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Queen For A Day

December 30, 2009
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Jean-Charles explains the history of the Galette des Rois or "King's Cake", which survived the French Revolution as the "Equality Cake!"

Even for those of us who get to enjoy wine for a living, it can be hard to return to work after all the festivities of a long holiday weekend. So on Monday morning, it was a special treat to gather with our winery team to share one more gift together.

Over the years, the winery’s owner, Jean-Charles Boisset, has spoiled us with all kinds of French culinary delights: hot, puffy gougères, fresh from the oven, perfectly-ripened Brillat-Savarin (the ultimate in diet-crippling, triple-cream Brie), and yes, on occassion . . . savory frog’s legs.

I had to endure quite a few giggles when Jean-Charles announced that my lucky charm used to be a symbol of fertility.

Fortunately, Monday morning’s surprise did not involve any reptiles: only delicious croissants, pain au chocolat, and a delightful Galette des Rois, a puff pastry cake layered with sweet almond cream and custard.

As we gathered around to enjoy the morning’s bounty, Jean-Charles read to us the long history of the Galette or “King’s Cake,” which celebrates the Epiphany (the journy of the Magi to visit Christ).

Traditionally, one of the slices had a bean hidden in it, and whoever got the bean became King for the day. Eventually the beans were replaced with tiny ceramic figurines like the one pictured here, which I found buried deep within my slice. I am pretty sure Jean-Charles cheated, knowing how much I would love to be Queen, but maybe he just wanted to see me wear a cardboard crown for the day!

Luckily, our cake came with TWO crowns, so I got to choose a king. Thanks Sal!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy permalink
    December 30, 2009 7:14 pm

    How fun! Also nice that Jean-Charles didn’t have you all sign waivers before diving into the cake… :) http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2009/12/24/pudding-lawsuit-fear.html

  2. December 30, 2009 10:23 pm

    Wow Tracy, that is a hilarious link! I guess the Brits are as litigious a society as the U.S.

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