Daily Archives: January 31, 2019

Attempting a Galette de Rois/Epiphany or King’s Cake Recipe

Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Gozde Eker

I have an obsession that started about 7 years ago when I was first introduced to French Kings Cake by a French VP for a designer jewelry line I worked for in midtown Manhattan. Our local Le Pain Quotidien created a pretty masterful rendition of the traditional Kings cake.  Simple, flaky and creamy where it mattered. I was thrilled by his surprise morning delivery of such an elegant yet rustic looking dessert.

I have since had the pleasure of tasting different variations, most recently from Maison Kayser, which almost hit the level of perfect decadence that Le Pain was able to achieve. 

I want to know, which is your favorite Kings Cake/Galette De Rois? Do you have a tried and true recipe you are willing to share?

I want to attempt my own Galette de Rois and I really want to start with this New York Time’s recipe. Wish me luck and I will check in with my success or failure!

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Exploring Natural Remedies for a Brutal Cold Season

This season has seen its share of raging viruses and unbearable infections, attacking even the most impenetrable immune systems.  Many I know who haven’t seen a cold in years felt it this year.  As I navigate my second head cold of the year I want to take a moment to navigate an array of different natural treatments of my common cold symptoms.

One of my favorite food remedies for any kind of sickness is chicken soup, something I cannot live without when I am feeling unwell.  I realized how essential chicken soup was for healing during my last head cold. I had already subjected myself to decongestants and cough syrup, however I finally caved and ate fresh chicken soup, and the relief was immediate. I’ll share my favorite recipe later but I must now remember and promise myself that freshly made chicken soup will always be my starting point.

Hot liquids in general have always soothed me during upper respiratory battles.  Since I am also a big fan of tea I have discovered a few different types of tea to me to help with cough, congestion and boosting immunity. I never thought to try a citrus black tea but I have had the most relief from it! One of my new under-the-weather soothing teas is Limoncello black tea from Sipology by Steeped Tea.

Growing up in a Hispanic household I was also treated to a host of unusual remedies with the goal of ridding us of coughs, stomach bugs, lethargy etc. One of my favorite remedies growing up was recommended to me in high school by a classmate that swore mixing honey and liquefied spoonful of raw onion twice a day would help even the worst bouts of congestion. I particularly felt relief from this, and no matter how gross it seems, the combination seemed to help.

My business neighbor, Anel, who runs a pressed juice/smoothie and natural health goods shop (which is a blessing during such a turbulent cold season) recommended that I try to crush clove of garlic into fresh squeezed lemon juice with a drop or two of honey. She advised that this would help me get rid of my sinus infection (because it is a viral infection it means there are no medicines like antibiotics to speed up the healing). So far I must say that today is the first day I feel somewhat normal, I feel like things are loosening and I don’t feel pressure pain, so I am adding this to my list of go-to remedies!

I would love to chat about your favorite remedies and try a few out! Post in the comments below your tried and true natural remedies!