French Word A Week - Pamplemousse & A Giveaway

March 26, 2010

Grapefruit

Planning this edition of French Word a Week was a complete "house" collaboration this time around. My dad picked the word, my mom got tickled pink when I got her involved into styling the picture. What did B. do? What he does best: ate the props! A little family project is always a fun when there is French and English simultaneously flying around. I just watch and take it all in.

I admit I drew a blank when picking this week's word (too many options I guess) until I stripped it down to the bare essential of something we see or eat daily. It has to be grapefruit for us. My dad eats half a grapefruit daily, B. drinks a glass every morning and I nosh on grapefruit sections in the afternoon for a little vitamin pick-me-up. Mom? She buys them. By the crate. Especially when we are all together!

Grapefruit

Today's word, pamplemousse, makes me think of plump, ample, soft, sunshine. It's one of those words I love to hear B. say outloud. It makes me giggle. You can listen to the pronunciation here.

Thanks to my mom I recently discovered the artist Catherine Martini who dedicates her work to painting all sorts of sweet things. I love the burst of colors, the shapes and subjects she choses to illustrate. Visiting her site always brings in some sunshine in the house. I wanted to share her work with you and thought a giveaway would be fun.

Catherine Martini's Card Set

But...it's not all. I am throwing in a copy of "Unforgettable Desserts" by Dede Wilson which contains 140 thorough recipes for desserts you can make all year round. The handful of recipes I made from it were a hit with everyone so I am confident you will find something tasty in it also.

To enter to receive a set of 3 cards from Catherine Martini and "Unforgettable Desserts": leave a comment on this post (one entry per person) between Friday March 26th 2010 and Monday March 29th, 11pm (US Eastern time). Anyone can enter, I'll ship worldwide.

We will be out of town this weekend and since I moderate the comments manually, bear with me if you don't see yours appear right away.

Have a great weekend!

528 comments:

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Santie and Athina said...

I love your blog! Your photos are amazing!!

Cami F said...

Love it!! I love hearing anything in French. It is just so flowy and soft a language.

Tracey said...

What a fun word!

Anonymous said...

Enjoying the French word a week! You have such a sweet blog! Rynda

Now This Is Life... said...

I am in love with the macaron painting! I have recently discovered macarons and I think I am becoming obsessed. Haha. I would love to be included in this giveaway! Thanks!!!

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Heather Bracy

tj said...

As a kid I used to call grapefruit soda, pamplemousse because I thought that was the actual english word :).
That recipe book looks amazing!

tzvi meir and ayala said...

gorgeous cards! would love to have them in my house!

Mikaela said...

Here's a fun fact: accoring to wikianswers,
grapefruit got it's name from "John Lunan, a botanist, who gave it that name in 1814 because the fruits grow in "grape-like" clusters."

Landliebe said...

oh i'd love to have these cards.


i just always LOVE your photos, btw :)

Tiffany Rieder said...

When I was a child we slathered our grape fruit halves with white sugar! Now we just like them straigh up. I wonder if they have gotten sweeter or if our palates are just more sophisticated?

Melange a Trois said...

I love the word, and in St. Barths, they are really big on pamplemousse and vodka... There is also a really cute store in Carmel, CA boasting the same name. As always- your pictures are stunning!

astheroshe said...

Very cooooooooool!

Amanda said...

Thank you for the french lesson, and for the beautiful images. The word itself makes me thing of a very happy, pampered mouse!

Nam (The Culinary Chronicles) said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for the contest!

What Deliciousness said...

I love your choice of pampelmousse. It sounds like the name of an exotic pet or glamorous shoes! Luckily I am also a big ruby grapefruit fan.

Andrea said...

Those cards are so adorable. I love them.

Boutet said...

I love grapefruit! It's also one of the very few french words I know :)

Ronda said...

Beautiful blog, and beautiful cards!
XOXO

kristy said...

Beautiful!

I'm not normally a fan of grapefruit, but those colours are delicious!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I used to eat at a restaurant named pamplemouse in Chicago. Always loved that name.

Jessica said...

Love the pronunciation! I once tried to learn french and it didn't go that well, still I would like to try again! Thnx for sharing such beautiful pictures and delicious recipes!

Jessica said...

Love the pronunciation! I once tried to learn french and it didn't go that well, still I would like to try again! Thnx for sharing such beautiful pictures and delicious recipes!

Kim said...

I've only just discovered your site and I love the photography, the descriptions, the colors. I could go on. I also think it's a wonderful way to learn new words in different languages. Food is a common denominator. The cards are wonderful. Thanks,

Bic said...

What a great giveaway. Would love to try those recipes.

Apria said...

