Celebrating "Annes"

The book A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year has an entry for yesterday’s feast, the feast of St Anne and of St Joachim, parents of Mary, Our Lady. The book quotes an old proverb ~ All Annes are beautiful!

And mentions that in Europe, it was customary to celebrate “all Annes”, all pretty girls, all young girls, all daughters, on this day.

My middle name is Ann ( without the e)…

In both France and French Canada what would commonly be served on this occasion is a fruit tart. From the book above..

I made the French Apple Tart from the cookbook. Started it at 6.30 pm, after a Sunday afternoon of Kumon reports, and while watching Merlin on television.

And, hey, our fruit tart for St Anne, and for St Joachim, was eaten while watching Mamma Mia ( and while I was crying during a sad, moving scene, the scene where Meryl Streep sings the Abba song The Winner Takes It All!).

I don’t want to talk
Cos it makes me feel sad
From the movie Mamma Mia – The Winner Takes It All

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