Articles avec #tradition tag
As usual we stopped in Kaysersberg on our way to the center of Alsace.
One week after Easter, decorations are still hanging in the streets. There are plenty of Easter rabbits and that is always a bit strange for people living in Lorraine as here bells bring Easter eggs, not rabbits. The colours are pleasant to look at and it makes streets look happy even if the day was quite cloudy.
We had an afternoon snack in the tea room we know well. My husband chose "punch rhum" and I had to ask what it was : a cake made with a mixture of kugelhopf pieces, custard, raisins soaked in rum, candied fruit. In Nancy we would call it "pudding". I chose almond and peach pie, I was not an adventurer on Saturday.
And we did some shopping in Kaysersberg. Each time we are in Alsace we notice shops selling hats and caps. These shops are not common in or near Nancy and we often must go to markets to find hats and the choice is not so good. So my husband found a cap he likes, good quality, nice colours. Next time I will try to find a hat for me, a summer hat.
As each year I made crêpes for Candlemas on the 2nd of February. It is a tradition. But don't imagine we eat crêpes only on this day.
I feel it is one thing so convenient to cook, at the last minute, that it has become over the years THE meal when I don't want to cook or don't know what to cook.
In the last few weeks I have seen several times on television people cooking Crêpes Suzette. I have never made these but feel more and more like trying. Put the crêpes in melted butter, sugar and orange juice, add a bit of Grand Marnier and make it flambé... and eat it!
This would mean a bit more work for me but it is so good.
And it would be a good idea after a walk on this sunny day. A beautiful warm and sunny Sunday for Lorraine.
Bells have gone to Rome, so they won't ring till Sunday morning, and they'll bring back eggs to Lorraine, as usual.
Some places had planned Easter egg hunts on Saturday but I read a few minutes ago that some of these towns and villages have postponed the hunt till Monday as the beginning of Easter week end will be too wet. This morning it was freezing, and now it is very dark and it should rain very soon.
By doing my shopping today I had a long look at Easter chocolates. I saw the traditional eggs, bells, hens and rabbits. There were a few big fish too. Usually we can only get very small ones. And on television I discovered a place making loads of Easter chocolates and this year the novelty is.... sheep. The body has got an egg-shape, four pieces for the legs and one for the head are added and the decoration makes plenty of different ones.
A long week end is starting.
I wish you all a HAPPY EASTER TIME.
As usual we went to Lunéville this morning to enjoy the Foire Grasse day, the 598th fair ! We are so used to it that I noticed straight away which stallholders were not present : the one who offers the most impressive choice of dried sausages, the ones selling pigs feet, and a few others. They may have gone to Le Val d'Ajol in the Vosges mountains where there was also a fair today.
The man who sells products to shine shoes was not at the same place, but as talkative as the other years. He was not far from the one selling perfumes and the other one selling nail varnish. There were a lot of people selling clothes. The farmer from the Vosges still proposed his vegetables (potatoes - some blue ones -, lettuce, Jerusalem artichokes) and onions to plant or to eat. The butcher was selling black sausage and there was a long queue to buy it as last years. And, as it was cold, people were buying hot drinks (wine or coffee) but also some pâtés lorrains hot and ready to be eaten.
We met several friends and colleagues, had a pleasant chat and did our shopping at the end of the visit : honey (fir tree and woods, - no, it is not the same), dried sausages (seven sorts !), cheese (marvelous but a bit expensive I must say), pretzels (the big ones) and chocolate-coated marshmallow treats (a big box, wow !). I admired the bread but didn't buy any, next year maybe.
First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year. May 2015 be healthy (with a good health, we can do everything), busy (with a job, it is easier) and joyful (smiles and laughs make our days, don't they?)
I have thought about New Year's tradition and the first thing which came to my mind was le calendrier du facteur (the postman's calendar). Each year, and especially in villages, the postman or postwoman offers a calendar and we give him/her a bit of money to thank him/her for the good job done.
We have to choose one in a pile. Cats, dogs, birds, flowers, beaches, mountains, typical villages... are on display. This year I took one with old pictures of bicycles and bikes on one side and cars and campers on the other side.
The outside of the calendar gives us at one glance the months, saint of the day, moon, seasons. The inside is even more interesting : saints' day in alphabetical order, marriage anniversaries (from one year - cotton - to 80 years - oak), a map of France, another of the whole world, the list of towns and villages of our département with a detailed map of it, maps of the centers of Lunéville, Toul, Nancy (the whole town), Longwy, the times when sun and moon rise and set, and a small calendar for 2016. On top of this, we also discover a long article about pollution in houses, about how to save money when heating the house and about an organic way of gardening.
Who said the postman's calendar is not useful ? I would not do without it.