Thanks for sharing.. the cards are beautiful.

klortz said...

I just found your blog thru Bakerella. Greats posts. I look forward to reading more!

juliana said...

lovely pictures as always!
i also enjoy your story very much!
of course, i love the painting of the macarons! i already made your recipe several times and is perfect!(http://horneandoalgo.blogspot.com/2010/03/cuando-quedan-claras-macarons.html)
thanks!

amber said...

pamplemousse...
i remember when i first learned this word in french class, i laughed!
i don't know why, but the word sounds really funny, and i remembered it right away~

0.0 said...

pamplemousse is my favorite french word!

Le Reve Cakes said...

Love to visit your blog and your photo is beautiful. Thanks for hosting the Giveaway, hope I have the luck to win one from Hong Kong. 

Amanda said...

What a fun blog!

dlew said...

great work with the pictures

Alicia said...

Oooo I love grapefruit and I eat them as often as I can!

Egle said...

I started to like grapefruit recently, after realizing they are much sweeter in Japan, than where I come from... thank you for a chance of a giveaway! Your blog is so lovely.

Neena said...

I love the crochet macaroon on Catherine's website...great inspiration both u and Catherine are to the world of cuisine. I think i'm falling in love with everything French..down in Australia

Shayela said...

how dreadful that I'm forty five minutes too late...looks like fun though!

raych said...

'Pamplemousse' is the only French word my brother knows, despite 5 years of high school French.

Mel said...

Heeeey, I ate pamplemousse for breakfast for 2 years religiously, I couldn't bear waking up and not having one. I eat other things now, but i still remember how much I appreciated having put them in the fridge the night before, cold, juicy, bittersweet. Hugs, Helen!

material girl said...

i love grapfruit sorbet and grapefruit tarts. yummy! and also grapefruit and vodka... haha.

i will have to make use of this work to make my recipes sound fancier.

Bertha said...

Beautiful photograph as usual! I don't eat or deal with grapefruit often, I guess now I'm intrigued to try more :)

berry lovely said...

Those cards are really beautiful, as are your pamplemousse photographs. Almost the same word as in German, where we say Pampelmuse.

holly said...

i love love LOVE grapefruit!!!

Lotus said...

I eat grapefruit because it supposedly helps you to lose weigth haha :) anyhow, the cards are stunning! and i would really love to get on hands on the dessert book...yum!!

kim said...

Ha, it is nearly the same in Dutch - Pompelmoes. I think Pineapple would be a great follow up word :)

Galinha Maria said...

So, here I am, from Portugal laving my commente ;)

Anna B. said...

Pamplemousse... the word sounds like a gorgeous dessert. I also very much like the italian word for grapefruit - pompelmo. And spremuta di pompelmo is a "phrase" that make me happy :-)

鈦鍺達人 said...

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The Glamourous Grad Student said...

Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

Rhonda said...

Such a fun word and your pictures of the peel are great. And thanks for another site for me to drool over.

NikiTheo said...

Those are some gorgeous paintings!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Patrice said...

I just recently found your blog, and I love it. I especially love your French word a week posts. Pamplemousse is such a fun word, and I listened to the pronunciation a few times.

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Mica said...

This was one of the hardest words to learn while I was studying French, because it is in no way related to how to say grapefruit in English or Spanish (pomelo), so it was hard to remember. But I love that it makes me think of purple mousse!

dinazad said...

Lovely pictures indeed - they made me realize I need to buy a grapefruit (or several. or a crateful) immediately!

Miranda said...

Those cards look so yummy!

Laurence said...

I love "pamplemousse", but I think I love the word more than the fruit. It is one of my favorite word in French and I believe the sounds are describing the texture and the pulp so well...

Anonymous said...

Love the cards and your blog!
Christy Rose

jelena said...

Always fun to read your posts :) The cards are so happy as happy can be

Anonymous said...

Quelle bonne choix! Pamplemousse was my very favorite word when I began learning French, followed by pneu and corbeille. :)

Sunshine said...

That macaron piture is to die for! Absolutely darling! I'm also loving your French word of the week.

The People's Kitchen said...

Yum... grapefruit!!! That word is cute. even sounds more grapefruity... Thanks for your recipes.

Sarah said...

Mmm, j'aime bien les pamplemousse:) How fun that one fruit can become a family activity!

Sunshinemom said...

Great idea with the French word introductions! I am glad you gave the pronunciation link. After 'internet era' I realized I pronounced so many European words incorrectly. Beautiful pictures and paintings too!

Cheryl said...

Pamplemousse sounds so cute! :) Have been watching this site for quite awhile now, but this is the first time I've ever commented. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and recipes! My family eats lots of grapefruits too, it's a common fruit here in sunny Singapore.

