As the new year starts and many people are, I'm sure, thinking of detox, diets, cutting down and indulging less, we in France have the terrible misfortune to have to continue eating! This is because of yet another culinary tradition, la galette des Rois, or Kings' Cake, which is eaten at Epiphany - the 6th of January. It's tough living in the land of UNESCO world intangible heritage French cuisine, but we've got to respect the gastronomy!
This time it's all about a simple flaky buttery pastry pie filled with delicious almond paste "frangipane". Inside a small figurine made of porcelain is hidden and whoever gets this in their piece becomes King (or Queen) for the day and gets to wear a paper crown. The figurine is called a fève, meaning broad bean, as originally it was just this, a bean, hidden in the cake and not a trinket. Nowadays the fève can be anything from a character in the latest Disney film to a religious figure or random item such as a milk bottle.