A Paris Party

We made a quick trip to Paris for the birthday party of Maurice’s fraternal twin grandchildren who have somehow become 19! How did this happen? I remember them when they were two which seems like it was just a few years ago. The party was at my daughter in law’s place which could be in a home decoration magazine.

She had a real sunflower next to these cool shoes under a glass dome.

Her building is right across the street from this gorgeous place.

Same building. I was taken by the shutters which curved around a window. I’ll have to see if I can see it without shutters on some visit.

She is lucky enough to have a terrace and it is full of plants including a rose bush. I couldn’t find a rose facing me but the back of a rose can be charming too.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you have already seen this photo. It’s a popular hors d’oeuvres that I’ve had twice now at a French party and I’ve seen it in French cooking magazines. It’s called a Soleil Gourmand. You buy two premade puff pastry sheets (they come round in France but I seem to remember they are rectangular in the States) Spread one with whatever you would like, pesto, parmesan cheese, chopped olives, some sesame seeds, maybe garlic salt. The contents need to be spread flat. I made it with chopped ham and it was too lumpy and the contents fell out as it was eaten but it was good. Spread contents almost to the edge. Wet the edge with water then put the other pastry sheet on top and seal the two together. At this point it might be a good idea to refrigerate it as it is a little difficult to handle as it warms up. Put a small glass in the center and cut “rays”, about sixteen of them, then twist each ray a few times. (You obviously now remove the glass). You can then brush the top with an egg wash and sprinkle with more sesame seeds. Then bake at 350 until brown about 15 minutes or so. Guests then pull off a piece to eat. I’ve also had this as a dessert made with Nutella. It’s a good buffet type dessert.

6 thoughts to “A Paris Party”

  1. I don’t know whether to rave about that building or the soleil gourmand first. I love Art Nouveau! The leaf motife is incredible!
    And your dish is a work of art. I almost had an attack when I read the Nutella version. That will be done here stat!

  2. That puff pastey Soleil looks wonderful and aounds v. tasty!! Thnk I’ll give it a tey as I have puff pastey in the freezer that was leftover from other recipes. And I think I might have seen that art deco bulding when we went on an architectural walking tour, amazing buildings.

  3. The building is formidable! And I already have told you how taken I am with the pastry thing. Afraid if I do the Nutella version I’d eat the whole thing.

  4. Think I’ll try the pastry soleil for my grandson’s 14th birthday party next weekend. My kind of cooking … impressive but simple! Thanks.

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