Galette des Rois; cake goes a long way to beat the January blues!

Cake and Art – two ways guaranteed to cheer me up in Winter

This January I have found things a lot better by not making any resolutions. It’s not the resolutions themselves; it’s making them in January. After the fairylights and festivities of December are over, we hit Winter proper. If it were crisp blue skies and ice cold sunshine it wouldn’t be so bad, but in the UK at the moment it has been very, very wet and sunset is around 4pm… That to me equals hibernation time and taking it easy on yourself.  Come February when Spring is at least visible on the horizon, then the resolutions can be made.

Until then, cake. Cake with friends. And more specifically cake where you find a prize and get to wear a crown! January cheered up already :)

Galette des Rois

The French tradition of Galette des Rois can be enjoyed throughout January at the Paul Patisserie, but it came into being in the 14th century to celebrate Epiphany (this year 6th Jan, but it moves – like Easter).

It’s a flat puff pastry cake filled with either apple or frangipane, with a charm baked into it. Traditionally it’s sliced into however many people are eating it, plus one extra;  the part du Bon Dieu (God’s slice), the part de la Vierge (the Virgin Mary’s slice) or the part du pauvre (poor man’s slice) depending on your persuasions.

Finding the charm in a Galette des Rois

This year the charm was a little china rabbit.

Queen for the day thanks to Galette des Rois!

The friend who found it is French – was it Paul playing favourites? :)

By the way, Paul are offering a 20% off full price Daumier tickets* for the duration of the exhibition at the Royal Academy! Either pick up a leaflet in one of their shops or enter the code ‘PAUL’ when buying a ticket online. This is the first exhibition since the 60s of his work in the UK and it looks ace –

A staunch believer in the Republican cause, a freethinker and chronicler of everyday life in turbulent 19th century Paris, Honoré Daumier lived during a pivotal time in France’s history. ‘Visions of Paris’ sets out to explore his legacy through 130 works, many of which have never been seen in the UK before, with a concentration on paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures

*This isn’t a sponsored post or anything by the way, just two things of note  – Cake and Art – that will hopefully cheer up what can be a miserable month!

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