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French Word A Week: Abricot

First Apricots

I have to say that I am quite relieved not to have to record the French Word A Week this go around. I could not even if I desperately wanted to. I have absolutely no voice. Zip. Zero. Nada. There is a strange mix of air and shattering of vocal cords everytime I try to talk. So I don’t. Allergies have the talent of attacking my vocal cords. No runny nose, watery eyes or cough. Just zipping the wind from under my wings, my vocal cords. It’s always like that isn’t it? When you are swamped with work, your health gives you some lip. That’s ok.

So yes, I am very glad I did not have to record the word "Abricot" (click on hot link to hear)for you to pronounce or listen to this week. But I surely have enjoyed the first ones we have gotten from our friends. I love apricots. In financiers, tea cakes, cookies, panna cotta, just to name a few. I miss the apricot tree we had in Apt and the one we had in Calas (near Aix) two villages where I grew up.

It took every bit of me not to eat them all in one sitting and to free some time to bake with them. I made (and we devoured) my grandmother’s Tarte Aux Abricots. I promise to share it with you next week.

When I say "free some time", I am not kidding but it’s all good. Work is good. Work allows me to go play, ahaha! Carrie’s cookbook is in the final stages of lay out and editing before being sent to the printer and her publisher requested more pictures to make it spiffy gorgeous. I jumped out loud (in my head since I can’t speak) "oui oui! Right away". I love Carrie’s recipes so that was a no brainer and the feedback from reputable people in the know is already more than positive. I am nervous. And happy. And stoked. (Release date is September ya’ll – send the Xanax my way!).

Now if you excuse me, my "boss" (and soon to be co-author) needs a chocolate cookie picture and Bill said he’ll help carry them upstairs to the studio. How many will disappear between the kitchen and the work table?

Will there be any apricot recipe in our dessert cookbook? You can bet on it even if I have to tackle Carrie down. Well maybe not, she’s way taller than me, ahah!

Have a great weekend!

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 21, 2010 um 11:11 pm

A word I actually know! 🙂

K and S May 21, 2010 um 11:55 pm

hope you get your voice back soon 🙂

m May 22, 2010 um 12:26 am

I hope your voice comes back soon!!

Deliciously Organic May 22, 2010 um 12:33 am

You are too funny! Thanks again for jumping in at the last minute!! 🙂 I'm glad we can laugh about all of this together!

Fresh Local and Best May 22, 2010 um 12:56 am

That is a beautiful picture of abricots.

marla {family fresh cooking} May 22, 2010 um 1:40 am

I am so thrilled to say that I know both you and Carrie. I love being around creative, fun loving people and that is exactly what you both are! I can't wait to see Carrie's book in September, and of course your follow up dessert book. You both are such a dynamic team. Its is awesome to get a peek inside your studio. Girl, I need to start using a tripod. Hopefully in Boulder I will move to the next level!! xxoo

Kate at Serendipity May 22, 2010 um 6:53 am

Me too! I lost my voice just before we went to Italy, and it's still not all the way back. I kind of croak in my classes. Charming…

Your fruits are so much earlier than ours here. I'm jealous of your apricots. Enjoy!

Dawn May 22, 2010 um 7:04 am

I love apricots, too. In Switzerland, were I live, the Valais region has the most delicious, incredibly tasty apricots, and if I make confiture out of them, it's like sunshine in a glass all year round!
Thanks for the inspiration. We are actually going to Callas, France (about one hour from Aix, in the Var) next week, your post made me want to go tout-de-suite!

Paula May 22, 2010 um 9:17 am

oh, I absolutely love apricot! but I`ve never eat apricot in another way than just solo 🙂

bunkycooks May 22, 2010 um 12:43 pm

Good luck with all of your projects and I hope that your voice returns soon!

Anonymous May 22, 2010 um 1:12 pm

I am sorry!! I hope your voice comes back as soon as possible.
I love apricots, great fruit.

La cuisine des 3 soeurs May 22, 2010 um 2:45 pm

Déjà des abricots, je t'envie ces fruits gorgés de soleil. J'ai un souvenir épique d'abricots bergerons, goûteux au possible, destinés à une tarte. De tarte, il n'y eu point, ma fille les a tous mangés au prétexte que c'était dommage de les faire cuire. Depuis, je me méfie !

adge May 22, 2010 um 3:46 pm

Take a few sips of Apple cider Vinegar a day. That will help with allergies… or at least it does for me.

Patricia Scarpin May 23, 2010 um 2:08 pm

Hey, beautiful, I hope you get better soon!

Rosa May 23, 2010 um 10:14 pm

Simply fantastic!!!!! Thank you for the lovely photos.

Unknown May 24, 2010 um 11:46 am

hi helene,love your blog and your beautiful photos!
I have a question: I treid baking éclair's and they looked beautiful when they came out of the oven, but then I turned them over- I saw that instead of puffing on the inside, they puffed under – and were dome shaped.
Any idea why?

Salsa Verde June 15, 2010 um 5:50 pm

Amazing recipes and fantastic website. I loved it and I'll be back for inspiration!!

Anonymous September 26, 2010 um 2:32 am

I'm very thrilled you said that post!


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