Poisson d’Avril

Poisson d’Avril

So in France today, we would be doing things with Le Poisson d’Avril.

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Which, you guessed it, is a variant of April Fool’s Day. But with fish. (The theory is the fish were, at the origin, very nice gifts to give each other in the middle of Lent that way. Also, did you KNOW, as I just learned in my Google searching, that this all started when Charles IX changed the start of the New Year from April 1st, to January 1? That’s one idea, anyway.)

Except the French, being very smart, smart enough to make snails taste good, quickly realized that this old now fake New Year was NOT just a good day for fish or jokes, it was ALSO another day people should be giving each other chocolate.

Don’t you just love the French?

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6 Comments
  • So Charles IX is the one responsible for making the new year begin on Jan. 1st?? Man, I wish I could go back in time and whomp him upside the head because that’s just soSO wrong when the new year obviously SHOULD begin when Spring begins!

    Either way, chocolate fish are always a good idea. 🙂

    April 1, 2007 at 12:04 pm
  • Chocolate fish? What will they think of next?! Although I do believe there is a turtle and quite possibly a shrimp in that top picture. Both are perfectly acceptable for eating around here, so they are more than welcome to swim with the fishies in my tummy!

    April 1, 2007 at 1:01 pm
  • Could you maybe set up an email alert system so we could be notified a few days before these chocolate-giving occasions? That way I could tell Husband, “Hey, honey, don’t forget to give me chocolate fish [witches, whatever] on Sunday!” Because otherwise I just come to check out your blog and see that I’m too late to request chocolate fish, and they look really, really yummy. Did they come in some sort of edible chocolate casing? It looks like you broke something chocolate open to get to the fish.

    April 1, 2007 at 4:57 pm
  • I’m with Deb, how are you supposed to keep a resolution in the dead of winter. Whereas cheerful weather makes me feel all kinds of virtuous and ready to exercise and eat better. But not give up chocolate. That’s just crazy talk.

    So, um, I read the book, but truthfully, it doesn’t really explain why you don’t live in France, when you could. I’d live in France if I could.

    April 1, 2007 at 5:28 pm
  • It’s been years since I had chocolate fish! I thought about trying to order some this year.

    Yours are adorable!

    April 2, 2007 at 10:08 pm
  • Oh, dear. I see I should have made a photo disclaimer. These are from Jeff de Bruges and another chocolatier in France. I did not take these lovely photos. I am photo-incompetent. That also means, alas, that I did not eat this lovely fish. We will consider THAT my own personal Poisson d’Avril against myself.

    Alala, it is complicated. I defer all these questions to Sébastien. He’s a strong proponent of not moving yet. I am a strong proponent of living a year in a different country every year of my life. Perhaps that makes his urge to stay here for a while a good anchor?

    Amy, the email alert system is Another Good Idea. Because I could do the SAME one for Sébastien, and that way, maybe lots more chocolate.

    EVERYthing chocolate is a good idea, Deb! I see we think alike.

    I love the shrimp the best, Michelle! I had a favorite chocolatier in Paris that makes gorgeous shrimp, but unfortunately never thought to take a picture of them the last time I had them. He gave me one in his shop, just to be nice, the first time I went there, and I ate it up.

    April 3, 2007 at 10:38 am

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