Happy French Friday! And a bonus, at least here in Toronto is that it finally feels like summer! typically, I’d be planning to spend a good chunk of the summer in France (here, in case YOU are able to travel!). This summer? Not so sure. Not fully vaxxed over here in Canada and the restrictions on who can/ can’t travel to France are changing seemingly hourly so it’s hard to plan anything. What to do? Enter…
L’heure de l’apéro
Cocktail (apéritif) hour. The “apéro” as it’s known is the moment that signals your work day has ended and that you’re ready to relax. (if you’re interested in learning all about this oh-so-French routine, check out this comprehensive article over on France Today). You’ll eat dinner later but for now, you’ll enjoy a cold glass of something and perhaps a nibble of something savoury. For us in the summer, it often means rosé… (see more of how we celebrate l’heure de l’apéro here!)
Yup, even if you can’t get to France you can bring a little bit of France to you every day with a little glass of something and a little snack before you prepare dinner. But, what to serve?
What to serve at l’heure de l’apéro?
Typically in France, we’re snacking on chips, salty crackers, radishes, saucisson, some nuts. Not much but just enough to take the edge off the pre-dinner hunger. Today I’m bringing you a SUPER easy recipe that you can make in around an hour – make it early in the day and impress yourself and your friends when you bring it out to serve with your chilled rosé.
Pesto Palmiers are a savoury twist on a classic sweet cookie (typically, puff pastry spread with melted butter and sugar or jam and rolled up to form spirals of deliciousness). Here, we’re using pesto and Parmesan instead of something sweet for a simple way to fancy up your cocktail snacks!
Wrap the pastry roll tightly in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for approx. 30 minutes.
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