Naomi Alice said...

Et c'est partie avec pamplemousse!!
Tonight I'm gonna have some fun teaching this word to my hubby :)
Love your work, the colors, delicious recipes, the beautiful cards, even the sound of it.. OOH what a beautiful way to start my day today. THank you for the chance :)

Baci baci
Naomi :)
www.naomialice.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Oh yum...even the cards are making me hungry! By the way, your word of the day is great!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I will never forget when I first fell in love with the word Pamplemousse......I had a delicious smelling facial moisturizer from the Yonka skin care line & it had Pamplemousse in the name. Loved that stuff!

Fun photo with the devoured grapefruit rind leftovers!
xo

Mollie said...

Beautiful cards! And I agree - pamplemousse is one of the BEST French words ever!

Timeeka said...

I love the word pamplemousse. It reminds me of all that time spent goofing off in French class. Those prints are gorgeous!

Megan said...

Thanks for alerting me to this artist. She reminds me of Wayne Thiebaud in her choice of subject. :)

sarah said...

I love your pictures. They are so real. I would love to eat a grapefruit but can't as citrus makes my mouth and throat sore. I do love all of them and do suffer once in a while for that great taste. I really enjoy your blog.

Jennifer N. said...

I always loved the word pamplemousse when I studied French in high school and college. I thought it sounded much better than "grapefruit".

Rachelle said...

Grapefruit sounds so much more fun in French! I love using grapefruit in desserts... salads too! I agree those pictures are so adorable and colorful, and would look beautiful hanging in any kitchen.

Margaret Wang said...

Pamplemousse is one of my favorite French words! :)

Amy said...

Those cards are adorable!

yardsailor said...

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway, desserts are my #1 favorite!

Pamela said...

Mmm! I love grapefruit :) And my mom would certainly buy them by the crate, too!

Betsy said...

seriously delish! I love your blog and I would love that cookbook!

LittleWit said...

I am loving this French Word of the Week series. :)

RockerJewlz said...

I can taste those macarones! Thanks for the chance and wanting to share this goodness.

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely word!

Ohiofarmgirl said...

i just love the word pamplemousse! i love to say it. in fact, i think i'm going to name one of the chicks from the next clutch "Pamplemousse" just so i can yell it across the barnyard.

thanks for the lovely pix
:-)

A. Turner Designs said...

i love her artwork! it's lovely!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

The cards look lovely, as do your photos....Enjoy your time away

amy said...

i love pamplemousse!

delicious paintings - they are making me hungry!

Andrew's Mom said...

This would cheer me up!

Lisa Smiley said...

Used to hate grapefruit, but just had some in a salad and it was great! love your site!

Tartelette said...

Isabelle: it's not me speaking the word out loud. I am not sure I understand your question about potimarron though.

K said...

I can't personally handle the bitterness of a raw grapefruit by itself, but your photos sure make them look tasty, like eating a bite of summer/spring.

I gotta agree with soft coeur, the fact that you can download the pronunciation of pamplemousse amuses me greatly

Cynthia said...

Pamplemousse is my favorite French word :) And the pictures are beautiful!

Aileen said...

Your Photography is gorgeous! And the next thing on my project list is... macroons. :) Loved the colorful picture of it.

Karolina said...

Love your work.
K.

Angela said...

Your photographs are so beautiful.

Louise said...

Grapefruit translates to pamplemousse, a word which I already knew. I will keep an eye out for more of your french words which may be new to me.
When I think of pamplemouse, I think of our dessert chocolate fondues, with three seperate types of chocolate (dark, milk and white). Pink grapefruit dipped in white chocolate is the surprise taste combination that contrasts with the other choices and is a favorite.
Bon appetit!

chibiume said...

I've loved the word "pamplemousse" since I learned it in 8th grade French class -- it just sounds so much more sunny and luxurious than "grapefruit"!

Kayla said...

Pamplemousse! One of my faves, too! I'd love to win this cookbook for my friend Debbie, who is a far better baker than I am, but who invites me over to eat the treats that she whips up. So this would be kind of a win-win situation. Thanks!

Joyeaux said...

I love grapefruit! (pamplemousse) I cannot wait to make grapefruit sorbet!

Kat said...

I love pamplemousse, and the contest looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

I love grapefruits and my new favorite is the Pummello variety. Yummy!!! Thanks Teresa Danielson

TBC said...

I'm hoping that I win the lovely book!

Thank you.

Brenda said...

What beautiful artwork! And, so colorful, you can't help but smile and feel happy looking at them. And, I think I might just have to buy some grapefruit this weekend. I haven't had one in ages, I love them warmed up with brown sugar sprinkled on top. Thank you for the giveaway.

the mozas said...

cute cards! I always love hearing my husband say words in his first language too!

