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

Embracing my inner Julia Child

I had a moment this week where I learned to make do with a failed project in the kitchen. It reminds me of Julia Child, apparently, she never apologized when something didn’t quite go as planned but just carried on as though it was all part of the plan. First, a little backstory… Last week we…

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A visit to the Strasbourg Christmas Markets

We joke from time to time that my heritage can’t be Canadian, I’m always cold and today is no exception. The wind is howling and knocking over the patio chairs we haven’t brought in yet, the doors upstairs are clacking in their frames and I’m doing loads of laundry after a busy weekend and bundled…

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  • SueDecember 15, 2017 - 07:21

    We ate at La Corde a Linge on our first visit.  The menu was so interesting though I think I did order a heavier dinner than I’d wished I had.  Love to see the city in this season…..someday!ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 15, 2017 - 09:43

      I guess I can’t speak to eating Alsatian food in warmer months, to me, it seems like wintery food but then I’m sure there must be dishes more suited to summer I have yet to discover but I’ve only been in the cooler months.ReplyCancel

  • GrantDecember 30, 2017 - 15:51

    Check out the Christmas market in Aachen (Germany). It was magical, the city is magical and yes they have mulled wine everywhere to keep you warm…  Hope you had a great Christmas and all the very best adventures in 2018 !ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 31, 2017 - 11:10

      I’m up for that! Mulled wine is the winning ticket. A little conviviality over hot spiced wine and a festive atmosphere does the trick every time but I haven’t explored Germany yet aside from just outside of the Munich airport but I’m going to say that doesn’t count. Did you go with Nadia or on your own?ReplyCancel

Shape Shifting

When I originally left Canada back in 2012, I left my bathroom scale behind. When life had hit the wall the year before I dropped 30 pounds almost overnight, my friends were worried, but unfortunately, I could do nothing about it not even eating McFlurries from time to time. Sometimes that’s how life goes. Some…

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  • Rhonda BurdenDecember 10, 2017 - 07:14

    Congratulations, Christina! I had no idea you were expecting a baby and you look fabulous! Keep up the good work, slow and steady. Can’t wait to hear more!ReplyCancel

    • Christina (Vine and the Olive)December 11, 2017 - 13:11

      Thanks Rhonda! Yes we’re expecting a spring baby and we’re pretty excited about the entire adventure. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to come back to Canada as a family a little while after so he gets his first taste of his Canadian roots 🙂ReplyCancel

French Baby Registry

I shared online recently about a funny conversation between my husband and I. We were watching an anglophone series (a great way for him to learn conversational expressions etc) and the characters were talking about throwing a baby shower for the expectant mother. It went on long enough when he finally interjected,  “What do they…

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