Paris, France — The Eighth Day of Christmas is also New Year’s Day marking a new beginning of sorts. As we wait for the Wise Men, who put in their appearance right after the Twelfth Day of Christmas, to arrive from the East we turned golden like the star they followed. So on this Eighth Day of Christmas, the house of Maisons du Monde which presents Christmas table and decoration cheer every year, brings you its Very Gold Holiday Table. A bright table filled with golden stars, trees, gold-studded Santas, glowing gold candles and champagne which takes on a golden glow in the ambiance.
For the Eighth Day of Christmas champagne we bring you back to one of our favorite champagne houses: Pertois-Lebrun, a family-owned estate for five generations. Pictured here is a pure Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs, Derrière Le Mont Aigu Chouilly Grand Cru No. 17, vintage, extra dry and with no added sulphates.
This year the Yule Log cake at the Sofitel Le Scribe Opéra was a wondrous creation of chocolate and more chocolate in the effigy of the hotel itself. The dark chocolate building sits upon a brownie cookie base and is filled with coffee flavored crunchy cake, Nicaraguan chocolate cream and caramel and coffee cream and a cappuccino mousse. And the sous chef pastry chef Antoine Bouchard added another resounding note, the cake was a version of the famous Opéra pastry in honor of the hotel’s location behind the Garnier Opera House.
The Yule log can finds its origins in pagan traditions back in a time when a tree was carefully selected to bring into the home or dwelling to burn during the period of Midwinter or the winter solstice. The ancient fire festival of the winter solstice survived into Christendom with the Yule log custom being widespread in parts of Europe, notably England and France when the pagan tree became a log. Today the Yule log has become a delicious and often an intricate cake served throughout the winter holiday season. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette