Newsletter – Wine and Delamain cognac tasting 4July – Bastille Day 14th July -Recipe 2014 24 Veloute de Betterave et celeri – Creamy Beetroot and celery soup

Dear French Market Shoppers,

Last Saturday was the summer Solstice on the 21st of June, this is one of my favourite days as it is the shortest day of the year and from then on we are on our way towards summer. France was the first country to formally organise a country wide celebration of Music, La Fete de la Musique on the 21st June 1982. The aim of the festival is to encourage amateur and professional musicians to play in the street and for all musical events to be offered free to the public. Since then, throughout France you will find musicians playing in the streets and lots of musical Events. As a result of the popularity of this Festival 110 other countries have adopted this great concept and the 21st of June is now known as World Music Day.

As most of you know I have been recuperating after my ankle op and the physios are pleased with my progress. I am now allowed to put weight on my ankle and have started to walk with crutches. I have not been idle as I have been preparing for the launch of my wines and spirits. This has meant a lot of research to find the right products and I have enjoyed reading up on the different wine makers and their historic vineyards. I have been trying to memorise all the different regions, sub regions and micro areas. The history of wine growing in France dates back over 2000 years when the Romans settled there, there are still some wine cellars that were built in The Roman times. I expect to have the first of my wines and spirits on sale by next weekend.

I have had a good response for my first Unique and Exclusive French Market ‘Champagne, Wine and Cognac’ Tasting with French cheese pairing on Friday the 4th of July in the afternoon, I do have a couple of spare places if you are interested in booking, the price is R400 per person. Please contact me before Sunday night as I need final numbers before Monday morning. The Consul of France is my guest of Honour and the Directeur of the Alliance Française has graciously offered me their venue. We are tasting a Pol Roger champagne, a Chablis from Burgundy, a Sancerre from the Loire, a Rose from Provence, a Bourgogne Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux Superieur followed by 3 Dalamain Cognacs. Plus I will pair this with some of my cheeses.

The French National Day, Bastille Day, is in 2 weeks so the best way to enjoy it will be to invite friends round for a Bastille party and serve them some delicious French cheeses and French wines. If you would like me to suggest a platter and wine combination I will do so with pleasure.

With the cold and wet winter evenings I always enjoy a hot soup, I find it is a very “comforting” food. Fresh vegetable soup is really easy to make and you can also freeze some for another meal. I made this recipe just before I came into hospital and froze some so that I would have a few ready made servings when I came home. I decided to make a change to the traditional beetroot soup by adding celery, this lightens the flavour and adds an interesting hint of pepper. You can add a swirl of fromage frais just before serving. See all my menus 0n my menus page.

I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best regards


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