But now, all five of us are flung far apart. Five different countries even. Paris, Munich, Hong Kong, Bali, Milton Keynes. We realised long ago that our next reunion would have to be a wedding. Unfortunately no one has volunteered as a willing victim.
Drinking G&Tea cocktails with Miss Milton Keynes on a flying visit, we decided that if we couldn’t have a party together, maybe we could all have the same party on the same day, but on opposite sides of the world.
Colour themed? (Red worked nicely last time. Blue would make the food more difficult.) Hat themed? Monster themed?
Ideas on a postcard please. (Or in the comments.) Most original party idea wins a piece of cherry galette.
Much rambling later: a recipe, made for my red dinner party.
Buy pastry, make a circle of nutty filling in the centre, top with fruit, fold over the pastry edges. No need for a tart pan, even. Adapt any which way – use peaches, apples or rhubarb. Ground almonds if you prefer. Orange zest. Cocoa powder. Go crazy.
Cherry and hazelnut galette
1 box ready-rolled puff pastry
80g salted butter at room temperature
80g light brown sugar
120g ground hazelnuts
1 tbs amaretto
1tsp lemon juice
Beat the butter until soft. Mix in the sugar and beat again until smooth. Mix in the egg, then the hazelnuts, amaretto and lemon juice. Cover and leave in the fridge for an hour or so.
Meanwhile halve and pit the cherries. (This may take a while.)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a tart pan and gently drape the pastry over it. Spread the hazelnut paste in a circle leaving about 4cm around the edge. (You might not need all the hazelnut paste.) Cover with halved cherries, cut side up. Gently fold the edges of the pastry into the middle. Sprinkle with a little more brown sugar.
Bake until the pastry is nice and brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let it cool a little before eating.