Design*Sponge Feature: In The Kitchen With

Rhubarb Financiers & Coconut Ice Cream  In The Kitchen With


Thanks for the birthday wishes, emails, ecards and presents you sent. You made my day – week – month! It’s been a week full of work which suits me just fine since I don’t really know how to relax and take it easy. Seems like I am playing a game of “Catch me if you can” this summer and you know what? I am loving it. I am loving the work, the pressure and the adventures. I’ve never felt this alive and this happy . Our household depends on it too. It’s not just for the fun ya’ll. Although… hot dang, this much fun on the job should be illegal!

Coconut Ice Cream And Strawberries


What’s even more fun is to do a little feature for the gals of Design*Sponge. Grace and Kristina are always so thorough and dedicated to their craft that it’s always a pleasure to work for them. Kristina asked if I wanted to do something gluten free this time and I had no problem coming up with a few items making the best use of some of my favorite seasonal fruits.

Strawberries & Cream


For some reason we have been hooked on vanilla and coconut ice cream lately and as soon as the first strawberries showed up at the market we started having ice cream and lemon-thyme marinated strawberries almost every other night for dessert. That alone satisfies my better half just fine. I, on the other hand, always desire something else to sink my teeth into so I usually make a quick batch of gluten free shortbread cookies but with my crazy habit to load up on rhubarb at the market, I decided to use some of the poached one I prepared for the panna cotta and tart and use it in financiers.

Local Strawberries


Financiers, or friands in some parts of the world, have to be one of the easiest tea cakes to adapt gluten free and pretty hard to mess up too. And who can resist the addictive smell of browned butter? Obviously not us because these did not last long once all the shots were in the box. Maybe five minutes because we had to drink the ice cream first it was melting so fast?!

Our lemon-thyme and lemon balm plants have been growing wildly and we try our best to include them in most of the foods we eat this Spring. Salads, berries, spring rolls, marinades, etc… and we have been throwing whole stems in homemade lemonade a lot lately for a little extra flavor boost. Lemon thyme is milder than regular thyme and obviously on the citrus-y side which makes it a good substitute, replacement, change from mint. Hope you can give it a try one day!

Rhubarb Financiers


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Comments

40 responses to “Design*Sponge Feature: In The Kitchen With”

  1. Kathleen is Cooking in Mexico Avatar
    Kathleen is Cooking in Mexico

    Gorgeous photographs! I love coconut ice cream. Recently I made coconut extract using home grown coconuts. When I strained the extract, the remaining shredded coconut (vodka infused) went into the next batch of ice cream. What a treat!

  2. El Avatar
    El

    Again, Happy Birthday. So glad you had a great birthday week. The post here and on Design Sponge is gorgeous. Congrats!

  3. Gosia Avatar
    Gosia

    Mouth watering pictures. Also, anything strawberry rhubarb in the combination gets my attention, as is the cake stand you're showing. Where would I be able to get this beauty? Please share.

  4. Carrie Avatar
    Carrie

    I haven't been able to get any lemon thyme yet this season but I absolutely love it in chicken noodle soup!

  5. Paula Avatar
    Paula

    I absolutely love your photos! I can look at them all the time!

  6. Kitchen Victim Avatar
    Kitchen Victim

    C'est toujours aussi beau que bon par ici !!!

    Elodie

  7. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    This is delightful!

  8. Sticky Penguin Avatar
    Sticky Penguin

    So many more delicious photos … Always an inspiration to get back in the kitchen! Also, I just *love * the floral print spoons – would you please share where you got them?

  9. Tickled Red Avatar
    Tickled Red

    As usual your photos are stunning. Thanks though for some new ideas about how best to utilize my Lemon Thyme. I can't wait to give them a try.

  10. meandering pearl Avatar
    meandering pearl

    im always inspired when i visit here!!! loveliest wishes

  11. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    The argyle ice cream cups are adorable – where would one acquire those?

  12. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Oh wow, I had no idea they were paper. I originally thought they might be, but then remembered I had seen many cups with the rolled rim that were ceramic. Thanks!

  13. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    The post here is fantastic and on Design Sponge too.
    Congratulations!!!

  14. Joy Avatar
    Joy

    I love the cake. It looks so good!

  15. amylouwhosews Avatar
    amylouwhosews

    Looks delicious and delightful!!

    but what I want to know is where do you get those floral spoons?? So cute!

  16. gail Avatar
    gail

    Wow, I love the light airiness of the photos. Gorgeous!

  17. steph- whisk/spoon Avatar
    steph- whisk/spoon

    i am a design*sponge addict, and i love their gorgeous recipe features! rhubarb financiers–yum–i'm on it!

