parfait … n [F, lit., something perfect, fr. parfait perfect, fr. L perfectus] (1894) 1 : a flavored custard containing whipped cream and syrup frozen without stirring 2 : a cold dessert made of layers of fruit, syrup, ice cream, and whipped cream
— Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003)
During a workshop at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City, my teacher relayed this lesson he’d learned from a Buddhist monk: to offer a banana to a guest who has arrived at your home is an act of kindness, but to peel the banana before offering it is a great act of kindness. I submit that slicing and layering the banana with cashew whipped cream, candied pecans, and organic, fair-trade chocolate syrup in a beautiful glass is an even greater act of kindness.
To the pedantic among you, a parfait is a particular frozen dessert. To others, it’s any tasty treat layered or arranged in a clear dish. However, the parfait also embodies taking both the time and care to turn something already appealing into pure delight.
So A Parfait a Day is about more than just desserts. It’s about serving splendidness in any form we can dream up, from dessert, to brunch, to dinner, to crafts, to (high) kitsch, and, dare I say, art.
About Jen Savran Kelly
Jen lives with her husband, son, and beautiful old cat in Ithaca, NY, where she loves to write fiction and films and bind books — almost as much as she loves parfaits.