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Little Pip Turns 1!

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Coral dress from BabyGap (now on SALE!), gold shoes from See Kai Run

Well, technically she won’t be one until Sunday but this past weekend we celebrated the Little Miss’ first birthday. The theme was English Tea Party. I decorated with garden flowers as well as store bought blooms and we were blessed with the most perfectly bright and sunny weather.

I think most of the guests in attendance were under the impression that a tea party involved not much more than drinking tea… well, how wrong they were! It’s been a while since I had a party centred around hors’ d’oeuvres and I’d forgotten how much more work it was than a simple dinner party. The trouble is that I always make the mistake of planning food that needs to be prepared the day of the party. But isn’t that the best kind of food? (Actually, that’s not completely accurate, many of the fillings could have been prepared a day or two ahead of time, or frozen.)

On the menu were paper thin cucumber sandwiches, ham and cheese on brioche, individual tiramisu ramekins (Olivia’s favourite) and a decadent devil’s food cake with chocolate mousse buttercream (which will not be repeated until my children are older and I can justify the several hours of time this took). Here is a sampling of the food, some of which I will provide recipes for in the coming days.

Nutella puff pastries (recipe below), with Milano and almond paste cookies, and Godiva truffles

Nutella puff pastries (recipe below), with Milano and almond paste cookies, and Godiva truffles

NUTELLA PASTRIES makes 12 pastries

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry (thawed) and rolled out to 1/4″ thickness
  • Jar of nutella

Cut the puff pastry into approx. 3″ squares and place about 1 tsp of nutella in the centre of each. Bring all 4 corners of pastry together and seal the edges like a little purse. Optionally, you could brush the top with a mixture of 1 egg with 1 tsp milk. 

Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and space the pastries at least 2″ apart.

Bake in the oven at 375 deg F for 20-25 min, until golden brown.

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Chicken boursin puff pastries (recipe below)

CHICKEN BOURSIN PASTRIES makes 12 pastries

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry (thawed) and rolled out to 1/4″ thickness
  • Package raw chicken tenders (approx 1.5 lbs)
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper
  • 1 package shallot and chive boursin cheese

Arrange the chicken tenders in a glass baking dish, sprinkle with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 425 deg F for approx. 18 minutes. Shred the chicken (much easier if you refrigerate the chicken and dice it cold). 

Mix diced chicken with one package of boursin cheese. It will resemble the consistency of pastry. This recipe has enough chicken filling for two packages of puff pastry (24 individual pastries)

Cut the puff pastry into approx. 3″ squares and place about 2 tsp of chicken/ boursin mixture in the centre of each. 

Seal the pastries by folding each side over or forming little purses.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and space the pastries at least 2″ apart.

Bake in the oven at 375 deg F for 20-25 min, until golden brown.

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Cheesey Phyllo Triangles (recipe coming)

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Pourekia (recipe coming)

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2 Comments

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! They are so easy and always the first thing to disappear. Wegmans' brand puff pastry is excellent, and it has real butter, rather than the hydrogenated oil found in Pepperidge Farm's pastry.

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