Brioche Pasquier has turned some of its popular dessert recipes into petits fours, so that diners can enjoy a bite-size taste of all their favourites.The new Petits Fours Envies Sucrées (which translates as sweet desires) collection consists of nine varieties of “intricate French sweet heaven”, according to the company. It said: “Perfectly crafted, baked, filled and finished by Brioche Pasquier’s master pâtissiers, every little petit four is beautiful in its own right and, served as a collection, makes a stunning display of expert pâtisserie.”It suggested the miniature treats would be ideal for special occasions where nostalgic recipes go down well, such as weddings, birthday celebrations and Mother’s Day, for example.Old favourites such as Chocolate Tartelette, Lemon Tartelette, Coffee Éclair, Chocolate Éclair and Apple & Blackcurrant Squares are joined by a lime green Pistachio Rectangle and a Raspberry Financier.Brioche Pasquier said in a statement: “These delicious individual bites fit the trend for mini-desserts perfectly, or are ideal as part of an afternoon tea offering.“They can be presented as beautiful sweet sharing platters for everyone to dip into at the end of a meal or as a café gourmand, a coffee with a couple of petits fours on the side.”The Petits Fours Envies Sucrées come frozen in packs of 53 and have an 18-month shelf life.
Radio NZ News 1 July 2013Welfare agency Child, Youth and Family admits mistakes were made in its management of a couple found guilty of the serious neglect of their children. The 23-year-old woman and 25-year-old man, whose names are permanently suppressed to protect the four children, were sentenced in the District Court in Wellington on Monday. When police went to the Lower Hutt home in January this year they found the couple intoxicated and their children, then aged four, three, two and seven months, in a distressed state and in need of medical attention.….Child, Youth and Family’s general manager of operations Paula Attrill says the case highlights the need for better coordination of services for children. Ms Attrill says that at times social workers were overly optimistic about the parents’ progress and compliance with plans to address the children’s care. She says the focus was on getting the parents to make changes and at times the needs of the children did not receive the level of response that, in hindsight, should have occurred.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/213370/cyf-admits-mistakes-made-in-neglect-caseChild neglect happening under CYF’s noseNZ City 1 July 2013…The department was notified on multiple occasions, over several years, about the parenting of the mother and father, who were sentenced on four charges of neglecting their children on Monday…Hutt Valley Inspector Mike Hill said the local community was appalled by the behaviour of the parents. “This was not an issue of poverty for this family, these parents simply prioritised alcohol, drugs and parties ahead of the needs of their children,” he said.http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=169428&cat=1005&fm=newsmain%2Cnarts
The former Manchester United full-back reckons the age of the City squad and the impact of Financial Fair Play mean the chances of success in Europe for Manuel Pellegrini’s men are decreasing every season. City lost their opening game of this season’s Champions League 1-0 in Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Neville said: ” Two championships in three years marks them out as a great English side who sit alongside the title-winning teams of Arsene Wenger, (Jose) Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson. But just looking at them now, and where they are in their development, I feel this team is in a dangerous position. “Before Wednesday’s game I said: ‘For this team the time is now.’ I looked at the line-up and felt they were growing old together. Football allows that less and less. The fruit is ripe – but you had better eat it quickly, because it’s going to go off. “The value of those players will drop quite sharply in the next 18 months because everyone will know they are going over the edge. People used to say of Ferguson: ‘Why has he sold this or that player when he’s still performing really well?’ Answer: because he knew what was coming. “There is a trace of that now with City. Their problem, though, is that Financial Fair Play is chasing them down the road. So their option is to sell big now and buy young replacements in the next 12 months. “If they wait any longer they will be in trouble on the saleable value of the current players. Another route would be to bring through academy graduates.” Manchester City are running out of time to win the Champions League, according to Gary Neville. Press Association