New Year’s Eve – Le réveillon – 2009. It was a cold, crisp evening in Dinan. The lights were lit and the town was all dressed up:
Upon arrival at our rental property in Dinan, we had been thrilled to find a raclette grill in the cupboard and I had resolved to make use of it at least once since it’s the sort of thing you might buy but never use or, in my case, not buy because you would use it so little that it would not justify the cupboard space it took up.
Now I know, I know – you purists out there will be horrified at our store bought (and not even in a pâtisserie) desserts but part of the fun of being in another country is trying out products you don’t have at home, though you can now buy these crème brûlées from President’s Choice (and who doesn’t love the President?) and I think they need to be tested out. I digress, however… Cathy and I were totally enamoured with the “Astonish your friends” label on the packaging and I can tell you there were lots of astonished looks as we prepared the desserts (well, it was quite late into the proceedings by then…).
Crèmes brûlées for Neil and Cathy:
We didn’t make it much past midnight (we are getting old and we did start the evening fairly early) but it was pretty much a perfect réveillon – good food and wine and good friends. Who could ask for more?