French Market News 16Mar23-Brie de Meaux-Epoisses-Cornichons-Limoncello-2023 11 Granita de Pitaya

Published on: 22 March 2023

Hello French Market friends,

Last Sunday our CapTown Cycle Tour had perfect weather for the cyclists. As the sun came up over the Grand Parade the beauty of the mountain as a backdrop to the race was unbeatable. The atmosphere was noisy and festive at the Start, with Geordin Hill-Lewis our Mayor of the City of Cape Town, firing the starting gun, then jumping on his bike and participating in the race. The Mayor said that this is a huge event for the city’s tourism industry and for the city’s sporting industry with visitors flying in from around the globe. With the help of Tom and his Claremont Rotaractors, we made hundreds of sandwiches for the volunteers, who were at the Start by 4:30 and processed 30,000 cyclists in batches, through the Start in 4 hours, then left around 12:30 to have a good rest.

With the public holiday on Tuesday 21st, this coming weekend is likely to be turned into a long weekend by many. Our shop will be open every day, as will all the shops in the Gardens Centre, so do come in and avail yourself of some delicious treats to enjoy over the weekend (note we close at 14:00 on the public holiday on Tuesday). If you are travelling into the countryside, we can offer you a platter of cheese to enjoy as a picnic, accompanied by terrines, cornichons and baguettes or Italian crackers. In stock we have delicious Brie de Meaux, gooey Epoisses, salty Roquefort, dense texture Comte, tangy Pont l’Eveque to mention just a few.

If you are staying at home this weekend then come and stock up on some of our amazing French croissants, pain au chocolat, French butter and French jam for breakfast. Accompany this with the biggest boiled eggs from our free range eggs in the countryside.

Here is a simple recipe for an iced granita to cool you down, in these last hot days of summer. I was always a bit intimidated to make a granita, thinking it was complicated however I adapted a recipe and it worked for me, this did not require any special equipment, just a freezer. This easy and refreshing granita is made from dragon fruit or Pitaya, as it is known in Mexico. This plant is from the cactus family and grows at the tip of long spiky branches. It has a gentle flavour reminiscent of pear and a dash of citrus. The soft centre has lots of black seed in the fruit, which is either white or dark pink. I topped the granita with lightly toasted almond slivers. See recipe below, I suggest pairing with an ice cold shot of Limoncello.

I hope you enjoy this almost long weekend,

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