French Market News- Youth Day long weekend- Cantal vieux-Pates from France-Recipe 22 2015 Tarte au Betterave et Buche de Chevre

Dear French Market Shopper

Our next long weekend starts tomorrow and stretches to Tuesday the 16th when we celebrate Youth Day. As part of the Rotary International family I have been priviledged to work with our younger Rotaract and Interact Club members on several community projects and have always been impressed by their enthusiasm and hardwork when volunteering their time to help others in our community. They are a great example of our South African Youth and give us hope for our future.

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Please note that our shop will be open on the 16th from 9am to 2pm and that we are always open during power outages. We have received a new stock of the delicious Cantal Entre Deux, a 6 months matured, unpasteurised tangy and tasty cheese from the Auvergne. It has a buttery yellow colour and a dense, crumbly texture.

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With the freezing weather this week in Jo’burg we are offering a special 20% promotion on the Reblochon cheese, it is ideal for making Tartiflette, a potato bake recipe that I sent out last week. (You can view it on my website frenchmarket.co.za) This is a recipe from the Alps and is traditionally served to warm you up when you come in from the ski slopes. You can pop in to Patisserie de Paris and have a delicious breakfast or light lunch while shopping for your cheese.

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For those of you who are going away for the weekend I can suggest stocking up on some of our jars of French pates. One of my clients, who sails long distances, tells me they are ideal for a tasty snack as they can be stored at room temperature until needed. On his yacht they make their own bread and somewhere in the middle of an ocean they will open a jar of French pate and eat this on fresh crusty bread. We have lots of different flavours ranging from a traditional coarse country pork terrine to a smooth duck pate without pork.

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If you are entertaining at home and would like to offer your guests an interesting cheese platter to go with drinks or to serve after your meal I can recommend trying some lesser known and more flavoursome cheeses for a change. Try a combination of unpasteurised mountain cheeses such as the Reblochon, a dry crusted cheese with creamy centre and the Tomme a dry crusted firm cheese from Savoie; the Morbier a firm textured cheese with a fine layer vegetable ash in the centre and the Comte a dense textured cheese from the Jura. The pungent and creamy Epoisses washed in brandy from Burgundy is quite amazing in flavour this should be served with a spoon as it is very runny. We also have more than 30 cheeses to select from in our shops, plus many other foodie delights.

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I upgraded my cell phone a couple of days ago and went through the frustrating challenge of a sim card not working. I lost access to everything including online banking, this entailed visits to the cellphone company and banks. All of which takes time but at last the phone is working but in the process I have lost my contact numbers. If you have been trying to call or text me over the last 24 hours please try again. My email is always working if you have any questions on products or need some advice.

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IMG_9829 (400x299)One of my favourite cheeses to cook with is the Buche de Chevre – Goat’s cheese log. This tangy and firm textured goat’s cheese has a white edible crust and is shaped like a log. It acquires a lovely, toasty flavour when grilled. It can be used in many dishes, one of the easiest recipes that I like to make for a starter or as a light lunch is a puff pastry tart topped with thin sliced beetroot and chunks of Goat’s cheese. It is ideal if you wish to make a quick and tasty meal. Goat cheese production is prevalent in the Loire region where you can find Sancerre wines, this delicate Sauvignon Blanc wine pairs very well with the toasted goat’s cheese.

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I hope you have a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you in the French Market shop again soon.

Regards

 

Suzanne

 

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