A GLORIOUS SUNBURST FOR COCKTAIL PARTIES

Daytime at the Cannes Festival is disorienting. Attendees, if they are out in the sun behind dark glasses, are mostly suffering from the club parties or exclusive concerts at the Villa Schweppes that just ended as the sun came up. I believe that also they view movies, although I can’t vouch for that personally. They look fragile and tender as they tentatively negotiate the sidewalks of this village teeming with invaders from the film world. It is not exactly like the Red Carpet moments. This is a city of the Night.

People look more human by lunch time. Late lunch time, after they’ve ingested some deliciousness at one of the pizzerias facing La Croisette. There is always a running debate about whether Vesuvio or Cresci make the best pizza. The Technikart air max safari contingency prefers Cresci, and I am personally in awe of their eggplant pizza.

Cannes isn’t about cooking, of course. Heaven forbid anyone would be expected to cook, except the caterers like myself. The chic apartment I scored through a friend of a friend has a magazine worthy kitchen of clearly virginal equipment. I cooked for eighty here two years ago and I think that was the first time anyone had used it. The thing here is buffets and cocktail parties, the ‘aperos.’ Cannes is all about glamour, but it’s also all about business. I have never even stepped on the shadow of a film star because I’m sequestered in the kitchen, but I’ve walked into many surreal business conversations as I’ve presented my food. Buffet gatherings are very serious, even compared to embassy events.

Cocktail party food has to appeal first to the eye. All the better if it tastes spectacular as well. I saw this showy presentation in an Italian magazine and had to steal it. The filling is my own invention, air max 90 pas cher but you can modify it many ways air max 2013 even as a coffee time sweet, filled with jam and covered with sugar. Use your imagination! It is key not to make the filling overly thick or it will ooze out during baking.

There’s absolutely no need to make your own puff pastry for this! Frozen pastry made with real butter and pre rolled, works great.

This will make a 12 inch/30 cm Sunburst, to serve about six as an hors d’oeuvre.

2 disks of puff pastry, rolled into rounds of 12 inches/30 cm, about 3/16th inch/5 cm thick

1 egg, beaten with a teaspoon of water, a teaspoon of oil, and a pinch of salt

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/2 cup/125 ml prepared green or black olive paste (I prefer green if you can get it or find it)

8 very thin slices Parma han

1/2 cup/100 g grated Gruyere, or other grated melting cheese

1/2 cup/80 g mixed sunflower and sesame seeds

Line a heavy pizza pan with nonstick baking paper. air max bw pas cher Place one round of puff pastry on it. Brush the outer inch/2.5 cm edge of the dough with the egg wash. In the center, spread the Dijon mustard evenly, stopping at the egg washed border, then spread the central part with the olive paste. Place the Parma ham evenly over the filling, then sprinkle with the cheese.

Cover with the other sheet of puff pastry and press the edges to seal. Paint the top with egg wash and press the mixed seeds over the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (or up nike air max 2013 to a day) before the next step.

Heat the oven to 400 F/200 C. Place the rack in the lower third of the oven. Take the chilled Sunburst out of the refrigerator and, with a knife chaussure air max or sharp scissors, cut from the edge towards the center, stopping about 1 1/2 inches/ 3.5 cms from the midpoint. Cut more ‘rays’ about 1 1/2 inches/3.5 cms apart, all over the disk.

One by one, take a ‘ray’ by the outer edge and twist it rather tightly. Bake in the nike air max classic bw hot oven for 25 30 minutes, lifting it to look underneath to be sure the pastry is done. Let cool a bit before serving. To eat, guests break off the ‘rays.’ They can fight over the center and they will. In Cannes guests demand little plates and napkins to prevent stains on designer gowns. Lots of them are borrowed.