weekly Newsletter – Exploring Wellington – 100kgs Cheese arrived -Slate Cheese boards – Recipe Sorbet a l’Orange

Dear French Market shoppers,
Now that summer is really here it is a perfect time to get out and explore some of the country places around our beautiful city. Last weekend I felt that I had been transported back to my childhood in Devonshire when I had tea and scones sitting on the lawn at Klein Optenhorst winery surrounded by roses nodding their pretty heads and perfuming the air with their fragrance. The overhanging branches of the old trees provided a welcome shade with the temperature in the 30s C degrees. This pocket handkerchief sized winery, in the heart of Wellington, was holding an Open Day of their beautiful homestead and gardens. They were selling their newly released 2012 MCC Pinot Noir, of which only about 2200 bottles are produced by Pieter Ferreira for them. It is a lovely example of a delicate MCC with a beautiful taste and such a feminine pink colour.

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Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at the Restaurant Twist some More where welcoming chef Johan van Schalkwyk produces an authentic bistro-style cuisine with locally grown. The wine list has a good selection of local wines and I loved the fact that his staff are friendly and trained properly so that they can explain the preparation of the dishes on the menu. Wellington is only a 40 minute drive from the city and is certainly worth the drive. Our friends told us that Wellington is now the centre of civilisation since Woollies opened a shop there, however they have promised to visit my shop to get some “real cheese”.

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Christmas decorations are popping up all over the place as we race towards the crazy festive season. My stock of Pannettone, Italian Christmas cakes, have arrived. These light-as-a-feather cakes make a great gift when invited to friends for a meal or for a spot of pure guilt-free self-indulgence I like to enjoy a slice with a beautiful glass of champagne. I have different sizes styles in the most beautiful packaging. I also have a range of the luxury du Barry range. These include a range of preserves, salt caramels and other attractively packaged goodies. I am still busy unpacking these treats.

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I have also been thinking of Christmas gifts for the shop and have come up with black slate cheese boards which are very much in fashion in Europe and make an original and useful gift. They are handmade locally for me. I have a couple of examples in the shop. Do let me know if you would like more details.

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Today I received 100kgs stock of cheese including the unique Pouligny St Pierre the pyramid shaped goat’s cheese, Tete de Moine (the frilly cheese), Comte Bleu, a whole Cantalet, more bleu d’Auvergne and plenty of small sized camembert which are ideal for gifts to take to a dinner party. I will obviously have more coming in before Christmas but do let me know well in advance if you are looking for special cheeses such as Tete de Moine, Pouligny St Pierre and Vacherin to name a few if you wish to order them for your cheese platters for the season festivities. Last year the volume of cheese sales rocketed in the 2 weeks before Christmas and I want to make sure that I can satisfy all your requirements. I will load the new price list to the website tomorrow.

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I have received some more stocks of Armagnac as it sold out last week. I have some 15 year old Bas-Armagnac from Baron de Sigognac. This is a blend of 60% Baco22a and 40% Ugni Blanc. Baco Blanc is a hybrid from the Folle Blanche and American Noah varietals. This hybrid was developed to protect the vines from the terrible ravages of Phylloxera which does not attack this American stock.

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19oct14 (50) (370x400) (298x378)With the really hot weather starting I looked for a refreshing dish for my weekly recipe and decided a sorbet would be perfect. This is such an easy dish to prepare (especially if you have an ice cream maker) and the fruit retains its fresh flavours. I chose to make an orange sorbet to which I added the orange liqueur Cointreau. It was delightfully refreshing and perfect for summer. Click here to see the recipe.

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My Champagne and cheese tasting on the 3^rd of December is filling up fast, we will be tasting 8 different champagnes and a Hine Rare cognac which I will pair with different cheeses. The cost is R500 a head. Please email me if you want the full details.

I look forward to seeing you in the shop again soon. Have a great weekend.
Regards

Suzanne

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