September 7, 2013

National Napoleon Day

"There are only four great arts: music, painting, sculpture, and ornamental pastry." - Julia Child

It's National Napoleon Day!

No, not this:

But either the threesome choc-van-straw popular in candies or ice cream, OR, the flaky pastry often referred to as mille feuilles, which is French for "a thousand leaves/sheets". Made from a few layers of puff pastry, these melt-in-your-mouth sweets are filled with silky whipped or pastry cream and usually (especially in our area) strawberry or raspberry preserves then topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. In French-Canadian communities, like the one I grew up in, napoleons are often times the perfect dessert to cap a bean supper off with. My grandfather used to eat them every Saturday night after his pea beans, brown bread, and picklelilly but he'd have to cut them in two because they were so big. He'd share the other half with his kids (my mom and her sibs) and they'd sing a silly French song "just to be doofuses" she said. It went: "Napoleon avec ca cent soldas" (translated that's: "Napoleon and his hundred soldiers").

Happy National Napoleon Day!