Tuesday saw the launch of 3 new products in store and online. We've got heaps of new items arriving for Christmas so we will keep you posted here, through Instagram, Facebook and both Cottesloe and Applecross stores.
The first cab off the rank was the new C Si Bon Fragrant Fish Curry. I am a great lover of curry and can eat it any day of the week. Definitely in my Mauritian blood. This is a subtle curry with a little heat and heaps of flavour. We've blended kaffir lime leaves with fresh coriander, green chillies, spring onions, garlic, ginger and lime juice to create a fragrant base. To this we've added coconut milk and poached the seafood until it's just cooked. Serve this with fluffy coconut rice or jasmine rice with extra fresh coriander. So good!
Next in line is our new Duck a L'Orange. Duck is my favourite thing to eat when I'm feeling indulgent. We placed the confit of duck on a bed of scalloped royal blue potatoes that were steamed and then smothered them with an orange sauce made using fresh orange juice, ginger, brandy and thyme. Just pop in the oven until the duck is good and crispy. It falls off the bone and is delicious served with a endive salad or steamed green beans. Simply heaven!
Last but not least is our Christmas Stuffed Chicken Thighs. This conjures images of snow covered fields in the French countryside and a crackling wood fire burning in the living room. We sautéed onions, garlic, thyme, bacon, pine nuts, mushrooms and porcini mushrooms with truffle oil before stuffing into the chicken thighs, wrapping in prosciutto and then drizzling in olive oil and baking until golden and crispy. Serve with our gorgeous C Si Bon Potato Gratin or Cauliflower Gratin and a green salad or steamed greens.
I think I have felt the cold the most this winter. I've lived in the snow, Europe, America etc but have never I felt this cold!
Thankfully I have so many options to choose from in-store to chase those cold blues away. I've watched people run into the shop through thunderstorms and rain to get their hands on something warming and delicious. It's been a bonding experience!
Behind the scenes, we have recently moved kitchens. The guys at Clancy's Fish Pub in Applecross on Canning Highway have been incredibly accommodating and have offered me a kitchen to work from. We moved in a few weeks ago and it's fantastic. They understand that I am small with the potential to grow. It's been a real pleasure working with people who understand where I am at and who support other local businesses. Incredibly refreshing and I can't thank them enough.
The bonus about it is that there is a shop front that we will be opening up this week!
I will be able to run things a little differently from there. As you know we offer samples on all products daily at our Cottesloe boutique. This is an integral part of our brand and ethos. I feel it's important to try before you buy and it also allows us to educate you as to how to serve the products and the get the most out of them. Boeuf Bourguignon can be served in a myriad of ways, it's up to us to show you how. More bang for your buck!
The Applecross store will be open for lunch daily. Each day we will serve one dish from the range in a different way. You can either buy it hot or take a frozen meal home with the awareness of what you can do with the product. I will update all details on my website and Instagram, Facebook as soon as the doors are open. Be sure to pop by and tell your friends who live south of the river about it. Exciting times!!
I can't believe that it's been 5 months since opening our doors in Station Street in Cottesloe. It is heartening to see so many people discovering the joy of restaurant quality frozen food. I've been a tireless advocate of the category for 4 years as I could always see the potential and it is just wonderful to see it making a difference in people's lives on an every day basis.
Initially starting with a 2 door freezer and half the shop, we have expanded to 4 doors, taken over the entire space and added new meals such as our beautiful C Si Bon Lamb Shanks, C Si Bon Cassoulet, C Si Bon Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, Meals For One Range, C Si Bon Vegan Tagine, C Si Bon Spiced Rice and more!
We have also started selling The Little Bakery biscuits and slice range. The Little Bakery is run by 2 sisters who make everything from scratch, by hand, daily and the quality of these products is fantastic. These are the perfect morning or afternoon treats or make lovely gifts for friends. There are gluten free options available too which is even better! Keep an eye out for special occasions such as Father's Day as we will have gift wrapped boxes of cupcakes and cakes available for Dad.
