It’s Cheese Soufflé Day!

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Happy Cheese Soufflé Day! Just as there are days celebrating different wine varietals, there are also days celebrating certain foods. 18 May celebrates the cheese soufflé. To celebrate the day, we’re going to share some fun facts about the soufflé as well as let you know where you can enjoy one in Australia.

Cheese Soufflé Day

What is soufflé?

Soufflé is an egg-based dish which is baked in the oven. It can be savoury or sweet depending on the other ingredients put into it.

 

What does the word soufflé mean?

The word soufflé is a French word forming the past tense of the verb souffler meaning to blow, to breathe, to inflate or to puff. It’s use makes sense given the way in which a soufflé will puff up or inflate as it cooks. Initially, the term soufflé was used to define the preparation which was softened by the presence of beaten egg whites, such as an “omelette soufflé ” or “crème soufflé “.

 

How do you make a soufflé?

Soufflé is made up of two parts:

  • the base- where the flavour comes from – consisting of flavoured crème pâtissière, cream sauce or béchamel, or a purée which are flavoured with herbs, cheese and vegetables for the savoury variety or fruits, chocolate or lemon for dessert soufflés
  • the peak – egg whites beaten to a peak

 

Who mentioned it first?

As to who was the first to mention the soufflé in writing, it depends on whether you ask the French or the anglophile world. For the English speakers, it’s in early in 1742 where it is attributed to Vincent La Chapelle, a French master cook of the time. In his book Le Cuisinier Moderne (The Modern Cook) the soufflé is in under the title omelette soufflée. For the French, it’s somewhere between 1722 and 1730 by François Massialot in Le Nouveau cuisinier royal et bourgeois as a “crème soufflée of egg whites, diversified and dotted with lemon peel.”

 

Cheese Soufflé DayThe Grande Taverne de Londres is where souffle was first served in a restaurant. Antoine Beauvilliers had several souffles on the menu and is often credited as souffle’s inventor. The Grande Taverne de Londres is seen as the first grand restaurant of Paris.

 

Marie-Antoine Carême is credited with popularising the soufflé. Cooking for the nouveau riche, he created hundreds of variations including the Rothschild with fruit macerated in gold-flecked liqueur.

 

Soufflé Days and their hashtags 

Cheese Soufflé Day is held annually on 18 May. Its chocolate counterpart is celebrated yearly on 28 February.

 

If you’re enjoying a cheese souffle today, use these hashtags #nationalcheesesouffleday #cheesesouffleday #cheesesouffle #souffleaufromage.

 

For chocolate souffle use: #souffleauchocolat #chocolatesouffle #chocolatesouffleday

 

Where to eat cheese soufflé in Australia

 

BRISBANE

Boucher has a Roquefort cheese soufflé on the menu.

 

PERTH

Bistro Guillaume can’t wait to showcase their Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé with you. This soufflé is a staple on the Bistro Guillaume menu, being one of the most popular entrée’s dishes, this cheesy delight is featured on the menu all year round. Loved by all cheese lovers, this dish was created by Guillaume when the chef was an apprentice at Aux Charpentiers.

Cheese Soufflé Day

Being a strong feature, the soufflé is unlike any other regular soufflé, twice baked and served with silky Roquefort cheese and French blue vein cheese made from raw ewe’s milk, this classic French dish is set apart from the rest.

 

The cheese itself has an ‘appellation label’ meaning that the Roquefort can only be made in the Roquefort-sur-soulzon region of France, as Bistro Guillaume continues to strengthen its ties with its French roots the Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé features the country’s stunning produce.

 

SYDNEY

Bistro Rex has a Cantal Cheese Soufflé on the menu.

Cantal is semi-hard cow’s milk cheese aged from 1 to 6 months from Auvergne (in central France), named after the Cantal mountains. The base of the Soufflé is made with a Béchamel sauce and once cooled, egg yolks and Cantal cheese are added. This is then folded through whisked egg whites and cooked in ceramic moulds. We then de-mould the soufflé into the serving dish. Once ordered, the Soufflé is covered with cream, more Cantal cheese and baked for approximately 14 minutes to rise again. Garnished with a mix of parsley, chives, thyme, and tarragon.

 

Bistro St Jacques has a special twice-baked goats cheese soufflé with buttered peas & parsley sauce…

Cheese Soufflé Day -Bistro St Jacques

 

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What’s your favourite soufflé? Happy Cheese Soufflé Day!

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Pinot Grigio Day 2022: 13 Facts about Pinot Gris

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While today may be Pinot Grigio Day 2022, we’re celebrating the French wines made from the same grape, by their French name Pinot Gris. Discover 13 facts about Pinot Gris as well as a recommendation from a French wine importer.

