Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Visiting my friend at l'atelier de figue I was reminded of French traditions at Epiphany and got a huge blast from the past. On Jan. 6, the Epiphany, the misletoe is burned in the fireplace, and the galette des rois, a sort of pie in which a bean is hidden, is eaten. The person who gets the bean is crowned king. It's a great blend of old and new, the misletoe being druidic and all. I like traditions and rites, especially when they're pleasant ones. I don't have a galette des rois, do I'll just settle for...cake.


  1. l'atelier de figue5:58 a.m.

    Je te nomme reine de toutes les galettes !
    Bise et un grand merci pour ce joli post qui me va droit au coeur ...

  2. Cake? did you say cake........

  3. Now they don't put beans in them, but little trinkets, i.e. angels. xo

  4. Colette, do you happen to watch The Fine Living Channel? Last night, Martha had on Mrs. Milman, and she made her Chocolate Frosting, and Martha made her Moist Devil's Food Cake. Mrs.M's recipe was made with 24 oz. Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels and 4 cups of heavy cream-cooked in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 30-35 minutes. Transfer to metal bowl, and refrigerate for about 2 hrs, stirring every 15 minutes. This lady was precious~I have got to try it!
    Your cake reminded me of it immediately!

  5. This cake looks luscious and decadent in your painting hon! What lovely traditions. We just take the tree and greenery down and pack up the decorations. The French rites are much more romantic and sacred. Diane, I watch Fine Living too...and Martha's show is excellent! She has come back better than ever I think.

  6. I remember my grandma putting sixpences in the pudding at Christmas time.. I guess that is similar..
    I might just do something like this with a chocolate cake! what fun to eat the cake and receive a gift as well :)

  7. We had a 12th night party at our house...with a charm baked in the cake...the one who got the charm is to have the party next year.

  8. I forgot to say, I love your colorful illustration!

  9. j'aime galette des rois! they're so delicious. i went to france when i was in high school right around when they were celebrating this holiday and i ate a ton of them...lol.

    they're not terribly hard to make, if you ever want to give it a go.

    :) Diana
    The Chic Life


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