Dear French Market Shoppers,
Women’s Day is approaching and we have been given an extra day off to celebrate. For many this is a time for us to remember the important role that women played in challenging the Pass laws and other key actions that led us along the path to a Democratic land. There is also a famous “woman” whom I admire hugely, Evita Bezuidenhout, who poked fun at the politicians and through her perceptive satire helped us to overcome our fear. This afternoon I had the pleasure of watching Evita’s creator, Pieter-Dirk Uys, teaching a group of young people how to cope with the challenges they face and to take control of their future. The show was being filmed as part of a documentary on Pieter’s work and will be released in February.
This weekend promises lots of sunshine in Cape Town especially on Sunday, perfect weather for a picnic. A great way to celebrate Women’s Day would be visiting the countryside with a picnic basket full of French cheese, pates, cornichons, baguettes and a bottle of champagne. If you enjoy Pieter’s work as much as I do then I recommend that you book for his special show in the afternoon on Womens day at Evita se Perron in Darling.
This weekend also promises lots of warm sunshine in Johannesburg, perfect weather for a meal outdoors. At Patisserie de Paris Paul is launching delicious French cheese taster platters on his new menu. Each platter is accompanied by slices of the Patisserie’s famous baguette, cornichons (gherkins) and olives. There are 3 different platters.
The first platter “La Debutante” a first timer’s taster (50g slices) of gentle flavoured cheeses includes our creamy Brie Maubert made in the Vosges, Bleu d’Auvergne a creamy blue from the heart of France and some Tomme noir de Pyrenees, a firm textured, fresh flavoured cheese from the Pyrenees.
The second platter “Gourmande” is for the a lover of original French cheeses with plenty of flavour, it includes tasters (50g slices) of Gold medal winner Brie de Meaux; Tomme de Savoie, a subtly flavoured, firm textured Alpine cheese; Delice a triple cream cheese which is quite addictive; Reblochon a small cheese with a creamy centre and delicious smell of barnyards; Comte Vert a firm textured, unpasteurised cheese from the Jura redolent of hay and alpine flowers; and Bleu d’Auvergne.
The third platter is “Le pique-nique” a delicious combination of French cheese and pates tasters (50g slices) with slices of Brie Maubert, Tomme noir des Pyrenees, Fourme d’Ambert a subtle, raw milk blue cheese from Auvergne; Pate de Campagne, this is a coarse textured French country pate with pork and herbs; and Mousse de Canard a smooth textured pure duck liver mousse.
I suggest you book your table to enjoy these lovely platters with your friends.
We received a large stock of cheese from Paris this morning and all our favourites are back, Cantal entre Deux, Bleu D Auvergne, Roquefort, Brie Maubert, baby Camemberts, Tomme Noir des Pyrenees to name just a few. Some time Friday afternoon we will receive a few saucisson sec made with Beaufort cheese and Beaujolais wine.
Emmental is one of those versatile cheeses that can be eaten by itself or melted into a dish. It is produced in several countries in Europe however the biggest producer is France. Our Emmental is made in Alsace, it is dense in texture and has lots of flavour. I find when talking to Mum’s in my shop that one of their challenges is to make a family supper dish that children and adults can equally enjoy. In this week’s recipe I have taken a simple dish, which could be described as meat balls in a tomato sauce with pasta and made it more exciting by enclosing a chunk of Emmental inside the meat balls and rolling the balls in Herbes de Provence. The Herbes make a flavoursome crust and the cheese melts and oozes out of the meat when cut open. The homemade tomato sauce is really easy and tastes so much better than the ones in the shops. I used penne pasta however you can use any of the harder pasta types such as rigatone. I recommend pairing this dish with the St Cosme Cotes du Rhone, a spicy shiraz. Click here to view the recipe on my website.
Do note that we will be open on the public holiday on Monday from 9 to 2 pm.
I wish you a wonderful Women’s Day – relax and enjoy yourselves.