Bienvenue!

The Alliance Française Dunedin is a centre for French language and French culture. Although some of our events are in French, most are bilingual. Members do not have to be fluent in French to take advantage of our various activities.

Most of our events are held at our clubrooms at 15 Bond Street, behind the Exchange post office. Everyone is welcome… come and practice your French!

Our regular meetings (and opening hours) are:

    • Soirée Crêpes – Pancakes night: 2nd Thursday of the month from 6pm – 2ème jeudi du mois à partir de 18h00
    • Le p’tit déj – French Brunch: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:30am – 1er et 3ème samedi du mois à partir de 10h30

From time to time, we do change the day of those events not to clash with some other events, so please contact us beforehand or check our FB page to be sure we’ll be there.

For more information, email info@afdunedin.org.nz.

 

Kings Cake night – Galette des Rois

La galette des rois et sa couronneCome and start the new year at AF Dunedin with a delicious Galette (Kings’ cake) and you may become the King or Queen for the night! Come and discover this tradition with us at 15 Bond street from 6pm on Thursday 10th.

Every year, the galettes are provided by generous volunteer bakers! if you want to try a new recipe (see below – recipe in French), or showcase your culinary talent, feel free to bring your own creation!

Let us know that you’re coming and/or bringing a galette (through the FB event / or by email) so we make sure we have enough Galettes!
3$ members, 5$ non-members, $1 kids (fees waived for bakers)

Recette de la galette des rois (from hervecuisine.com)

Ingrédients

  • Pâte feuilletée
  • 125 g de sucre
  • 60 g de beurre mou
  • 2 oeufs
  • 150 g de poudre d’amande
  • 1 gousse de vanille
  • 2 c. à soupe de rhum (facultatif)
  • 1 oeuf pour dorer la galette avec 1 pincée de sel

Préparation

  • Préchauffez le four à 180°C
  • Fouettez le sucre et le beurre mou, puis ajoutez la poudre d’amande
  • Grattez les graines de la gousse de vanille et ajoutez-les à la préparation
  • Ajoutez 2 oeufs entiers et le rhum ou autre (fleur d’oranger, amande amère..)
  • Disposez un cercle de pâte, déposez de la crème amande dessus en laissant 2 cm de pâte tout autour que vous mouillez légèrement avec un pinceau et de l’eau
  • Placez la fève et recouvrez avec le deuxième disque de pâte feuilletée légèrement plus grand, souder les bords en appuyant tout autour
  • Dorez le dessus de la galette avec un oeuf battu avec un peu de sel (Ca va le rendre bien liquide et facile à étaler)
  • Placez la galette au frigo 30 minutes, sortez la, dessinez vos motifs avec une lame de couteau sans percer la pâte, dorez une seconde fois
  • Cuire à 180°C pendant 40 minutes en moyenne, un peu plus si la galette est grande ou si la pâte feuilletée est faite maison

Important: N’oubliez pas la fève! Et si vous n’en avez pas, un noyau d’abricot peut aussi faire l’affaire 🙂

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French King’s cake tradition (from Wikipedia):

The cake traditionally celebrating Epiphany in France, Belgium and Quebec is sold in most bakeries during the month of January.

Three versions of cake are used, either circular or rectangular. They can be made from flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of frangipane or apple,  a form of sweetcrust pastry, or a torus-shaped brioche with candied fruits and sugar, similar in its shape and colors to a crown.

The cake was traditionally divided into as many shares (slices) as there were guests, plus one. The latter, called “the share of God,” “share of the Virgin Mary,” or “share of the poor” was intended for the first poor person to arrive at the home. feve

Hidden in the cake is la fève. It is traditional for the youngest person to sit under the table and call out each name of the person attending (helped by the person in charge of the service), to make sure each share of the cake is distributed randomly, until  la fève is found!

The person who finds the trinket in his or her slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake (and gets to wear the crown).

AF Dunedin OPEN DAY

Join us for our annual Open Day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 26 January 2019 at 15 Bond Street! There will be balloons and colouring in for the children, coffee for the adults, and croissants for all. This day is there for all to come meet us, see what we do, meet the teachers, sign-up for classes, become a member or to renew memberships.

For existing members it marks a new year, and time to renew your membership for 2019 (even better if before). All details of fees, bank account details and membership benefits can be found here: http://www.afdunedin.org.nz/join-us/. We will send you an invoice-reminder via email as well :-).

