Weekly Newsletter -Extended liquor licence approved for Sundays-Burgundy Wine tasting results-Creme de Cassis – Chartreuse verte – Recipe Gratin de Choux-fleur aux Champignons

Dear French Market Shoppers,
My Burgundy Wine tasting and cheese pairing went off successfully at Bistrot Bizerca last night. The weather was lovely and we sat outside in the courtyard and enjoyed the professional presentation by Morgan who kept us well entertained with his personal anecdotes of working in Burgundy. We were graced by the presence of the Consul of France Xavier d’Argoeuves who told us about the partnership between the Western Cape and Burgundian Chamber of Commerce whereby some young wine makers from the Cape vineyards are hosted in Burgundy and learn about French wine making methods.

There was a lucky prize and Dee Aitken won a bottle of Pinot Noir La Vignee. All the wines were much appreciated, the highlights were definitely the William Fevre Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2011 which I paired with the fresh flavoured Tomme Noir des Pyrenees; the Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Les Clous 2012 which I paired with a stinky Epoisse de Bourgogne, and the stunning Gevrey-Chambertin 2012 which I paired with a pungent Pont l’Eveque; the Hine H Cognac, which had an amazing leathery taste went beautifully with the subtle Fourme d’Ambert. For full price details please click on my page  My next tasting will be a Champagne tasting in early December.

Most of us stayed on for dinner at the Bistrot Bizerca and Laurent and Cyrillia, the owners, joined me. I had the very best chocolate fondant ever, it was made with Valrhona chocolate which oozed out of the centre and spread across my plate and rounded off my evening perfectly.

Today I received the news that I have gained Extended trading hours for my liquor licence so I can now sell alcohol up to 7pm weekdays and also on Sundays from 11 am – 2pm. I think I will be the only place offering wine sales in the upper city area on a Sunday so if you are running short you know where to come.

More news is that I have finally been able to source Crème de Cassis, the beautiful blackcurrant fruit liqueur which is often used as a mix with Champagne to make a Kir Royale. This is one of my favourite drinks, I like to sit on the Champs Elyesse at Fouquets and sip it while I watch the world go by.

I have also sourced some Chartreuse verte (another favourite drink) made for the last 250 years by monks from plants and herbs growing on the slopes of the Chartreuse in the Isere. It is the only green liqueur which has no colouring additive and has medicinal qualities This digestif (a post dinner drink to help you digest your meal) and is beautiful served over ice.

IMG_8809 (400x274) (2)My recipe this week is a delicious cauliflower cheese bake topped with a creamy Emmental and mushroom béchamel sauce. I grated Emmental over the top as well as I love the toasty smell of Emmental when it is being grilled. I added some crisp fried bacon pieces on top which gives a salty crunch to the dish. Click here to see the recipe I paired this wit a Rose de Triennes from Provence as it is a delicate wine but has depth to match the toasty flavour of the Emmental.


We are in for a stunning weekend with sunshine predicted all the time and a high of 25 degrees so its picnic time again. Come and get some lovely French cheese and pates … and champagne to enjoy with your friends. I hope you have a great weekend and don’t get too sunburnt!
I look forward to seeing you soon



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