Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Crowned Heads of France.


 

Today is Epiphanie (whatever that is) when traditionally, in France, we eat a Galette des Rois.

The Galette is filled with Frangepane, and contains a fève; a small gift not unlike a sixpence in a Christmas Pud.

The finder of the fève also receives a crown, which I'm appalled to see this year is devoted to Star-bloody-Wars (see above). I'm dreading finding that the fève is also some Star-bloody-Wars trinket.

As you can imagine, when we tackle the Galette this evening, I will of course have replaced this nasty commercialised crown with a much more demure home made job.

Happy Epiphanie (I'm not sure, but I think it may be to celebrate when Mary realised that no-one believed her dodgy story about virgin birth).




37 comments:

  1. Haha! "When Mary realized no one believed her dodgy story" is a great explanation!

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  2. Love your explanation.... the most interesting one I've ever heard of. :)

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  3. May the force be with you. That Yoda trinket could help work miracles! x

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    1. In which case I hope I'm the one who finds it... I sure need miracles at the moment.

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  4. Surely Lady M has made her own Galette des Rois, after the recent success with her wonderful Frangipane Tart?

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    1. I'm afraid not. I picked ours up at Leclerc. Lady M's wouldn't have had the Star-bloody-Wars stuff.

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  5. Don't choke on a light sabre!

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  6. It had me puzzled for a long time, Cro. This came to mind. Back in my parent's days there were many babies born after seven months marriage. I still hear, people of my mother's age, say they were born at only seven months gestation. Greetings Maria x

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    1. Yet another miracle! I presume this means they were married mighty quickly after the girl's father found out that his daughter was pregnant.

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    2. Everything is so much faster these days !

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  7. I'd love to find Hans Solo in my slice of galette! Lesley

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    1. And I'd love to find the late Donna Douglas (aged 25).

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    2. As Binks would say 'How rude'
      As Jed would say That's crude'
      Lesley

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  8. Star bloody Wars. P.S. Is that where the word, 'favour' comes from?

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    1. I think it is; it also means Broad Bean.

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  9. Cro - since this year's tart is dedicated to Star Wars please beam me over a bit of that tart - I adore frangipane.

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    1. I adore the Frangipane bit too; just not the Star-bloody-Wars.

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  10. Our son and grandson would love the fact that Star Wars is the theme of your Galette, even though it is ' désapprouvée. Our son loved it the first time around and now his son is into it !!
    Happy Epiphanie Cro & Lady M ....... XXXX

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    1. I've never seen any of the films, so I can't really comment. It's just the commercialisation that bugs me.

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  11. Yet another item to add to my to-do list. Make frangipane.
    Don't think we ever bought Galette des Rois when living in France. (The other half says we did, I just can't remember)
    A Star Wars crown ? You probably would have preferred an Elsa crown from Frozen. Haha. ;)

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    1. I shall be making my own simple Gold Crown (not real gold), fit for any Frangipane-eating King. Not having any small grand-daughters (only grandsons) I really know nothing of 'Frozen', other than having seen lots of references to it.

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  12. In this high tech world, it is nice to know that old world traditions are still being done, even if it is with a Star Wars crown.

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    1. Our Galettes come around as regularly as Christmas.

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  13. I've never seen any Star Wars film, and find the commercial tie-in to the Galette des Rois very odd. (I'd prefer keeping the traditional Galette free of any commercial ties.)

    Hope you will show us your own golden crown on the deserving head.

    Happy Epiphany!

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    1. I've not seen one either, but I believe children love them. I'm afraid the crown no longer exists; I chucked it. One of my grandsons had one a few years back, and insisted on wearing it whenever he flew. All the airport people used to treat him as a VIP; he loved it.

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  14. George lukas has a lot to answer for

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    1. I don't think I've ever seen so much commercialisation for a movie. In my supermarket you could buy everything from Star-bloody-Wars bog paper, to Star-bloody-Wars doughnuts. It was unbelievable.

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  15. All those comments and not one taking you to task for casting aspersions on the virgin birth. You obviously have a very discerning readership.

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    1. It's just that most people now know a scam when they see one.

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  16. I did manage to get my decorations down in time - unlike my neighbours who are still flashing and twinkling away...

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  17. I did manage to get my decorations down in time - unlike my neighbours who are still flashing and twinkling away...

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