Jet said...

I love this word of the week - so fun and educational! :)

Muglinka said...

Pamplemousse was my French name in high school French class. I liked the sound of it. and still do!

Karl Casey said...

This is my first time on your site and it is sensational. Terrific recipes and outstanding photography and layout, can not wait to start using recipes!

Cynthia W. said...

I love grapefruit and would love that terrific cookbook. Thanks for sharing!

a.o. said...

Those paintings look so well colored and overall pleasing to the eyes!

I would love to win the cookbook! :)

Di said...

Love those paintings... Wish I could win this! :)

Esmeralda said...

I love your word of the week post! And the pictures look fantastic as always.

Lan Dien said...

Gorgeous cards! I think they'd make me hungry if I hung them up like that though!

Cakelaw said...

Catherine's artwork is devine!

The Duo Dishes said...

A friend's nickname is pamplemousse, but it has a dirty background. :)

Sirocco said...

Wow, Catherine Martini's works are so utterly beautiful and colourful! I love The Body Shop's grapefruit range. Such a fresh and clean flavour.

Jayne said...

Pamplemousse makes me giggle too! Sounds like some rich chocolatey dessert. LOL!

Oh, we love grapefruit here too. But we have it so rarely because my family here doesn't like the slight bitterness it has. I like it simply with a sprinkle of salt. I've tried it with honey but it just didn't cut it. Salt (loads of it) works best! :-)

Love,
Jayne

Spicy Green Mango said...

Such beautiful photos of the grapefruit. This is amazing! I love, LOVE your blog and all your gorgeous photos!

Amparo said...

I didn't know Catherine Mrtini and now I love her work... tahnks!!!

Anonymous said...

oh combien ces cartolines sont jolies.... et d'ailleurs tout le blog !
Belle journe :)
corinne

Anita said...

I always liked the idea of grapefruit but could never really get into them.

Coloribus said...

the colors are very appetizing! I like very much the colors of the grapefruits.

Ann said...

Oh man, I wish I'd had a chance to post yesterday but I wanted to share even though I'm out of the running for the giveaway. I took 5 years of French in middle school and high school so basically... I can't speak French but I do remember a good amount of vocabulary. Pamplemousse has been my favorite French word, maybe even my favorite of any language (although the Italian word for postage stamp, francobollo, is pretty high on the list). I love it so much that back in the late 90s heyday of AOL instant messenger, my screen name was pamplemousse. It's odd since I'm not much of a grapefruit fan but I always thought that the sound of the word perfectly described the rotundness and weight of the fruit. I feel like that's a quality of some words that the English language lacks most of the time. Some other French words that I think sound like what they describe: pomme, poisson, gâteau, pêche, chaussettes, chanson...
But maybe I'm just oddly obsessed with the sound of the French language.

Icing Bliss said...

I love grapefruit, especially with vodka! Such a versatile ingredient. Thanks for sharing the French word with us and for the amazing competition.

natwhat said...

Those paintings are beautiful!! :)

sprite said...

I'd have to include these cards with care packages because sent alone they would induce fits of despair about a lack of food in the recipient's house!

Barb-OK said...

I love grapefruit cut in half and broiled with brown sugar on top. That is how we had them for breakfast when I was growing up. The sugar gets crusty. The grapefruit is warm. Put a marachino cherry in the center and serve. Kids love it when they wouldn't other wise eat the tart fruit.
Sorry I missed a chance at the give away

bubblebaths said...

Oh dear, I'm too late! ): Easter Sunday in Singapore is on 4th April and today's the 30th. I wish I was ealier! Thanks for the activity still..

GrapeSugar said...

Pamplemousse ice cream at Berthillon in Paris...took my Aunt forever to figure out what it was :) When my husband and I went a few months later, we were well informed!

Amber2Zoe said...

I love the word pamplemousse. Our favorite saying in French class was "Fumez-vous le pamplemousse?", not because it meant anything but because we thought it was funny (we were sophomores after all).

Melissa Zhang said...

What a fun word! And I've always wanted to do something with my love of sweets and my art BG, so her story is quite an inspiration.

Catherine MARTINI said...

Hi ! I just discover your web site. It's beautiful, your recipes and your photos are succulents. And I'm happy to see you appreciate my cards of sweets.
Thanks to speak about my paintings.
I just regret I don't speak English very well, it will be better for me to discover your site.
Friendly
Catherine Martini
I've also a blog, not only on sweet... lol :
http://lapetiteboutiquedesgourmandises.blogs.marieclaireidees.com/

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