Now–on to today’s post:
The idea behind the French National Cocktail hour (June 7th, worldwide), is to gather friends over some French drinks (wines, apéritifs, etc.) and a few nibbles. Part of what’s wonderful about it is that it isn’t meant to be a huge deal.
You see, we only think that the French make a fuss whenever they gather. Truth is, many apéritifs (cocktail-hour gatherings) that I’ve attended have been quite simple. However, leave it to me to turn the apéritif into what the French call the apéritif dînatoire — a cocktail party with enough food to double as a meal.
I’ve invited some of my favorite people–and I won’t be seeing them a while, because I’m headed off to La Belle France for a few weeks. So rather than just cocktails, I’ve invited them for an evening’s worth of food and drink.
I’m basically going to set out the food, buffet style, and have people nibble and sip their way through the evening. While eating in courses is more the “French” way, let’s remember that the word “buffet” is French, too. Here’s what I’ll be serving.
Great news: Almost everything can be made ahead…..Can’t wait. Will anyone else be celebrating French National Cocktail Hour?
*** All above Photos by the Extraordinary Richard Swearinger.
One more recipe: A blogger shared this great photo with me–and I think these things look amazing (how can they not be–they’re made with Roquefort, dates, and pecans?). While I’ve never seen pecans in France, if they had them, I’d imagine they’d make something like this now and then.
For that recipe, head here.