I'm a happily married mum of two boys, aged 17 and 19, and as a family we moved to France eleven years ago. My husband works for a French company, I teach English to French people aged 6 - 60, and English reading and writing to the English-speaking children of the area. We are part of an English speaking church in Lyon. I love to shop for French vintage lace, fabric and household items, and to combine them with my British and global treasures in interesting ways.
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I am not a perfect mother or housewife. There is dog hair under the sofa and the boys eat with their elbows on the table, however much they're nagged. I just assume you'd rather see the pretty stuff!
Forget-me-nots from Niki's garden (Nostalgia at the Stonehouse)
Friday, January 7, 2011
Three Kings, Three Cakes... and counting...
I've told you before but I'll tell you again - the French have a lovely way of beating the post-Christmas blues! Looking at these photos, I realise I could have entered them for a Splash of Colour, they are so jewel-like. That's very appropriate, because the cake is a crown, and is one of three varieties of cake we can buy at this time of the year to commemorate the visit of the Three Kings to the toddler Jesus.
On top of each cake is a paper crown, and inside each cake is hidden a little porcelain figure (watch your teeth!). The figures are called fèves, named after the beans that they obviously replaced at some point in history.
Traditionally, the fèves were models of figures from the nativity story. We still get those, but nowadays you also get characters from films (I broke off Harry Potter's head one year - Bad Mummy!). Can you guess what the fève in this pretty cake might have been?