Weekly Newsletter – Heritage Day Huguenots – 100kgs cheese arriving – Hine Cognac -Weekly recipe beignets de pommes et comte

Dear French Market Shoppers,

I hope that you enjoyed Heritage Day. In South Africa the French heritage is still strong with many families having traced their routes back to their Huguenot Ancestors. several of you came to buy platters of cheese this week to share your ”French” heritage with your friends.

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I am expecting a 100kgs of French cheese to come in tomorrow and will have, I hope unless customs delays it, some of the lovely buttery Cantal, Reblochon and Tomme de Savoie, creamy Brie from the Vosge, crumbly Bleu d’Auvergne, Camembert from Normandie, little Goats Crottins from Perigord, Epoisses from Burgundy and many more delicious cheeses.

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This week I received a stock of Hine Cognac. This 250 year old Cognac house produces some exceptional Cognac. Only grapes grown in the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne regions are used as they produce Cognacs with great aging potential. The first client that walked in to my shop and saw the Hine Cognacs was blown away as it is their favourite Cognac and they could not find it anywhere else in Cape Town. I am stocking the Hine H by Hine VSOP. This is a harmonious blend of 20 Cognacs with a fresh floralness on the nose with notes of jasmine, acacia, iris, lily of the valley, apricot and vanilla. This cognac is delicate and velvety smooth on the palate. I am also stocking the Hine Rare VSOP a 12 year old cognac blended from 25 Cognacs. There is a delightful perfumed note on the nose and notes of jasmine, acacia, vanilla, oak and fruit. This cognac is delicate, well-balanced, mellow and smooth. For more details please click here for the price list.

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beignets aux pommes et comte 029 (327x400)After seeing “Chef” the Hollywood movie about a chef who launches a huge food-truck selling quick fried food across the USA, it made me think about the origin of this concept which has been around for years on the streets in France. Whilst the markets started with fresh produce, one would also find hand wheeled barrows or mini “food vans” offering ready-made foods such as crepes or beignets. One of my favourites is Beignets with apples. These are scrumptious, thin slices of apple coated with a light batter and fried until golden. With the cooler weather this week I decided that some apple Beignets would be a lovely little treat to share as my weekly recipe. I found a traditional batter recipe in my favourite old French cook book, ”Good French Cooking” by Mapie Toulouse-Lautrec. Unusually the recipe included some Cognac. I changed this to Calvados to pair with the apples. At the same time I added some Comté from the Jura cut in chunks and coated them with batter, the cheese got all gooey and tasted incredible. The apples and cheese made a wonderful combination. I served them with a glass of Calvados. Click here to see the recipe.

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My Burgundy wine tasting is now fully booked, if you were unable to get a place this time don’t worry as I will a organise a Champagne tasting nearer Christmas which should be fun.

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I hope that you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you in the shop again soon.

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Regards

Suzanne

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