A Festive French tradition…

January 8th, 2016 Posted by In the Press No Comment yet

Galette des Rois

This week saw the last of the Christmas festivities in the Quemerais household as we celebrated Epiphany on 6th January with the traditional Galette des Rois or King cake. Epiphany marks the twelfth day after Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the three kings who travelled from afar with gifts for the new-born baby Jesus. In France it is traditional to eat the Galette – a delicious puff pastry dessert filled with frangipane almond cream – on this day.

The dessert is perfect for parties as hidden inside is a small porcelain figurine of a religious character known as la fève. By tradition, the youngest member of the family sits under the table and chooses who should be served which slice of the dessert. The one who receives the character in their slice is crowned the king or queen for the day and proudly wears their crown for the rest of the party, as well as having all of their wishes realised!

We love this family tradition and so do the children, even now. Our daughter Marie has a vast collection of the characters found in the Galette.

It has been a busy festive season for us with lots of Christmas dinner parties and a New Year’s Eve gathering for 12 and we are now looking forward to what 2016 will bring. If you have an event or special occasion coming up and you would like to know more about what we can offer, please contact us on 07423 746 080.

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