Weekly Newsletter-FM website hits front page on Google search- Italian Club music festival -News pates arriving – Recipe Baba au Rhum

Dear French Market Shoppers,

Big news this week is that my French Market website has climbed to third place on the front page of Google when you search for French Market. The Chicago French Market is still ahead of me. To have made the front page in rankings is a huge achievement and the ultimate goal for me and means the creative design and SEO work by VR-Squared plus all my hard work of writing a weekly blog and recipe and regular updating of my price lists has finally paid off. If you want to get to the same level with your website contact me for more details or visit vr-squared.com for lots of good information and assistance.

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Last night was Guy Fawkes night and it was an amazingly still and warm evening. As I drove down Camps Bay Drive on my way home, the full moon was rising up the side of Table Mountain and down on the beach, I could see some beautiful fireworks shooting up possibly from Maiden’s Cove. I thought that this was a far cry from the Guy Fawkes bonfires we lit in England in the freezing wind and rain and ate hot jacket potatoes to stay warm.

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Our weekend weather is looking good with over 30 degrees tomorrow so definitely a beach and picnic weekend coming up. If you are looking for entertainment on this Sunday late afternoon, the Italian Club is holding a fundraising Italian music festival which should be most enjoyable, if like me, you like opera. The cost is R100 for adults and pizzas will be served. For bookings you can contact Giulia on 021 511 5757 or email admin@icct.co.za

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I have been advised that my new stock of fresh pates and terrines is on the wing into Cape Town later today so I hope to have them here during the morning tomorrow. I will have the delicious Terrine de Campagne, a traditional pork country terrine, Duck and green peppercorn coarse textured terrine, the unctuous duck liver mousse and some woodland mushroom and pork terrine. Click here to see the price list.

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I have already received the stock of champagnes for the Champagne tasting on the 3rd of December; we are in for a treat with several vintages included. I still have places so please contact me for more details.

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I have brought in a Chateau Fourcas-Borie 2010 from the Listrac-Medoc region of Bordeaux. This smooth wine is a blend of 75% merlot, 15% petit verdot and 10% cabernet sauvignon. I also have some half bottles of Pol Roger Brut champagne and some dinky Prosecco, a delicate bubbly from the Veneto region, these are great to pop in to a picnic hamper. I have the Prosecco in the 750ml size as well. Click here to see the wine price list

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baba au rhum 002 (400x360)Each patisserie in France has an interesting history. The original Baba cake was probably introduced to France from Poland by Marie Leszczynska’s patissier Stohrer, when she married Louis XV. Stohrer founded a famous patisserie in the Rue Montorgueil in Paris. In 1835 one of Stohrer’s descendants soaked the Baba in rum and this world famous Baba au Rhum cake was created. Nowadays a sugar syrup is mixed with the rum. I found a bottle of spiced Mauritian Pink Pigeon rum in my drinks cabinet which inspired me to try making this cake for my recipe this week. The raising process of my baking left a lot to be desired but the end result and the taste of the rum was spectacular. The texture and crust reminded me a lot of our local Koeksisters. Click here to see the recipe.

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Do let me know if you want to start placing orders for your Christmas cheeses as time is flying by.

I wish you a great, relaxed weekend and hope to see you soon.

Regards

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Suzanne

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