Newsletter – French wines and spirits sales to start Saturday – Delamain Cognac tasting – Bonne Chance La France Foot – Recipe Milles Feuilles de Myrtilles et Fromage Frais au Cognac

Dear French Market Shoppers,

I have been released today and am finally home after 3 weeks in hospital. The last 2 weeks were spent at the Helen Zille Wing of the Palm Gardens rehab centre which specialises in orthopaedics. For the first time in many years I was refereed to as the “young one” as the rest of the patients were about 80 in the shade. I was given the greatest of care and am now am up and about with crutches and a boot. I am extremely grateful to my surgeon Dr Jason Crane who successfully carried out this operation.

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My first stop was to collect my beautiful Bella from her “foster” mother and bring her home – she has definitely put on weight and is a big, fat, furry black ball. She is sitting beside me now curled up and purring as we enjoy the crackling fire on this freezing winter’s evening.

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I am not known for letting the grass grow under my feet and this afternoon was no exception. I attended a unique Cognac tasting for the trade given by the President of the Delamain House (see attached image). Cognac makers are a small group of people and as we chatted M. Peyrelongue and I discovered that we had lots of really good friends in common, its a small world. At the tasting he entranced us with his family history and how they have been making Cognac since the 1700s. They are one of the few independent, family owned, Cognac makers which allows them the freedom to chose how they make their cognac. They only choose the finest grapes (mostly Ugni Blanc) from the Cognac region known as Grande Champagne (I got so confused with this at first but realised it is an area in Cognac not Champagne). This has a chalky soil and produces the finest cognacs.

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Their House is globally recognised as specialists in aged Cognacs, their youngest Cognac on the market, Pale and Dry XO. is matured for 25 years. We tasted this, it has a refined, delicate taste which stays in the mouth for a long time. The 2nd tasting was a 35 year old matured Cognac, Vesper, which has a slightly darker colour and a hint of herbs and liquorice. The 3rd tasting was a 40 year old Cognac called Extra which was created for the famous chef Ducasse who was looking for a particular taste , this is a wonderful example of a fine Cognac. We did not get to taste their unique Century Cognac that was  made with Cognacs from each year of one century, at Euro 8,800 a flask, its not surprising (and guess what they sold out).

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So for the lucky ones who booked my first wine and Cognac tasting tomorrow, you can share this incredible tasting experience with me tomorrow afternoon. I have 1 late cancellation so if anyone is interested in taking the place please call me tomorrow morning.

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Afterwards France is playing Germany and the Alliance Francaise is screening the match on their big screen at 6pm. So if you did not get a space at the tasting and you want to enjoy what could be an exciting game surrounded by excitable Frenchmen then come to the Alliance at 155 Loop Street tomorrow evening. Drinks are available at the Cafe bar and some of my delicious Brie cheese on baguette will be available for the hungry ones.

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I am proud to announce that I have received the first of my alcohol stocks, including Pol Roger champagne and some Delamain cognac stock and will start to sell it in the shop from Saturday morning when I will be back in full swing. I will be extending my stock gradually but am delighted with these first ones I have sourced from small family producers of high quality wines. I enclose the first price list but please note this will be expanding all the time.

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Of course I will have a delicious stock of cheese and pates to accompany these wonderful wines to make a perfect meal for you.

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For my weekly recipe I was inspired to create a little desert with some Cognac. This is a really easy desert to make and combines the tartness of Fromage Frais with the delicious flavour of Cognac. The Myrtilles (blueberries) make a perfect combination. It is light and fresh and must be eaten straight away while the pastry is crisp. See my recipe page for details.

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I look forward so much to seeing you all again,

Best regards

Suzanne

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