A short while ago we also started selling glorious sour dough baguettes, demi-baguettes, corn bread, macarons, pain-au-chocolate, croissants, chocolate twists, mashed potatoes and green beans all imported from France. Needless to say they are flying off the shelves due to their incredible quality and convenience! I am an absolute passionate foodie and the quality of these products is exceptional. The French have been perfecting the frozen food category since the 1930's with companies like Picard leading the charge. Their patisserie skills are world class, honed, tried and tested. I always want to have exceptional products in my store that reflect my brand values so it's a great start to expanding our offering to you. After all, C Si Bon is always striving to be innovative and a category leader in the frozen food category.
Follow me on Instagram @csibongourmet or on Facebook "C Si Bon Gourmet" to keep abreast of new releases, to see what's in stock and to get ideas about how to serve our products.
Thanks again for all of your support and for buying my meals. I love what I do and it's a great pleasure to keep doing it!
So proud, yet again, to be awarded Silver Medals for the following products at this years RASWA Premium Produce Awards :
C Si Bon Raspberry Eton Mess
C Si Bon White Chocolate Mousse
C Si Bon Dark Chocolate Mousse
The raspberry eton mess came about because as a child my aunt in England had the most glorious vegetable and fruit garden. During those long, sunny days we would go and pick raspberries straight from the bush. With our haul we would then go and whisk English clotted cream with a little icing sugar and pair with meringue. This is such a beautiful English summer dessert, especially when using fresh fruit. Those memories I will cherish forever and I couldn't help but turn those positive moments into a frozen treat for you all the enjoy! The raspberries give the dessert a little bit of a tart edge so that it is beautifully balanced with the cream, sweet meringue and a touch of icing sugar. All gluten free and no additives or preservatives of course!
Chocolate mousse is my all time favourite indulgent dessert. But, you have to use the finest couverture chocolate to make it extraordinary. Yohann, my chef, and I played around with ideas and this recipe was one he used to make in France. We also candy a pecan nut to garnish. This frozen dessert is definitely dinner party worthy. It's smooth and silky, dark and intense. The white chocolate version also requires using the finest white chocolate with minimal fat content to ensure that it isn't too sickly sweet. Don't get me wrong, this packs a punch in the sweet stakes but it is manageable!! Topped with a praline of hazelnut this is also dinner party worthy. You and your guests will swoon.
As with all of my products these are free of additives, preservatives with the added bonus of being gluten free. We try and source things locally but sometimes we will use imported ingredients to ensure that it is the finest quality. I don't want to ever compromise on quality or flavour as this is what differentiates my products from other store bought meals and desserts.
As usual, this would not be possible without my team of dedicated professionals. Everyone surrounding me does such an amazing job of keeping this little start up moving in the right direction! I couldn't do it without them and the fact that they share my vision makes the day to day really enjoyable and fun. Anything is possible.I truly believe that.
I'm so excited to reveal that my first C Si Bon boutique will be opening it's doors tomorrow at 9 am!! This is a great opportunity to showcase my whole range of products including baby foods, award-winning desserts, soups, lunches and dinners. Tastings will be available every day. I also get to show you how to prepare the meals, give you some ideas about how to serve the products and how they are made. Be sure to tell your friends and come in to say "hi". Our address is Shop 8, 7 Station Street, Cottesloe, WA 6011. Our opening hours are Monday - Friday 9-5pm, Saturday 9-1pm.
Home deliveries will continue to be an integral part of the business so if you can't make it to the boutique, please jump online and order. Delivery days are Tuesdays and all the details are on the website. www.csibon.com.au.
A very big thank you to Sarah Templeman of Sarah Templeman Gallery with whom I share the space. She gave me the opportunity to be involved in the site and I think together we will make magic!
I look forward to seeing you all really soon!
There are a few tastings coming up so mark them in the diary and if you haven't tasted our delicious C Si Bon meals yet then now is your chance!
1. Jack's Wholefoods in Claremont, Saturday 16th September 2017 between 10-1 pm
2. Swanbourne Market IGA on Thursday 21st September 2017 between 4-7 pm
3. Cottesloe Primary Year 3 hosting event. If you would like to host a lunch or dinner with friends please contact me on 0407 907 104.
Have a great week and enjoy this sunshine!