Details of January events are on FB Events and we are also on Twitter. Classes will resume in February.

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Venez nous rendre visite lors de la journée portes ouvertes qui aura lieu dans nos locaux, a 15 Bond street, le samedi 26 janvier entre 10 et 13h. Il y aura des ballons pour les enfants, du café pour les adultes et des croissants pour tous! Venez rencontrer nos enseignants, découvrir nos activités, nos cours, et si vous le souhaitez, devenez membres.

Pour nos membres actuels, nous encourageons des à présent le renouvellement de votre inscription pour l’année 2019 et au plus tard pour cette date. Les modalités de paiement et avantages peuvent être trouvés ici: http://www.afdunedin.org.nz/join-us/ .

Nous sommes aussi sur Facebook et Twitter (@afdunedin). Les cours reprendront en février.

Coming Up!

Coming up !

10 January: Galette des Rois, 6pm at the Club rooms on Bond street

19 January: Breakfast / P’tit Dej

26 January: Open day, from 10am at the Club rooms on Bond street

8-10 February: Immersion week-end on Quarantine Island

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Alliance Française Dunedin!

We hope to see many of you tomorrow at our End-of-Year potluck!

We will be starting the new year on the 10th of January, for galette des rois, from 6pm in the club rooms.

We will be having our open day in the morning of 26 January, and present our activities and classes. A good time to renew memberships, and grab a free croissant!

Until then, have a very good summer break!

 

 

Kids Christmas party this Sunday!

Do not forget! 

Santa is coming for a visit to Broad Bay School  (Roebuck Rise, Broad Bay, Dunedin) this Sunday (9 Dec)!

Rendez-vous on the 9th, at Broad Bay School, from 10:30am to 1pm!

Bring a plate to share, and a small wrapped and named gift for your child to put into Santa’s sack

Gold coin donation.

Christmas with the Alliance!

As is now the tradition, the Alliance Française Dunedin invites you to come and join us for 2 special Xmas events!

The Kids Christmas Party!

For all families (with and without children)

Santa is coming for a visit on the 9th of December, at Broad Bay School  (Roebuck Rise, Broad Bay, Dunedin)!

That is the perfect occasion for a shared picnic!

So rendez-vous on the 9th, at Broad Bay School, from 10:30am to 1pm!

Bring a plate to share, and a small wrapped and named gift for your child to put into Santa’s sack.

Gold coin donation

End-of-year pot-luck

We will be having our traditional Christmas pot-luck dinner on the 21st of December, from 6:30pm in the club room!

BYO drink and a plate to share!

Christmas fare and christmas dress-ups will be all very appreciated!

A Great Gift Idea: Antipodes Travel’s 2019 calendar!

Antipodes Travel, your French-speaking travel agent for New-Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, based in Dunedin, have released their 2019 calendar!

It is full of stunning photographs by Yoann Feuillet, and showcases the beauty of New Zealand’s and Australia’s landscapes!

A perfect Christmas gift. You can place an order by emailing yoann@antipodes-travel.com.

Price: one for $25, two for $45 and 3 for $60, postage included.

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Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

2019 approche vite et Noël encore plus ! Vous cherchez une idée cadeau pour vos proches ? Antipodes Travel vient de publier un calendrier avec des photos de Nouvelle-Zélande et d’Australie prises par Yoann, directeur de l’agence, avec texte en français et premier jour de la semaine le lundi.

Extrait du calendrier : https://www.antipodes-travel.com/boutique/

Tarif : 25NZD par calendrier, 45NZD les deux, 60NZD les trois frais d’envoi compris dans le monde entier.

Pour le commander : contactez yoann@antipodes-travel.com.

A très bientôt !

Your new Committee

Your new Committee for year 2018-2019 has been elected!

  • President: Kim
  •  Vice President: Diana
  • Secretary: Sylvie
  • Treasurer: Dannie
  • Committee: Christiane, David, Humphrey, Jessica, Nicki and Nicolas.

Welcome to Jessica, Nicki and Nicolas!

A big thank you to Diana, who took on the president’s duties for several years, and to Kim, who has kindly accepted the president’s role for this year!

And a special thank you to John and Fabien, for their help while they were on the committee! You will be missed!