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Dear French Market shoppers,

Please note that the French Market shop will always be open during power cuts and that the Gardens Shopping centre has a central generator and a glass roof so we are never in the dark here.

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Whilst we swelter in 30 degrees + summer sunshine, my daughter returned to New York and met her first major storm on Tuesday, aptly named Snowmaggedon 2015, the “Storm of Century”. Luckily she managed to get home that evening before the subway shut down and was safely inside when the storm was at its worst. I sent her a bunch of “Snowmen” jokes to cheer her up which she shared with all her friends in New York. She said they were real “groaners” ie: “what do you get when you cross a Snowman with a Shark?…….… Frostbite. At least it made her laugh.

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Here we are in the heat of summer and our ability to be able to walk in the cool sea at the end of the working day is a uniquely refreshing experience available to all of us, with beaches within a few minutes’ drive around the Peninsular. I race back to the big beach at Hout Bay most evenings and love walking along the beach, watching families and their dogs enjoying themselves as the sun sets, we are privileged to live in such a beautiful city.

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There are so many opportunities to have picnics around the city over February. Lots of clients come to fetch my cheeses and pates as they are perfect for a picnic basket, plus a bottle of beautiful French wine or champagne. Starting with the J&B Met on Saturday. Apart from the concerts at Kirstenbosch, there is Cape Town City Ballet performing La Sylphide, a beautiful ballet, each Sunday this month, alternating with Othello at Maynardville Open Air Theatre. I love to sit on the grass in Wynberg Park beforehand and share a picnic and some wine with friends before attending the show. The following Sunday 9th is the Opera in the Convent Garden at Springfield. Then the City really heats up with the arrival of the Diplomatic core for the opening of Parliament and the round of Embassy cocktails and functions.

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Most important is Valentine’s Day on Saturday the 14th of February, as in previous years, I have ordered some French Heart shaped Cheese from Normandie. These ones are smaller than previously (so not too pricey) weighing just 30 grammes, and so cute. They should arrive at the end of next week. Please let me know if you wish to book one as I have only got 30 flying in. They are such an original gift to give to your other half.

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If you are looking for Gluten free products I have managed to get some Gluten free Risotto from Italy flavoured with either Parmiggiano, Mushrooms or Truffles. These are quick cooking (15 minutes ) and come in 2 Portion packets.

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One of the pleasures of my shop is sharing recipes with my clients. The other day Signe Rousseau popped in and told me about a savoury duck and apple “Tarte Tatin” recipe she had found in the New York Times. Created by Noemie and Christine of www.pistacheny.com a French style patisserie in Brooklyn. This immediately piqued my interest as this is a savoury recipe. Traditionally a Tarte Tatin is an upside-down pastry made with caramelised apples. The concept of this upside-down pastry and apple dish, a Tarte Solognotte, seems to originate from the Sologne region, 100 miles south of Paris. It was served by the two elderly Tatin sisters at their Hotel Tatin. The owner of Maxims restaurant in Paris was so taken by it, that he added it to his menu and called it the “Tarte Tatin” in their honour. IMG_9295 (400x352)I took the Pistache NY recipe and adapted it a little by adding some Calvados J. I served the Tarte at lunch on Sunday and loved the combination of the apple and duck, it tasted absolutely divine and is now one of my favourite recipes. Click here to view the recipe. I feel that a “Hugel Riesling” from Alsace is the best wine to pair with the apple/duck tastes.

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I hope that you have a fantastic weekend and don’t get too sunburnt at the Met. See you soon.

Regards

 

Suzanne

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