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Sunday, July 02, 2006
Le temps des abricots

[Apricots' time]

Apricots... What to say about apricots?
A golden velvety skin.
A sweet tender flesh.
Really you must love them!

I'm lucky to have an apricot tree in the back of my garden and though the tree is really old, it still produces the best apricots one can have. Juicy, sweet and soft... In one word: the perfect apricot.
It seems the combinations are endless. But with apricots i usually prefer to keep it simple.
Bite in a luscious apricot just picked from the tree.
Or cook them into a compote.
Or mix them with ice, as below, to get a fresh summer drink.
Or slice them finely and sprinkle over a goat's milk faiselle with a drizzle of honey.

Today i'd like to discover something new and i am interested in the ways YOU use apricots.
Do you have a favourite recipe using apricots?
I am looking for a sophisticated dessert that highlights the freshness of apricots.
Any suggestion welcome!

Summer apricot iced drink

This drink embodies the fruit at its purest form. No added sugar, just ice and water.
It is very refreshing, as you may have already guessed.
I love to have this after a hot summer day or even in the morning, for breakfast.


Summer apricot iced drink
serves 2

4 apricots
2 cups ice cubes
1/4 cup iced water
a handful of icecubes, extra

Put everything into a food processor and blitz for at least 40 seconds.
Pour in tall glasses and add extra icecubes.
Serve and chill your mouth!

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9 sweets:
Blogger Gourmet said something sweet:

Can you send me a cup of this magnificent drink??? :9
Here in Turin we have 30°!!!!
I hate this hot hot summer!!!
Beautiful photos..
Brava!

02 July, 2006 23:38 

Anonymous Melissa said something sweet:

Oh, you're lucky - when I was growing up in California we had an apricot tree in the backyard and they were SO sweet. Unfortunately the ones they ship to Scotland seem to be the most tasteless specimens they can find... :(

As for recipes, I love to do simple things as well, like a chilled apricot soup with a splash of Muscat, or frozen apricots blended with a little yogurt or creme fraiche to make a soft ice cream.

Hope you've been having fun with the goats! :)

03 July, 2006 00:54 

Anonymous L said something sweet:

what a great looking way to cool down!

03 July, 2006 03:59 

Anonymous Anonymous said something sweet:

Idée intéressante. Très jolies photos, tout cela fait très été.
Venor
Un dimanche matin à Lyon

03 July, 2006 06:04 

Blogger ooishigal said something sweet:

Ils sont beaux tes abricots :)
Ils ont l'air tout doux!
Et bien ça me fait envie, je vais faire une petite tarte ce soir...
Merci pour la bonne idée!

Kiss

Ps: J'ai posté un t-shirt sur mon blog, qui devrait te plaire ;)

03 July, 2006 11:34 

Blogger Estelle said something sweet:

You are lucky to have yummy apricots! It's very hard for me to find good ones in Pennsylvania. When I finally find good ones, I would like to try the "tarte renversée aux abricots et au sucre Muscovado" from Pierre Hermé in Plaisirs Sucrés and the roasted apricot sorbet from Epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/106599

03 July, 2006 15:33 

Blogger Natalia said something sweet:

You take beautiful photos. They make my mouth water!

04 July, 2006 08:22 

Blogger Fanny said something sweet:

Gourmet - i wish i could, but i think it'll be so hot when it'll arrive in torino that you won't want to drink it!

Melissa - yum californian apricots are SO good!
Anyway, you're definitely tempting me with the chilled apricot soup!

L - thank you.

Venor - merci d'etre passé sur foodbeam. Il doit faire chaud aussi a Lyon!

Oishi - hum, une tarte aux abricots! Trop bon.
J'adore le tshirt, en effet...

Estelle - thanx for the tarte renversée idea. Now gotta find the recipe.
The roasted apricot sorbet sounds yummy too!

From our kitchen - thank you so much for your kind words.

xoxo
Fanny

05 July, 2006 15:13 

Anonymous keiko said something sweet:

Oh Funny I didn't realise you posted about apricots :) Beautiful pictures and the drink sounds lovely too... Best of luck tomorrow, I'm sure they're gonna make it ;)

08 July, 2006 21:47 

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