Paris Grocery seattle

May 29, 2014

Bonjour Les Amis,Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Thanks to all of you who have been making Paris a regular stop at the market. Enjoy the cocktail recipe & read on for what’s exciting us these days at the shop.

A Bientot,
Catherine Reynolds

Rhubarb Elderflower Bellini by Jean Georges bartender, Peter Okkerse
Some one came in looking for D’Arbo elderflower syrup ($19.99) to make this sparkling cocktail. We have it! Sounds delicious & refreshing…

  • 3/4 pound rhubarb (3 to 4 medium stalks), trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup elderflower syrup, such as D’Arbo
  • Place rhubarb in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing down to remove as much juice as possible; you should have 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon juice. Discard solids. Stir in elderflower syrup.
For each cocktail, mix:

  • 1 3/4 ounces Rhubarb Elderflower Syrup
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine, preferably Cremant D’Alsace
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  • Badoit Water 330 ml $2.49; 750 ml $3.99
    Now I know why people are on a quest to find Badoit water! The water comes from rock springs in the Loire Valley. The entire bottling room is maintained at the same pressure as the water in the spring which creates a natural effervescence. & fine bubbles. Badoit has unsurpassed Perrier  as the beverage of choice–it’s what you drink with dinner because it aids digestion. Their slogan is, “Badoit, Bubbles of Joy since 1778.”
  • Wild Za’atar Starts $4.99!
  • The Spanish Table has Pimiento de Padron starts for sale, & now we have Za’atar starts. If you want to read a fabulous post on Za’atar, read this one by David Lebovitz. Za’atar combines the flavors of marjoram, oregano & thyme. This herb loves full sun, but doesn’t require much water. Some people pickle it, others dry it & mix with sumac, salt & sesame seeds. For fresh applications, use to stuff Borek, steep for a tea, or make a salad with finely chopped onion, lemon juice, olive oil & salt. You can even make Za’atar pesto
  • Agostino Capers in Salt $5.99
  • Capers grown on Pantelleria, a windy island off of Sicily, are renowned for their intense flavor & firm texture. Rich volcanic soil is the key. We’re big caper lovers here at PG, so I got these for our own cupboards.
  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Blanc 2013, Cotes de Gascogne $9.99
  • Domaine des Cassagnoles Reserve Selection 2013, Cotes de Gascogne $10.99
  • Meet Janine & Gilles Baumann! The couple took up residence at the family farm & moved away from making Armagnac. Wines from Gascony are a true bargain–I mean the Reserve is only $11? The entry level white is a blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc & Petit Manseng; the Reserve is Gros Manseng. These are whites for Sauvignon Blanc lovers. Stony & steely with verve is the way I described the Reserve. Refreshing & aromatic is how I describe the Blanc. Pick up both for go-to summer whites.
Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover by Alexander Lobrano $45
  • Both travel guide & cookbook, this has me salivating. Lobrano has lived in France for 30 years, once writing for Gourmet & now France Today. This highlights off-the-beaten-path restaurants and recipes region by region. Recipes that tempt me to buy this book? Radish Vichyssoise with Pickled Cherries and Cod & Arugula Tartare with Sesame-Chickpea Puree.