Friday, January 11, 2013

let them eat cake

King's Cake that is (or La galette des Rois as it's known en français).

La galette des Rois (which I had last year and the year before that, and the year before that, but I don't think I blogged about it, but honestly I don't remember, so if any of you remember me writing a post about King's Cake back in '11, or '10, please do let me know) is quite the tradition around these parts and by these parts, I mean France.

We eat the cake to celebrate the Epiphany, but really, they sell it throughout all of January, and not wanting to waste anytime, Papa's Wife's 90 year old mother, Louisette, bought one for us to eat on New Year's Day (totally understandable because if I was 90, I probably wouldn't want to waste anytime either).


We went to Papa's for lunch (we being my mother, The Husband and me) and were supposed to be joined by Brother-in-Law, Child Bride and The Germans as well, but none of them showed. I'm guessing they were far too pooped from that spectacular cocktail party in the original Le Petit Village on New Years Eve. Oh well, more cake for the rest of us.  (OK, so I know that I've jumped straight from Christmas to January 1st without one iota of gossip from St. Stephen's Day or a New Year's Eve rundown, but I promise, I'll get to them)

Now the way King's Cake goes is, the youngest person there is supposed to get under the table (so they can't see anything) and say who gets what piece of cake, but since La Petite had went down for her nap, that left The Husband as the youngest and he's way too big to crawl under the table, so we skipped that tradition. Which is kind of funny, because look who found la fève in his piece of cake and got to be king for the day...



So yeah, that's La galette des Rois. It's, traditional, tasty and comes with a little bean inside of it that if if it happens to be inside your piece, means you get crowned King for the day (or Queen if the gender fits). And besides la fève (the bean), there might be another treat in the cake like this tiny cow... 


And there you have it, King's Cake.

(I clearly don't have a clue how to end this post, 
please forgive me).

bisou
 

29 comments:

  1. We had a black and white cow in ours - is there a 2013 theme?! Wishing you Happy New Year (belatedly) in Le Petit Village.

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  2. Mmm Galette de Rois! I just loove the frangipane version. I haven't actually tasted the fruity one.

    In the cake we had, there was a Miss Sybill Trelawney (the Divination teacher!) from Harry Potter. What was that about :P I was hoping to find a cow or a sheep haha.

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  3. We had three at work yesterday: a royaume (like you had), a frangipan one from Intermarche and a home made frangipan one.

    Personally, I like the royaume best but in small doses.

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  4. Lol we've had many Galette de Rois at my house when my mother tries her hardest to incorporate her French heritage into our family, amongst the beer drinking and XBox sessions of mon pere et frere. It's a fun tradition - and my mother still tried to make my brother get under the table, to no great success.
    Love this post! (What's new though, right? I always love your writing!).

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  5. That's an amazing tradition. Why don't we have anything like this here?

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  6. The one we had was more of a pastry than what you've got pictured - different regions, different traditions? I believe last year Lauris found the fève three times... Then my husband found the fourth. But since it was his birthday I let it slide!

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    1. Yes, different regions of France have different types of cake. This one is (I think) le gateau des rois, which is common in the south, and there is also a galette des rois traditionnelle, and a galette de basencon that they eat in other parts of France. I prefer the one with the thick layer of cream in the middle - not sure which one that is but it's my favorite :)

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  7. Hopefully le petit boeuf goes in Papa's creche...haha, is THAT how he collected all those little figurines????

    And I do think The Husband should have gotten under the table...lol

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  8. Ah la vachette, cute trinket :-)Never had this type of galette before, looks yum|!

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  9. Any reason to eat cake is a good day!

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  10. Hmm, I will really have to try this. Diet, Schmiet.

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  11. Ooooh I know it's late but the boy and I are planning to have a galette together this weekend! Yummmm - looking fwd to it :)

    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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  12. Oh I'm so craving decent glace fruit right now! A cow in your cake though, that's, um, odd...

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  13. Great post. Before reading your post, I had no idea the traditions behind it especially the youngest behind under the table. :) My french husband told me they do this too :) I look forward to galette des rois particularly with almond filling every January, sadly I missed getting one this year.

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  14. What's the cow for? Kings cake is mandatory for Jan 6 in Spain, and there's a hidden bean and a hidden figure of a king. The one who receives the king is the king of the day and gets to wear the crown, but the one who gets the bean is "the loser" and supposed to pay for the cake!

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  15. we did one at my work the other day (frangipane kind, not the kind above) and I got the subject, a mini cupcake!

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  16. I was given a couple of slices of home made galette de rois by a student's mum. It was very nice - but (sssh!) I preferred ShCarrefour's version. I think it was sweeter.

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  17. We just had the galette for a post lunch dessert! I know, we're about a week late!

    Because it's just the two of us we bought the smaller portion for one (which is enough for two) not realizing that there aren't any treats inside. No fun.

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  18. How fun, how fun, how fun!!! Is it weird that I really want that little cow?!? He is so cute!!! xx.

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  19. Hi Sara! I came through Ella's and I've been enjoying reading about your daily life in LPV. What a postcard place!
    And let me tell you that i would take many of your "boring" days any day just for being able to be in such a beautiful place, nazi ghosts and all.

    You have a pretty cool group of young people around you and the older gang sounds like fun too. Your new family has seemed to have welcomed you warmly and lovingly into their lives, making you feel one of them. I think you're a very lucky girl!

    That "Rosca de Reyes" looks so yummy!
    Sylvia S.

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  20. Wait... so with king's cake you hide something inside? Does it have to be a cow? Or could it be anything?

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  21. I think they do something similar in New Orleans in the run-up to Mardi Gras .. seems like Kings Cake with a Baby Jesus baked inside and sprinkled with purple abd green sugar. Probably and Americanization of the French custom. Dont felly understand either, but lets eat cake any time we can!

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  22. What a cool tradition! I've never heard of that before but I really like it and can see it being so excited for a little one!

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  23. What a funny tradition! I love that somebody has to crawl under the table!

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  24. Oh - I remember these from New Orleans (or N'awlins) - or wherever that place was I drank too many hurricanes and ended up with = you know = beads n stuff. Although I think they put a little plastic baby in their cakes, which kinda grosses me out. The cow is cuter (in my opinion). Cheers ~

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  25. I wouldn't want to waste any time either.... I love fun traditions like this!

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  26. What does it taste like? Sweet, savory? Is that salt on the edges?

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