I hope you are spending a little bit of your weekend preparing a list of questions for me. I’m looking forward to reading them.
Here, it is Twelfth Night, the twelfth night after Christmas, when all the Christmas decorations must be taken down and put away. There are some ancient traditions for Twelfth Night. One of them is burning holly and ivy. Another – one which I like more – is eating Twelfth Night cake.
Twelfth Night cake is made to a Medieval recipe using sultanas, dried fruit, fruit peel, almonds, marzipan, sugar, butter, eggs and wheat flour. I am quite a good cook (well, not bad, anyway), but I don’t bake. So Lucy and I bought a small Twelfth Night cake, which we opened and ate with strong coffee this morning.
The tradition is that a small bean was hidden inside the Twelfth Night Cake mixture. Whoever found the bean when the cake was baked and served became The Bean King for a day of dancing, singing, eating and drinking. The cake Lucy and I bought had a small chocolate bean wrapped in silver paper, and a cardboard crown around the cake. She got the chocolate bean, of course. I got the cardboard crown. Great, eh?. I’m afraid there was no singing or dancing in our house this morning either, but Lucy is going to a party tonight so I’m sure she’ll do all the dancing and singing and eating and drinking she needs.
Have a good day!
With very best wishes,
SOME USEFUL WORDS
a small evergreen tree, with prickly leaves and red berries, which is used as decoration in Britain at Christmas
a plant which grows up walls and trees
from a time, in European history, between the end of the Roman Empire (476 AD) and the beginning of the Renaissance (1500 AD)
a list of ingredients and a set of instructions telling you how to cook something
Lucy has already eaten the chocolate
‘bean’, and I refuse to be photographed
wearing a cardboard crown!
Find translations in a good dictionary for each of these ingredients:
If you have time, use a good dictionary to help you understand the differences between these verbs:
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