeur de Neufchatel and Fromage frais which sold out quickly. If you are looking for something really special I still have a couple of Mont D’or which are vacherin style cheeses.
mountains on the western edge of France. The cheese texture is medium firm and light cream coloured with a delicate but distinctive buttery flavour. Please refer to the attached price list for the full details of all cheeses available.
Dear French Market Shoppers,
Valentine’s Day is next Friday the 14th and I hear that there are lots of romantic evenings being planned. In France Valentine’s Day is called Le Saint Valentin and is celebrated in the same way as the rest of the globe. Paris has long been perceived as the most romantic capital in the world where lovers walk hand in hand along the Seine whispering “Je t’aime”. However if you just cannot get away next weekend to Paris then you can create a romantic French evening for your beloved here in Cape Town. You can start by writing them a Valentine’s card and use a French phrase telling them how much you love them and giving them some beautiful roses.
Candlelight dinners have to be the most romantic setting for a Valentine’s evening. You can plan a romantic evening at home by creating a beautiful but simple setting either indoors or outdoors: decorate a table with flowers, set out your best china and glasses and of course some candles. Your dinner does not need to be complicated. Here is an idea for a menu which is easy to prepare: Start with a slice of French terrine served with baguette or small toasts, followed by some confit de canard (cooked French duck from my shop) and sauté potatoes. The confit just needs to be heated up and the sauté potatoes just need peeling, slicing and frying in a pan. Follow this by a light green salad dressed with walnut or Hazelnut oil. Then a small platter of some tasty French cheeses and baguette. Finish with a cake from Cassis de Paris or a box of chocolates. All to be accompanied by a bottle of bubbly or some good wine. This is much less stressful than fighting for places in busy restaurants and you can peacefully talk together and enjoy each others company.
I am delighted that I will have about 150kgs of cheese arriving tomorrow in time for your Valentine’s dinners, it was delayed 24 hours due to the flights but it should be in the shop by midday today. I will have my gold medal Brie de Meaux , Camembert maxi bocage from Normandie, Cantal entre deux, Tomme de Savoie, Petits Suisse,Mont D’Or vacherin, Morbier and Roquefort to mention just a few.
I expect to get in some more Coeur de Neufchatel (Cheese hearts) which make a wonderful Valentine’s gift, please let me know if you wish to reserve one. I might even receive some Fromage Frais but this has not been confirmed yet.
I always seem to end up with bits and pieces of cheese left over from a meal; I never throw them out as I can use them in a recipe. This weekend I needed to make something for a picnic so I decided to make some savoury muffins. I checked out my food stock to see what I could use. I found some well smoked “lardons” bacon pieces, an onion, some really old, hard Tomme de Savoie and some Fromage frais in the fridge. I reckoned that if I added some Herbes de Provence, this was going to make some tasty muffins. I was delighted by the result, the aroma of the Herbes floated out of the cooked muffins and we enjoyed them while we sipped some bubbles and listened to the Opera in the Garden at Springfield. I froze a few and had them a few days later, heated up with a slice of butter, they were equally delicious. I will try to load the recipe on the site – I am still learning how to do this.
I hope you enjoy your weekend and look forward to seeing you at La Crémerie French market shop again soon.
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