In case any of you believe that I was referring to your mother-in-law in a derogatory fashion let me clear up my greeting from the last news letter

Turophile - A lover of cheese. Taken from the Greek word turos (cheese) and the root phil (love).

Whether it was January cabin fever, a lack of power failures or a sighting of the sun for the first time this year, I don\'t know, but goodness me the shop was busy on Saturday.  Your wonderful support is enabling us to expand our range and hopefully bring you unusual and interesting fare – Thank you.

Tasting Day

This Saturday – February 2nd we are having one of our very popular tasting days.

Peter James Smith will be cooking his sausages for tasting and we will be launching his Scotch eggs  (a free-range hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and deep fried), as well as his new range of beef sausages and chipolatas.
All the sausages have just taken off this year.  I think the lack of preservatives and no cereals really makes then appealing.

Sharon from MunyaMa Foods will be offering tastes of her fabulous chilli, her Tomato Lemon Basil Conserve and Moroccan style Lemons.  These are all relatively new in the shop and are really worth a taste.  Sharon will provide you with ideas on how to use her products.  Needless to say, a dollop of chilli on a Brie wedge just gets the taste buds wriggling!

Mark and Vivien of Herold Wines will have a selection of tastings from this unusual farm.  Tucked in the Outeniqua Mountains, along the old Montagu Pass, this is the only farm producing wine in this area.  We tasted these wines at an evening last year and there were more than a few surprised eyebrows raised. Order forms, and a limited stock will be available for sale on the day.

New in the shop

We have discovered a real Italian lady producing the most wonderful ice cream.  We now have four flavours in stock and will expand this in due course. For the moment we have Vanilla, Sour Cherry and Chocolate Hazelnut ice cream as well as Ruby Grapefruit sorbet

Lindiwe Honey delivered today.  We have a new range of squeeze bottles, gift bottles and honey with mixed nuts or Macadamia nuts and cranberries –yum!

Chrissie Briscoe is taking cheese to the airport tomorrow and we should have her exotic offering in the shop on Wednesday.  We have a new goat farm in stock – Lucania dairy from Krugerdorp.  They make a really interesting Cacio ricotta – a goat cheese matured on straw.

The Café

The menu is constantly expanding and two new sandwiches have been added this week.  
Sashimi Sandwich – Slices of smoked Salmon trout on Wasabi cream cheese, pink pickled ginger and coriander.
Lincoln Bite – Lincolnshire sausages, herb wholegrain mustard and topped with caramelised onions in a Balsamic jus.
Our new salad addition is a Goats chevre and pecan salad with a creamy mustard dressing.
Of course, the arrival of the ice cream means that desert will now include the four available flavours.  And at weekends we have added the lightest mousse topped with summer berries

Sparkling wine tasting & Sabrage

"Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it." - Napoleon

This promises to be one of the highlights of the year.  
A tasting of five sparkling wines from SA and internationally presented by Junel Vermeulen.
Junel is one of only 63 Cape Wine Masters and is a committee member of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters. She is on the judging panel of the Veritas awards as well as the Juliet Cullinan wine festival. Junel lives in Henley on Klip and is a swimming national Masters champion. She is the public relations / promotions officer in Gauteng for a number of wine producers including Uiterwyk and De Krans. Junel lectures at the Cape Wine Academy and has recently spent weeks away representing wines in the
Far East.  She is often referred to as the \'Champagne queen\' and we are therefore very priviledged to have her present this evening.  She is also one of the few people practising the art of Sabrage (Opening a bottle of sparkling wine with a sabre) which she shall demonstrate.

On an evening of such magnitude we felt it fitting to pair food with the wines and not only cheeses.  And so we have chosen the following menu which will be served during the tastings:
Chevre in Phylo Pastry  with Vietnamese dipping sauce
Poached oysters in Fennel-Saffron Soup
Chicken with truffles and \'Champagne\' sauce
Cheese selection (inevitably)
\'Champagne\' Sorbet

Thurs 6th March  18h30 for 19h00
Bookings essential at 011-888-5384
Cost R 240.00 per person

Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon.

JO, BRIAN AND THE CREW AT CHEESE GOURMET & CHEESE CAFÉ
71  7TH Street, Cnr 3rd Ave, Linden 011 888 5384 / 083 6565 209