Galette des Rois

Galettes des Rois

After the French food fest of Christmas and New Year’s Eve has finished, the arrival of January brings a national obsession with the galette or gâteau des rois – the “Cake of Kings.” This scrumptious-looking cake, usually topped with a golden paper couronne (crown), can be found in your local boulangerie, pâtisserie, or supermarché from mid-December. In northern France it’s …

What is Bastille Day?

What is Bastille Day

What is Bastille Day?  The French call it le quatorze juillet (the 14th of July) or la Fête Nat (short for Fête Nationale) as it’s France’s National Day.  It is a day to celebrate and remember the beginning of the French Revolution, following the storming of the Bastille in Paris, which was a fortress and prison representing French Royalty in 1789 National Day is celebrated …