Pinot Grigio Day 2022- French wine varietal days

 

  1. Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio?
    Pinot Gris is the French name for what is also known as Pinot Grigio by their Italian neighbours. They are the same grape. It’s also known by several other names.

 

Pinot Grigio Day 2022
Pinot Gris Synonyms

 

  1. Origins
    We know that Pinot Gris originated in France. It is widely accepted that it originated in Burgundy, yet some still say it was in Alsace (confusion perhaps because of its abundance there today). Cuttings were transported to Switzerland in the 1300s and onto Northern Italy where it was named Pinot Grigio.

 

  1. A happy accident
    Pinot Gris is believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir! A grape’s colour comes from, among other things, its number of active anthocyanins. Pinot Noir, the original grape has the largest number. On the other end of the scale is another genetic mutation, Pinot Blanc which has inactive anthocyanin. Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio are in the middle with less active anthocyanin than Pinot Noir but more than Pinot Gris.

 

  1. Pinot Gris grapes
    Gris means grey in French and is a reference to the colour of the grapes which can be grayish-blue. That said, the grapes can also have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. It grows in small pinecone shaped clusters.

  1. Same grape, different wines
    Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape but their wines are quite different in style. Pinot Gris tends to be sweeter or richer than the Italian Pinot Grigios which are drier and lighter bodied. Alsace Pinot Gris is known for its strong flavours and high alcohol content. The warm soils combined with the cooler climate of Alsace allow grapes to stay on the vines longer which leads to an increase in flavour and sugar development. French Pinot Gris also tend to be oilier than Italian Pinot Grigios. Flavours found in Alsatian Pinot Gris include apple, honey, white flower, mushroom and exotic spice.

 

  1. Particular wines
    Pinot Gris is the only grape variety authorised to make a Reuilly rosé obtained through pellicular maceration. But it is also the grape variety of the Coteaux d’Ancennis appellation, where it is known as malvoisie.

  1. A dessert wine
    Pinot Gris is also used to create late-harvest dessert wines.

 

  1. Parenthood
    Pinot Gris is also a parent. In Romania, Pinot Gris was crossed with Feteasca Regala to create a grape called Astra and with Grasa de Cotnari to create Columna. In Greece, it was crossed with Teinturier to create Deckrot.In Germany, it was crossed with Silvaner Gruen to create Freisamer. In Hungary, it was crossed with Pozsonyi to create Gesztus; and with Koevidinka to create Karat. Nosztori Rizling was created by crossing Welschriesling with Pinot Gris.

 

  1. Pinot Gris in France
    It may have originated in Burgundy, but you’d be hard pressed (pun intended) to find any Pinot Grigio there now. Today, Pinot Grigio is largely found in Alsace but is also cultivated in the Loire Valley.

 

  1. The largest plantings of pinot gris are not in France
    but in Germany, where at the last census, 5042 hectares were planted there compared with 2582 hectares in France.

 

  1. Australia and New Zealand each have almost as much area cultivated by Pinot Grigio as France. Australia had 2836 hectares and New Zealand 2488 hectares.

 

  1. Pinot Gris around the world
    Apart from its homeland France, its adopted land of Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, pinot gris is also cultivated in Argentina, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, Moldova, Romania, South Africa, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

 

  1. Pinot Grigio Day
    It’s been observed annually on 17th May since 2009. Share your pinot gris or pinot grigio on social media with the following hashtags #nationalpinotgrigioday #pinotgrigioday Feel free to also tag us @matildamarseillaise_en on Instagram or @matildamarseillaise on Facebook so we can see what you’re drinking.

PINOT GRIS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PINOT GRIGIO DAY 2022

 

Pierre Stock of Pierre Stock Wine Selections recommends 2019 Domaine des Pothiers Hors Piste.

Why do you recommend this Pinot Gris?

Most of the pinot gris are made in Alsace, this is one is made in Loire Valley in the Cote Roannaise to be exact on granitic soil.

Manual harvest and organic vinification, Hors Piste is aged in 500 litre barrels and can be cellared for 10 years.

 

How is this French Pinot Gris different to Italian Pinot Grigios?

This is a total different style than the Italian one, much textural and oily

 

What would you pair it with?

Fish or chicken with creamy sauce.

 

Can this Pinot Gris be aged?

Yes, for 10 years.

 

Happy Pinot Grigio Day 2022! Do you prefer French Pinot Gris or Italian Pinot Grigio?

 

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