French Market News-Alain Huchon trophy winner-FM in the Times-Events in City- Goose/Duck fat-Saucisson Sec-Recipe Tomates Farcies au Cantal et Basilic

Dear French Market Shoppers,

It seems that many cyclists enjoyed the shortened route for the Tour last Sunday, we had the largest number of participants ever, with over 34,000 starting and many wearing red in solidarity with our Fire fighters. Hopefully most of you managed the course safely. I handed out the Alain Huchon trophy to Jamie Anderson from Australian, the fastest non-professional rider to compete. He told me that his friend won it last year and Jamie had entered the race specifically to try and win this trophy. There is an image on my “Suzanne FrenchMarket” Facebook page of the presentation of the trophy and also of the Admin start tent where we sorted 34 000 + entry cards.


I was thrilled to have the La Cremerie -French Market shop included in the best 5 cheese shops in the region in The Times on Wednesday – I am still the only shop in Cape Town that specialises in French cheese and French products.


A new product that arrived in the shop this week is the beautiful “La Colomba” Easter cake. The Italian’s have such a flair for stylish packaging and this is no exception. This light textured cake is similar to a panettone but it is shaped like a dove. It is traditionally given in Italy as a gift at Easter time. It is made by Loison a leading Italian cake maker. There are 3 types, the classic with fruit, one with chocolate and one with Zabaione – to die for!


I have also received a stock of Goose fat and Duck fat (at last) and some delicious Saucisson Sec, long and thin and short and fat ones.


We are having a busy sports time at present; I was delighted to hear this morning that RSA has made it to the quarters of the ICC World Cup and the Stormers are playing at Newlands on Saturday.


Weather is looking good for this weekend, bit of cloud and temperatures in the upper 20s. There is plenty of activity in the city with “Infecting the City” public Arts festival see this link for all the details As part of the Festival I note Jazzart Ballet is performing Melting Truth at Iziko SA Museum amphitheatre on Friday evening, should be beautiful. This weekend is also your last chance to see Pieter-Dirk Uys “Eish” at the Theatre on the Bay and “Cabaret” opens at the Athol Fugard. Al Bairre & Shortstraw are playing at Kirstenbosch on Sunday evening. So lots of entertainment to choose from. If you are entertaining friends do remember to order a cheese and pate platter from the French Market, it makes for an easy picnic or al fresco lunch.


tomates farcies (19) (400x348)My clients often ask me for recipes without any form of gluten or starch. We have an abundance of good tomatoes in stock now and large ones can make a complete meal in themselves. I decided that I would make a light, summer supper using ripe tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and some delicious Cantal cheese. This cheese comes from the Massif Central, Auvergne, in the heart of the France. I receive it in a 10kg wedge. The crust is light brown and the centre is a lovely golden colour with a slight crumbly texture. The Cantal that I stock in the shop is the Entre-Deux, which has been aged for 6 months. For my recipe I used beaten egg to make the stuffing and blended in the Cantal and basil. It’s a really simple, tasty dish and satisfies one’s hunger and is easy to digest. I will admit to making some croutons to accompany it but this is of course optional. You can see the resipe at

IMG_9420I decided to serve this dish with a wine from the Auvergne, the same region as Cantal, a Puy de Dome Pinot Noir from Cave Saint Verny. The Massif Central is an old volcanic region and the Pinot Noir enjoys the high altitude. This Pinot Noir is smooth; it has a lovely taste and a dark purple colour. The retail price is R160 at the French Market shop.


As I have mentioned last week I am actively looking for a staff member for my new place in JNB, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. I will start interviewing next week.

I look forward to seeing you again soon at the shop.



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