French women are famous for both their effortless style and their ability to turn the simplest things into the most stylish – from the way they dress to the way they entertain! So why not follow their lead and host a simple, French-inspired soiree starring these little numbers below.
The idea is to use great base ingredients and prepare them simply to let the flavours really shine. Here are some simple ideas.
Goat’s cheese dip with crudités
Mix about 300g soft goat’s cheese in a bowl with 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 2 tbsp finely chopped chives, 1 crushed garlic clove and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and season to taste. Serve with a selection of peeled baby carrots, celery sticks, radish slices and croutons.
Tiny Provençale puff parts
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lay out a thawed sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface and cut into small squares. Arrange these on a lined baking tray and spread lightly with olive tapenade. Top with some finely chopped anchovy, a halved cherry tomato and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Just before serving, sprinkle with a little fresh ricotta or goat’s cheese and garnish with finely chopped basil.
Warm seasoned olives
Preheat oven to 160°C. Drain a 250g jar of black olives and combine with 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tbsp thyme leaves and 1 tbsp rosemary, a few strips of lemon zest and dried chilli flakes to taste. Tip onto a baking tray and cook for about 10 minutes or until warm and aromatic. Serve on a platter with a big wheel of brie and some crisp bread.
Think about how a Parisian woman might just ‘throw on’ some ballet flats, jeans and a white t-shirt to head to the shops – they may be simple pieces but each one would be classic and perfectly cut. Just like these canapés. Bon appétit!