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Dear French Market shoppers,

This week we are halfway through the Tour de France and proudly watching the progress of our MTN-Qhubeka Team. Looks like they have a gruelling time ahead as they cycle through the Pyrenees. If you happen to be visiting Paris to watch the Team arrive at the Finish you may be interested in a new mobile app launched by the Parisian Chamber of Commerce called “Yes I speak Touriste” it helps you to find areas of the city where they speak your own language.

IMG_20150714_133250IMG_20150714_134431 (304x400)Tuesday’s celebrations of Bastille Day at the French Residence in Pretoria had a poignant moment when Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier bestowed upon Mr Ahmed Kathrada the medal of Knight of the Legion d’Honneur in recognition of his life-long struggle for Justice and Freedom. In his moving acceptance speech Mr Kathrada solemnly remembered some of his fallen fellow Freedom Fighters who deserved to share this great honour. Listening to his speech were a host of Ambassadors and dignitaries including former President Mothlante.  You can see full details on the French Embassy website at http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/Ahmed-Kathrada-receives-Knighthood-in-Legion-d-Honneur.

I had great difficulty finding parking for my tiny rental car in-between all the Dip Corps limousines, at least I did not have to worry about someone breaking into the car as the roads were full of security. I was most privileged to have been invited to this illustrious luncheon event and met up with several members of the French Trade delegation and other business connections. I cast a proprietary eye across the tables laden with delicious French cheeses which I had flown up for the Embassy and was delighted to see all the VIPS enjoying the cheese. I managed to fly back to Cape Town just in time to attend the French Consul’s cocktail as well and met up with several clients and old friends. The Consul joked with me that it was just as well there was not a 3rd party in Durban or I might find it a challenge to attend all 3 events in one day.

I really enjoyed my visit this week to our French Market shop in Blairgowrie, Johannesburg and love the buzz around this dynamic city. The Patisserie de Paris clients are getting to know all the cheeses and pates that we supply and coming back for more. The French Market is steadily getting known up in Gauteng particularly since the amazing article on our new shop which was published in the Food section of the Sunday Times last weekend.

We are getting calls from caterers and event managers for quotes for wedding and parties. Do remember that we can always supply a quote for you for any occasion. Just contact Paul or myself. Because of the connection to Patisserie de Paris we can supply a real French Buffet Campagnarde (Country Buffet) for private or business functions as we can offer French pates, terrines, French cheeses, quiches, baguettes and delicious macaroons to round off the meal. We can also deliver French wines and champagnes from our Cape Town shop to accompany the meal. Click here for the wines and spirits price list.

Gratin de Chou-fleur et Cantal sans glutenWith our extreme cold weather I am longing for hearty, filling dishes but I don’t want to pile on the kilos as I know it takes forever to shed them in summer time. I noticed that many of my clients are looking for gluten free recipes so for this week’s recipe I have come up with a delicious Cauliflower bake made with Cantal cheese and no flour. This is a really easy recipe, the Cantal cheese, one of the most ancient of French cheeses, has the most delicious flavour particularly when it is toasted on top of the bake. I recommend serving this lovely dish with a wooded Chardonnay from Burgundy. Click here to view the recipe on my website

We wish all our Muslim clients a joyous Eid ul Fitr.

I hope that you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you again soon at the French Market shop.



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