Keeping Up With Douce France

La Galette des Rois: the King maker cake

December 12, 2019

Every year in January, to celebrate the Epiphany, the French share "La Galette des Rois" - namely Kings' Cake - with friends and family.  Here is everything you need to know  to enjoy the tradition...
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What about candied chestnuts?

November 14, 2019

The seasonal confection originated in southern France and northern Italy, where chestnut trees are plentiful. Prior to the Crusades, there was no sugar in Europe. Sugar cane is native to Southeast Asia, from which it made its way to the Middle East...

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The history and virtues of chocolate in a nutshell

November 13, 2019

Some scientists say humans have been using and consuming cacao beans for at least 2,000 years, while some historians suggest that it might date back to four millennia...
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