For our prompt of “Macarons” today, we have some paired with a mug of something else sweet topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Or, it could also just be an entire mug of only whipped cream, which I would equally adore! Philippe and I were out to eat recently and had a dessert that came topped with lots of whipped cream with a touch of almond extract added. This was magical and so we replicated it at home a few days ago. As for macarons, they were on the buffet we went to on New Years Day, but I didn’t have one. I mostly just love the look and all the bright colors! The holiday season is usually one big sugar bomb, but Philippe and I didn’t have that many extra sugary treats this year. Well, except for his stocking which was packed full of chocolate. This year, I didn’t receive any sweets in my stocking, since last year Philippe ended up eating them all as well. I like a couple bites of chocolates and candy and then I’m done. But truly, whipped cream is my one downfall. If it’s there, I’ll eat it and won’t stop until it’s gone. And yes, it can be the only thing offered and I’m in heaven!
Though I certainly adore all of the simple things when it comes to life in general, this has always been particularly true when it comes to sweets. There are some desserts described as decadent that have lots and lots of ingredients, but I just like simple classics. Pure dark chocolate or plain old homemade vanilla ice cream. Describing something as “vanilla” is another way to call something boring. But to me, something perfectly simple that manages to bring a smile and taste amazing is never dull. And, even though Philippe and I may have dodged the sweets this year, we made up for it in other ways. So, we’ve kicked off the year with something else quite simple in the form of various vegetable soups. It strikes me that even this bit of shift in the menu is also one of our traditions, which would, I guess, be referred to as our holiday detox. Still, I was sad to take that last little bite of Christmas cake. Then Philippe informed me we still have one sweet tradition left to go this month!
Each January, Philippe makes a galette des rois, or king cake. This isn’t the far more colorful cake of the same name that shows up here in the States for Mardi Gras. To me, la galette des rois is so much more delicious and well, has much simpler ingredients, made from pâte feuilleté (puff pastry) and stuffed with a frangipane (dense, creamy almond paste). It’s amazing! Inside there’s a small ceramic trinket referred to as a fève and we have several of these to choose from, so I’m not sure what will end up with in this year’s cake. We don’t, however, have a gold crown for the one who finds the fève, but no doubt our dog Phineas would insist he should be the one wearing it anyway. And once again, just as I’m sad to see the holidays past, I’m reminded that we have little things we always do throughout the year. Some are so small, it’s easy to forget them. But, they’re always there, like a beating drum of beautiful moments and joy. Though there’s a lot to be said for the sparkle of December, my heart is warmed knowing that each and every day can be a celebration of sweet little traditions.
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