Thursday, 3 January 2013

Bon appétit ... WHAT? AGAIN?

Food traditions never stop in my country. After snails for Xmas eve  frogs on Xmas day ,
champagne and "petit fours" on New Year's eve and Foie Gras on New Year's day, on the first Sunday of January we eat " La galette des rois'' ( called the King cake)  you will note that the Sunday usually starts on the Thursday before and ends the following Saturday.

The king cake is here to remind us of the biblical 3 kings and the tradition of epiphany ( in other we don't givea crap about why , it's just another reason to sit down and eat)
It consists of flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of frangipane. Tradition holds that the cake is “to draw the kings” to the Epiphany. A figurine, la fève, which can represent anything from a car to a cartoon character, is hidden in the cake and the person who finds the trinket in their slice becomes king for the day and will have to offer the next cake.
I remember my grand father used to swallow it, just to NOT buy the next cake.
Obviously , who had it today? Who is the only penniless  misfit in this family? The one who still does not feel completely french ( and still feels like she's in the movie Amélie after being back for 2 months?) ME! At least I'm the only strolling Queen of THIS country. Yes we do have to wear the crown...

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