French Market News 9 Dec 2022

Published on: 9 December 2022

Bonjour French Market friends in Cape Town,

The FIFA world cup rolls on with France meeting their “traditional enemy” England at the Quarter Finals. Despite the 100-year war having been concluded in 1453 there has always remained this sparring between “Les Pommes” and “the Frogs” as the two nations often refer to each other. It will certainly be an exciting match.

Back here in Cape Town, despite all the power cuts, we see our customers coming in for lots of gifts, the Panettones are selling like…hot cakes… We have all sizes and shapes, the normal sized cakes make a great gift to take to a Christmas Day celebration and the mini cakes are really good stocking fillers. We also have beautiful English Christmas Puddings made by Wilkin and Son from Tiptree. These come in a small 100g size and a 500gr size. The small one is ideal if you just want a little pleasurable treat on Xmas day and the larger size is ideal for a family.

Our Xmas cheeses keep rolling in, we have the shelves packed to the ceiling. Our latest cheeses this week include St Maure de Touraine a great classic goat’s cheese that has a long cylindrical shape and is made wrapped around a stick. The taste is excellent.

We have Livarot, the cheese called after the Colonel’s Cap (kepi) because it looks like one, with straw reeds wrapped around the cheese. This is a washed rind cheese with an orange crust. We have some small Bresse bleu, a little gentle flavoured blue cheese. Plus, we have all the usual suspects all lined up for you to enjoy.

We have added some new wines to our range this week. We have a new Chardonnay from Burgundy made by Domaine Michel Bouzereau. The Domaine’s 11 hectares are located within the boundaries of the village of Meursault. Michel is a well-known wine grower in Burgundy and believes in traditional wine making methods, using oak barrels, he ferments this wine for 12 months on the lees. The Cote d’Or 2020 Blanc comes from their vineyards in Meursault and one vineyard in nearby Puligny. The wine is smooth with citrus tastes. It will age well.

During these lovely warm, sunny days I like to serve salads. I always enjoy the French concept of a “warm salad” where the main ingredient is a warm dish served on a plate of fresh green salad leaves. In this recipe I have combined one of my favourite Christmas treats, Confit de canard, which is slow cooked duck with sliced apples and nuts tossed in the duck fat, served over a mixed green leaf salad. It is a very easy recipe to prepare and quite different to the average salad.  The wine pairing is quite difficult, try paring with a Bordeaux such as the Petite Sirene Rouge.

Wishing you a great weekend.

Suzanne and The French Market Team

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