  18. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    Amylouwho: they are from a company in Denmark called Green Gate. My mom sent them to me a couple of years ago.

  19. alexis Avatar
    alexis

    mmm these tea cakes look delicious. I'm tempted to serve them with white tea steeped with fresh strawberries.

  20. Mark @ Cafe Campana Avatar
    Mark @ Cafe Campana

    Great selection of cakes. They all look so good.

  21. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    my fiancee and i just made a batch of toasted coconut ice cream from david lebowitz's cookbook. it's insanely addictive. i baked some oversized chewy amaretti cookies to make ice cream sandwiches, and i think we've found our desert island dessert. wow. your spread looks amazing. do you cater [or decorate] weddings?

    cheers,

    *heather*

  22. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    Hi…

    Although I've read your blog since a year ago, I have always loved it, absolutely loved it! As a matter of fact, your blog was the first that made me exclaimed: "WOW" and it has opened me to fun, passion, joy, peace, etc. in ways that I have never discovered before! Ever since then, I have discovered the food blog world and loved it ever since. I have not yet created a blog of my own, but maybe I'll find enough courage to do so, one of these days!

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  23. Patricia @ ButterYum Avatar
    Patricia @ ButterYum

    I just drool over all of your pics! I have to ask, where in the world did you find those adorable financier pans?

    ๐Ÿ™‚
    ButterYum

  24. mel Avatar
    mel

    strawberry season is here! love it!

  25. Linda Avatar
    Linda

    Where are you lovely little spoons from. I have admired many of the ones you use. I love them all.

  26. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    squirrelbread: unfortunately, I can't out of my home kitchen and I don't have time right now but I appreciate your asking!

    Linda: they are a from company in Denmark called Green Gate.

  27. Madeleine Avatar
    Madeleine

    You are officially super woman in my book — I don't know how you do it! Any tips on where to get those adorable glass bowls for ice cream? I think I eat enough ice cream that I can justify buying bowls for just that purpose. :o)

  28. Helene Avatar
    Helene

    Madeleine: thank you but I am so not superwoman. Having a husband who *loves* to clean is quite helpful. Although he hates to cook!
    Anyways. The bowls: these were cheap from World Market but I also saw them at Pier 1. They are labeled under "trifle bowls" as they mimic the shape of the big trifle bowls.

  29. marla {family fresh cooking} Avatar
    marla {family fresh cooking}

    Helen, i love your passion and enthusiasm! Isn't it great to love your job so much that you can wake up and face each day with a grin. I feel the same way!
    I have never knowingly tried Lemon Thyme, sounds wonderful! Nice tea cakes…I will check 'em out at DS.

  30. kitchen tables Avatar
    kitchen tables

    The strawberries looked so fabulous! You did a great job on the photos, too!

  31. Bimmer Avatar
    Bimmer

    I love your photos as usual!

    Those cupcake liners look great!

  32. Cookin' Canuck Avatar
    Cookin' Canuck

    Lemon thyme strawberries! What a treat those must be! Your photos are lovely, as usual.

  33. RecipeGirl Avatar
    RecipeGirl

    Oh pith, I missed the buzz that it was your birthday. Happy belated ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm with you… work is piling up and a bit stressful, but I love every minute of it. How can we not enjoy every minute of being in this sort of business!?

    Your strawberry creations are beautiful. Strawberries sure are a decent subject to photograph… you capture their beauty fabulously!

  34. Madeleine Avatar
    Madeleine

    Thanks for the tip! If only I could start a dating service with men who like to clean, I'd be rolling in dough instead of just rolling dough! ;o)

  35. Lindsey @ pickyeatings Avatar
    Lindsey @ pickyeatings

    LOVE your food, and also love Design Sponge, so that's two favorite things together!

  36. Radu Prisacaru Avatar
    Radu Prisacaru

    Fantastic blog. Keep on rockin, Radu Prisacaru โ€“ UK Internet Marketer & Web Developer

  37. Brooke Avatar
    Brooke

    Gorgeous photos that make me want to run to my kitchen and use up all my Gaviota strawberries. Your pictures and recipes are such a great inspiration! Thanks.

  38. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    I always enter your blog knowing I'm going to see some fantastic recipes & photos. I love the way you take a picture, I only wish I had that talent. Thank you for the enjoyment I get from your blog.

  39. amish furniture Avatar
    amish furniture

    OH YUM!!

  40. mariyacakehouse Avatar
    mariyacakehouse

    hi,

    your pictures were very stunning ! keep up the good work…

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