Doesn’t it sound much better to call something “rustic” and (fancy French) “galettes” than to say they’re kind of freestyle fruit tarts? Oh the power of words. But these galettes have other powers too.
I’m going to talk about something really personal now. Labor. But don’t worry, I won’t go too much into it. The only things you need to know is that my baby was breech, I had a date set for the c-section and I really wanted labor to start a few days beforehand for her sake. To let her choose the moment of birth and to have her prepared instead of just bringing her into this world on our terms. And that’s why during the last few days of my pregnancy I did some really bizarre things.
First of all I tried to convince my body that I was nesting. I may need to clarify this here: I am usually a pretty tidy person (unless it comes to baking) but for those nine months I just couldn’t come up with enough energy and motivation to clean anything at all. And because a lot of women feel the need to get their home ready (read: sparkling and shiny and spotless) just before their little one arrives I wanted to trick my body into believing I was in just that exact place. So I left my beloved spot on the couch and started cleaning, tidying and scrubbing. Sadly bodies aren’t tricked that easily but at least our place looked much better.
Next I tried climbing about 23829 steps at lightning speed. I managed about half before I was so exhausted my 81 year old grandmother overtook me with ease. I may have done something good for the shape of my backside that day but it certainly didn’t help with labor.
And then I made these Ginger Pear Galettes. If there was something I avoided like the plague during pregnancy it was possibly labor inducing foods and spices. Which meant no cinnamon and definitely no ginger. Let me tell you – those galettes have magical powers. I woke up in the middle of the night with irregular contractions but fell back asleep. In the morning I noticed my belly having dropped a significant amount. 24 hours later she was here, safe and sound.