Sunday, January 07, 2018

Twelfth Night




                                Le gateau des Rois - Jean-Baptiste Greuze

January 6th is celebrated as The Feast of the Epiphany and here in France we buy a special cake in which there is hidden a small lucky charm. In the past the lucky charm was a bean - une fève - now it is a little ceramic trinket. 

The recipe for the galette des rois varies according to the country and/or region in which it is baked, here in Brittany we buy a flaky pastry filled with frangipane.   

Last night I was invited to my first dinner to celebrate Twelfth Night. It was another French-only dinner during which the conversation included discussions on feminism, my habit of swimming in cold seas in winter (and the benefits that brings to the immune system), Brexit (bien sûr) and the high rate of suicides in rural communities. All of that speaking French led to me dreaming in French for the first time since I finishing my languages degree five years ago so it obviously awakened a previously dormant part of my brain!

The meal was lovely, the champagne was delicious and I found la fève and so got to wear the paper crown and be Queen for the evening, although since I am a Republican I decided that it would be more democratic to hold an election.

Voting slips can be obtained from the mairie...