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Galettes des Rois

Tomorrow, January 6th is Epiphany in France and over the last week, all the pastry shops go from the traditional yule log cakes, known as the bûche de noël, to the Galette des Rois!  You might have heard about the cake with the hidden bean or “fève” that is placed inside this almond cream-filled pastry and…

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  • GrantJanuary 5, 2018 - 22:35

    Looks delicious !!  Enjoy and a late HNY to you as well. ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 6, 2018 - 14:28

      Yes, they really are! A little lighter than the store bought with a little less sugar and almond cream instead of Frangipane (which many places use because it’s cheaper.)
      Happy New Year to you and the family as well Grant!ReplyCancel

  • Susan baldwinJanuary 28, 2018 - 22:23

    I made this last night – delicious!  Just one big one, maybe I’ll start feeling comfortable working with puff pastry.  Love, mom

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    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 29, 2018 - 18:00

      Oh I’m glad it worked out! Did you invite company?ReplyCancel

  • SusanJanuary 29, 2018 - 19:23

    Yes, June and Dennis came for dinner.  The pastry was a frozen block until we’d finished eating, but then it was quick to roll and put together.  We all loved it,

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    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)January 30, 2018 - 17:58

      Good thing the pastry was ready on time! I’m glad to hear it was a hit, especially since you were making in the moment! Mind you, it is THAT easy…ReplyCancel

Everything old is new again

I admit I’ve been so quiet as of late. The end of summer and the beginning of fall were harder than anticipated as I fought hard against morning (read: all day) sickness. I felt like I was having to hide a part of my story as we waited to get through the first trimester since…

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Top 2 spots for seeing Paris from above

You’re coming to Paris, and you’re already dreaming of flaky croissants and sitting at the micro-sized café tables sipping red wine and people watching or having your first picnic in the Champ de Mars next to the Eiffel Tower and getting lost in the streets. Who could blame you? But before you do, consider seeing…

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the scent of spring

I have this love of perfume. In a way, I equate it to an awakening. As a university student, I was feeling broke, so broke you could hardly convince me to buy new socks, and if I did, they’d be simple, cheap, black socks. My girlfriends knew this about me, I would become paralyzed by the…

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The city of lights and a bit of dark history

If you’re in North America,  it’s probably starting to get a little chilly out and I can almost bet you’ve been thinking about where you’ll go next. I know the feeling – we’ve been doing lots of it ourselves, though I had to remind Jérémie that Lapland only gets 2.5 hours of sun a day in…

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  • LesleyNovember 17, 2016 - 05:57

    I went for a bike ride with my friend Anna on the weekend and she told me she was pretty sure she saw you when she was in Paris last month. I asked her where it was and she said Buttes Chaumont so I think she must have been right! Small world! (She remembered you from our wedding 🙂 )ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)November 17, 2016 - 13:53

      Oh crazy! That’s so unexpected. It might have been… Did she say much? Was I alone or with Jeremie? Eating our picnic? Too bad she didn’t say hi – though I might not have known her…ReplyCancel

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