Greetings from a very rainy Provence! I've been back in our fair South since last Thursday, with just the right amount of jet lag to keep me going through the New Year's festivities & ring in 2011 with a bang. Well, make that more of a long, rolling *sigh*, since that is exactly how we spent most of Friday evening - oohing & ahhing over the wonderful foodie creations our hosts had put together, followed the next day with a lot of canape time.
And no need to whip out your French dictionaries here folks - canape means sofa in English. But just how exactly do we translate "couch potatoes"? I'll leave that one to the experts...
The other fabulous thing about the start of 2011, is the hours I get to spend musing over where to go for the Gourmet Sojourn that my better half (who said that?) was gifted over the holiday season. Just a little something extra-special known as the Dakota Box.
This box just might be the best gift ever (everrrr), and was rated #2 on the list of things that the French wanted for Christmas (#1?...money...there's no fools over here friends) - at least that's what the kind newscasters on channel M6 told us this holiday season.
Mais, qu'est-ce que c'est le Dakota Box? Just what exactly is this box? Well, it's not really about the box - more the book inside the box that contains more than 120 options to spend the night in a French hotel with your choice of a gourmet dinner. Again, total awesome-ness! (still can't really let my California trip go).
Well, besides spending hours on the canape with the Dakota Box (how can we choose just on place? boggles the mind...), I'm really looking forward to all the new adventures 2011 has to offer. Among them, learning more about this beloved region called Provence, with all of its fun and quirky traditions.
Like tomorrow, on the 6th of January, when we will celebrate the Epiphany, or the Jour des Rois, in France. Besides customs of baking a plastic "trinket" of a king inside a round bread (gateau de Rois) & crowning a (paper) "king" to whichever lucky person finds the trinket, there is another tradition of keeping small pots of wheat growing in your home until the Epiphany. You can buy the wheat at your local bakery, and it's said to bring you fortune & money in the New Year.
Wishing everyone a very happy 2011! Here's hoping your year is full of a lot of wheat & little kings :)