Traditionally in Poland, your name’s day has been more of a celebration than your birthday. I can hear my American readers wondering, “What is a name’s day, and how do I get in on this?” As it was explained to my husband when he arrived, only your family celebrates your birthday, but everyone you know will help you celebrate your name’s day, often with gifts of sweets or flowers.
In this predominantly Catholic country, most people are named after a saint. The day associated with that saint’s feast is your name’s day. Today is my husband’s name’s day – Edward = 13 October.
|Coffee macarons with white chocolate coffee ganache|
Most of the guys in his office bring in a cake their wife has made on their name’s day – much like I used to send cupcakes to school on our daughter’s birthdays. I love to bake cakes, but I have recently received a new cookbook. It is the ultimate authority on french macarons, and it has just come out in English. I was eager to try out the this technique, and the coffee flavor seemed like one of the most straight forward. They turned out well, but I do have room for improvement. It’s going to take practice, lots of practice. The plate was empty within a few minutes, so hopefully, or friends won’t mind serving as tasters while I perfect my craft.
PS- sadly, there is no name’s day for Lois. 🙁