While I was photographing in Jean-Luc’s shop just a few weeks ago, a trio of women came in, looking for Christmas gifts. He offered a few suggestions, and subtly inquired as to the tastes of the recipients. In typical French fashion, one of the women wryly yet humorously stated that she could absolutely not give a Christmas gift that she herself would not completely love, no matter for whom the gift was intended or what their tastes were.
My Sis is turning 50, and so tonight we had a little intimate family dinner. Coquilles Saint Jacques and a nice baguette to sop up all the sauce, which my parents had for New Year’s Eve and once a week since then, including last night for dinner, tasted just as good tonight. I do believe this is the new family favorite. Tender little salad from the Saturday market and swordfish, along with a celery root and potato gratinee…and of course a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne and two dozen perfect white roses wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied with satin ribbon, which went perfectly with the camellia-topped cake~
A four layer seven inch white layer cake I made very late last night with Italian-meringue-style buttercream was the perfect ending to the meal, here is the last slice as its height is ready to make it fall~
It was not until after the meal, at which every morsel was eaten, that I thought back to the Christmas shoppers in Beaune. Oh wait, I think Sis’ favorite is Red Velvet cake. Come to think of it, that’s the cake she often brings me on my birthday, though it’s not my favorite. And she has never even had Coquilles Saint Jacques, but thankfully she though it was all divine, as her Francophile hubs nodded that it was A+. White roses? My taste. The Champagne? My favorite marque as well, but it’s all in good taste, isn’t it? Can you go wrong with the classics, no matter whose party it is? She loved the meal, she loved the evening, so I’ll call it a success.
Sis and family are heading to Africa for a safari this summer, and we spent much of the evening discussing their travel as I am really interested in their voyage. I kept mum on my plans, which no one asked about but which I booked today…..Paris in the springtime, Easter, in fact. Beaune in May/June and I’m thinking of Marrakech in the fall. So many good things are in the works this year! And for now, it’s still January, so Happy Birthday to my big Sis; She pronounced the meal and the evening perfect, and so it was~