Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Epiphanie 2015!

Last Sunday, I thought I would do something nice for my husband. You see, he's been asking and waiting for a week for me to make Shrimp with Coconut Milk / Ginataang Hipon. I've had the ingredients on-hand, but there was always something in the way. Lunch invitations, lack of time, last minute meetings ..... you name it. I finally decided that Sunday lunch would be the best time to spoil my husband. I, however, had no idea what would happen next.

So as I was getting prepared to finally cook the shrimp, I suddenly noticed that we didn't have anymore cooking gaz. Uh -oh. No cooking gaz on a Sunday? Double Uh-oh! MR's face went from being the happiest man in the world to the saddest one. I certainly didn't want to break his heart once again, so I did the next best thing. I put everything in the rice cooker, closed the lid, pushed the cooking button, and prayed to the heavens above that everything would turn out fine. And you know what? It turned out great!

Today was not just any regular Sunday. Today, we were celebrating Epiphanie and like 97% of French people, we  had a Galette des Rois for dessert. Made of puff pastry, la Galette des Rois is the French King Cake and we prefer it traditional. Traditional meaning with a Frangipane (almond cream filling) and not the newer versions with apples, raspberries, peach, and even chocolate!

Tradition wants that you carefully slice the Galette des Rois. Ask the youngest member present to go under the table. As you transfer the slices to individual dessert plates, he / she will decide who gets which slice. Everyone eats at the same time being careful not to choke on the hidden feve (the little figurine / lucky charm). Whoever gets the feve is the King / Queen of the day.

*I can't help but laugh out loud thinking of the way Dad would be all dramatic pretending he broke a tooth with the figurine. Good times. :)


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