Happy Epiphany

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  1. french fries

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    Happy Epiphany everybody! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif  I've been blanching almonds, grinding them and making frangipane yesterday. Today I'm making two Pithiviers to share with family and friends. Anyone else celebrating? 

     
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  2. kaiquekuisine

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    FF , just curious what is Epiphany lol ?
     
  3. french fries

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    Honestly I don't know the history or the religious story behind it... I just know the food tradition! So if you ask me, Epiphany is the first sunday of January, when we make a frangipane galette. A small ceramic toy is inserted in the galette. The youngest kid present goes under the table, someone cuts a slice and asks "for who?", the kid names someone and that someone gets that slice. Whoever gets the ceramic toy is king for a day and gets to wear a paper crown. 

    It's a fun tradition! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
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  4. kaiquekuisine

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    OMG , maybe one day if i ever have kids ill celebrate that holiday xD. 

    I know tomx is a holiday in Brazil , idk about the rest of the world though. 
     
  5. petemccracken

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  6. brianshaw

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    According to scripture... Magi, not kings.  But colloquially, kings.  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif  

    p.s.  I have great respect (and a hearty appetite) for traditional Epiphany food but this year I' going counter-culture and making latkes.
     
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  7. kokopuffs

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    It's a christian celebration held by the Eastern Orthodox religion.  There's a thirteen day difference between the Gregorian (generally used) calendar and the Julian (Eastern Orthodox) one.  Here, and try googling it.
     
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  8. teamfat

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    Epiphany is the 12th Day of Christmas, when the three wise men arrive in Bethlehem.  In our family it was the last day for decorations, the tree gets stripped, and trinkets come down and get put away for next year.

    mjb.
     
  9. kaiquekuisine

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    Teamfat that explains why my grandmother will take off trinkets and etc... on this date XD. 
     
  10. brianshaw

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    Same in our family tradition.  Now that it is evening, Christmas is all packed away awaiting the  next celebration.
     
  11. chrisbelgium

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    @FF; we don't celebrate Epiphany no more but I would gladly help you to get rid of that Pithiviers!! yummmmm!

    We still have a tradition though of young children going from door to door, all dressed like kings and performing songs in exchange for a little pocket money.

    When we were young there was sort of a cake made with a bean cooked inside. The one who had the slice with the bean was promoted king for one day... well, mostly on paper.

    And, as usual on that 6th of January, the Christmas attributes go back to the attic for another year.
     
  12. koukouvagia

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    The Epiphany is on Jan 6th, and on January 7th we celebrate St. John, or John the Baptist, the day that Christ was baptized.  I'll have to get back to you about food traditions, however in Greece we celebrate at church by walking down to the nearest body of water (beach, lake, river etc)  and throwing in the cross symbolizing the baptism of Christ and the blessing of the waters.  A few brave souls jump in and whoever finds the cross is blessed and spends the rest of the day taking the cross from house to house to bless each and every house and ears a few tips and treats along the way.  Obviously this is still done in small villages but here in NY we go down to the river.  I haven't been in years.
     
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    When I was a kid we left the Christmas Tree up till the Epiphany.
     
  14. pollopicu

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    We celebrate the Epiphany here at home. (el dia de los reyes)

    In Puerto Rico when we were children instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa, we left water and grass under our beds for the camels traveling to Bethlehem. I normally cook a roast pork (pernil) for Los Reyes, but this year I made Shepards pie.
     
  15. kaiquekuisine

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    Pollo , we too call it Dias dos Reis in Brazil. 

    My grandmother is a holiday encyclopedia, i didnt even know of the holiday till it was oddly mentioned xD. 
     
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  16. french fries

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    Well I still have a bit of leftover puff pastry and frangipane, maybe I'll make a small galette today. 

    The little ceramic toy (or plastic toy only if you put it AFTER cooking, obviously) used to be a broad bean or fava bean... and even though it's been replaced by a small toy, we still call it a fava bean! Funny.