A favourite view in Le Grand Pressigny - it looks different every time we see it.
We had a couple of bottles of the local bubbly chilling nicely in our desperately small and inadequate fridge. I had also laid in a supply of saucisson for slicing thinly and some lovely "pate au asperges" from the local butcher. Also a block of "pate en croute" - a sort of long square-shaped pork pie which can also be sliced thinnishly and served as nibbles. Nicole had brought along a plate of home-made mini pizza-bite thingies so we were all set up for our evening of drinks and nibbles. (Must also mention here the packet of the French equivalent of cheese footballs that we got for the enfants but turned out to be Alex's absolute favourite. Definitely the way to that man's heart.)
Another favourite view of the village
After a while and we were all tucking in, the plate having been replenished a time or two, Nicole informed us all that we were having one of these "Apéro-dînatoire" things that none of us had ever heard of before. Having since looked it up on the web, all sorts of people have them all the time and they are quite fashionable to do. Not only that, there are zillions or recipes for nibbly things you can serve at one of these.
Apparently they start out as an invitation for an "apero" but everyone stays much longer and eats a sort of buffet.
Well, there you go. Not only am I at last in the 21st century (having my own blog, no less) but I am now hosting very fashionable social events. In France. By accident.
Notice to all future guests :
I don't do clever nibbles. It will only ever be saucisson, pate and the French equivalent of little pork pies and occasionally cheese footballs.
(Apologies to blog purists who will have expected to see pictures of the food and the guests - I'm not that well organised yet. I never know what I'm going to put in a blog until after everyone's gone home!)