Monday, October 11, 2010

Les féves

The Epiphany holiday on January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Magi or the "Three Kings" to the infant Jesus. In France, it is traditional to bake a King Cake and insert a tiny ceramic figure inside. The child that finds the figure in his or her slice is king for the day. Never mind the possibility of choking or breaking teeth, family and holy traditions are ties that bind. Historically, the fava bean was used before ceramic figures or charms, which is why they are called les féves.

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