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French Word A Week: Glace A La Vanille


I’m always fascinated to see how events, things and people come together sometimes. I remember when I was still working in a restaurant kitchen that I could spend one night plating nothing but fancy chocolate cake adorned with pretty caramel twirls and the next the only thing people wanted was two scoops of sorbet. What bug was whispering the same thing to their ears the whole time? How could a dozen people at once get the same fancy for chocolate cake or ice cream?

Ever wondered why in one day or one week a lot of the same thing surfaces over and over again?

Here it was ice cream this week. Lots of it. For us, for work, for fun. It made me realize that some of you might be visiting France in the summer and what better words to learn than "Vanilla Ice Cream"? You never know…

So here it is: Glace a la vanille!

One evening my dear and lovely gave me his best smile (the one I can’t say not to) and asked "have you ever thought of making gluten free ice cream sandwiches?" "Hmmm…yes," I said "the thought occured to me. And your point is?". Once again, he gave me the grin and I acquiesced."Alright, alright….I give up. Ice cream sandwiches coming right up".

It really helps that I am up for any sort of sweet concocting and experimenting in the kitchen…Ahah!

The ice cream sandwiches in the picture above are from a feature with a retro theme I did this week. I was handed a plate of ice cream sandwiches made by one of the chefs on staff and they were good, or so I hear. I then proceeded to a gluten free version once home, down to the dotted look, (fooled B!) which I will post next week.

Have a great weekend!

P.S: Lots of you asked where I got the green cups in the previous post (Anthropologie – I also have the brown set which I love) which made think of posting my sources whenever I can remember (some are old – some are new -some are from antique stores – some are from home).

Flower bud vase: Wal-Mart
Mini cake stand : Sur La Table
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Anonymous April 16, 2010 um 9:59 pm

Great photo!!!
The ice cream sandwich seems delicious.
I'll follow your next post for the gluten free version.

m April 16, 2010 um 10:48 pm

Oh I love this picture! Retro, yes, but with a modern twist for sure! Now I want ice cream…excuse me, glace a la vanille!

Rachael Hutchings April 16, 2010 um 11:23 pm

That's it. I'm hopping on a plane RIGHT NOW. Hope you're ready for me when I get there. Must have an ice cream sandwich NOW. Drool. XOXO

DesertNana April 17, 2010 um 12:28 am

being a newly gluten free mama nana dragging both heels the entire way, your yummy and beautiful ice cream sandwiches have made my tummy and eyes very happy!
I look forward to the GF version!
With Gratitude,

Katie April 17, 2010 um 12:42 am

I love ice-cream sandwiches, they are such a nice treat on a hot afternoon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa Avant April 17, 2010 um 1:09 am

Your blog is one of my favorites with such a pure and pleasing style of putting together recipes and photographing. You are like a breath of fresh air to someone as scatter-brained as I am. Plus, I love French and it is a dream of mine to go to France someday. Keep up the beautiful work. I really appreciate it!

El April 17, 2010 um 3:05 am

Outstanding. I love the styling in your picture.

Seattle Pastry Girl April 17, 2010 um 3:32 am

You never cease to amaze me with your blog,your creativity,your food, just beautiful !

Alexandra April 17, 2010 um 4:02 am

Delightful! Fascinating you ask about the little whispering bug…I was asked to make ice cream sandwiches this afternoon! Sweet!
I am excited to try your recipe,
Best wishes!

Unknown April 17, 2010 um 4:21 am

Looking forward to it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your photo

Tara Barker April 17, 2010 um 4:45 am

Ah, vanilla ice cream. It seems so simple, until you realize that, when done right, it can be one of the best flavors on Earth.

I made a gf version of ice cream sandwiches last summer, subbing chocolate genoise for the cookies. I can't wait to see your version!

Paula April 17, 2010 um 6:55 am

this photo is awesome!

Marie April 17, 2010 um 10:51 am

Such a fantastic blog – thank you for sharing!!!

Jessica @ How Sweet April 17, 2010 um 12:09 pm

It is such a beautiful word!
And the pictures make me want to jump through my screen and eat it.

bunkycooks April 17, 2010 um 12:21 pm

Vanilla ice cream always is a favorite, especially with chocolate cookies/cakes surrounding it! I still like to have an ice cream sandwich every now and then. It does bring back childhood memories!

shaz April 17, 2010 um 12:50 pm

So pretty Helene! I can't wait for the recipe, and to see how you made it so perfect looking ๐Ÿ™‚

Jolette April 17, 2010 um 3:06 pm

An absolutely fantastic, beautiful picture! That cake stand is so cute.

Helen April 17, 2010 um 4:36 pm

These look great. I love ice cream sandwiches and eating them brings back memories of my time at uni. I await your next post!

Anonymous April 17, 2010 um 7:12 pm

These are so beautiful that they don't even look real!

I really like that you've decided to post some of your sources. I always wonder where people buy their props!

colorchic April 17, 2010 um 8:23 pm

Oh my gosh… I didn't even realize I needed to eat an ice cream sandwich! Now I do! Yummy!

Y April 17, 2010 um 11:53 pm

Oh yes, it's highly important to know how to order vanilla ice-cream, "when in France"! I can't wait to put it into practice one day ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOVE the dotted look on the cookies.

Ash April 18, 2010 um 2:47 am

I heart this soo much!!

Lori April 18, 2010 um 2:50 am

Oh those ice cream sandwiches are screaming for me to eat them. I am still in search of the perfect ice cream sandwich wafer.

Dizzy Girl Bakes April 18, 2010 um 4:04 am

Your photo is so pretty!

berry lovely April 18, 2010 um 5:28 am

Thank you so much for posting the sources of your props. You always have the most beautiful accessories. The look of your picture looks especially pretty today. Did you just lower the saturation?

Madeleine April 18, 2010 um 9:23 am


Aparna Balasubramanian April 18, 2010 um 12:21 pm

Your ice-cream sandwiches are really more apt than you'll ever know for the temperatures I'm living with. Its HOT here.
These look good. Now if someone would make them for me, that's even better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lorie April 19, 2010 um 1:08 am

Yes, please post where you purchase things if you remember. I love just about every dish/plate/serving dish you post!

steph- whisk/spoon April 19, 2010 um 2:07 pm

growing up, after a summer day spent at the swimming pool, my mum would take us to the market on the way home for an ice cream sandwich. everytime i have one now, i am instantly transported….these look so perfect!

Shaheen April 19, 2010 um 3:05 pm

Helen, I love your french word a week series! thank you! And gluten free puff pastry? you're a genius!

zoom yummy April 19, 2010 um 7:53 pm

Wow! That is just wonderful! I really love the photography and the food looks… well, YUMMY is an understatement! ๐Ÿ™‚



Palila April 20, 2010 um 3:53 am

Mmm… I'm looking forward to reading about the gf sammiches, making some, and then eating them on the porch. (Maybe I'll share some with my husband.)

The French April 20, 2010 um 6:57 am

O. M. G.

boogie April 21, 2010 um 5:47 am

YuM!!! you are so incredibly talented!

marla {family fresh cooking} April 26, 2010 um 12:00 am

What sweet ice cream sandwiches. The perfect treat. Got a little of everything yummy: a bit chilly, creamy, cookie, cakey, vanilla and chocolate. My problem is I can easily eat 4 in one sitting. beautiful!

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