Dear French Market Shoppers
I hope you are enjoying the slightly cooler weather this week, despite the blustery wind. Last Sunday was a perfect Cape summer’s day. We celebrated the visit of my sister at an al fresco lunch by the pool with 18 of us around the table. Each one of us brought part of the meal, my sister made the most incredible poached fresh salmon. I used some of the leftovers in my Mille-feuille au Saumon see this week’s recipe further down.
I have to admit that I actually brought along a ready-made Panettone for desert as I was just too tired to cook anything. I had been working with my Rotary Club of Claremont that morning entertaining a group of 200+ youths to a fun sports day and lunch. We celebrated the 110th Birthday of Rotary International with a massive Birthday card which we decorated with our hands covered in paint. Great, messy fun!
Our next big Club project is the Cape Town Cycle Tour of which we are joint owners with Pedal Power. Our Club members range from young professionals in their twenties to feisty granddads and we are all involved setting up and during the event. For each of us, it is not a question of do we have time for community work, as we are all really busy individuals, the question we asked ourselves is do I want to put back into my community. If any of you are interested in finding out more about what we do and how we put back into our community please let me know or check out our website at http://claremontrotary.co.za/home/pick-and-pay-cape-town-argus-cycle-tour/
With preparations for THE Cycle Tour in full swing – I have to weave my way between the road works on Victoria road above LLandudno and a million cyclists in full training on my way to and from work. I hear that a South African team, MTN-Qhubeka, have been invited to compete in the Tour de France for the first time ever this year, so I had better not run over any cyclists in case it is one of that team. They had better stock up on some of my Clement Faugier tubes of Crème de Marron, which is used by French cyclists on the Tour de France. This sweet chestnut paste is a great energy boost and should definitely be on the “approved” list of substances for performance enhancement, pity Lance did not know about this little French secret.
New stock in the shop this week is some amazing Cream cheese made in… the USA (I know it’s a long way from France and sounds like a Springsteen song….but it is great in certain recipes such as cheese cakes.) This cream cheese is like Philadelphia cream cheese but so much better, I cut it and sell it by weight R20/100g. I also have 1 litre boxes of fresh light whipping cream from Normandy. I have a very small stock as I am testing out these products to see if there is market in my shop for them. Do let me know if you are interested in them. The Normandy butter is selling like hot cakes so this is definitely a product I will keep ordering.
With the arrival of genuine American cream cheese in the shop I was excited to try something new. A famous sweet pastry in France is a Mille-Feuille (lit. translation: thousand layers) That recipe is made with 3 layers of puff pastry interspersed with Crème patisserie and a layer of decorated icing on top. I decided to make my own version with the cream cheese and some delicious fresh cooked salmon. What I created was a vertical stack of 3 layers of puff pastry, cream cheese, salmon and summer salad ingredients. This recipe is so easy and can be put together quite quickly. It is an impressive dish to look at and also tastes great. All you need to do is to cook some ready-made pastry then make of layers of the different flavours using the cream cheese to stick everything together. It is quite filling so can be served as a substantial starter or a light main course.
The wine that I preferred to serve with this is a Burgundian La Vignee Chardonnay from Bouchard Pere et Fils because the wine’s delicate taste works with both the cream cheese and the salmon. Click on this link to see the recipe http://frenchmarket.co.za/french-recipes/suzannes-weekly-recipes-for-2015/suzannes-recipe-08-2015-mille-feuille-au-saumon-a-la-suzanne/
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries concerning my recipes or products.
I look forward to seeing you again soon at the shop.
Best regards and have a great weekend.