Friday, May 14, 2010

Francophile Friday Fleurish: By Geranium, Some Macarons!

ink & watercolour illustration, inspiration thanks to Virginia Jones Photography

Let's head for the weekend with some macaron love.   This is inspired by Virginia Jones's beautifully styled photo of her recent macquisitions visit to EuroPane in Pasadena.  While these macarons may not be made on French soil, they look like fine ambassadors for this typically Parisian treat.  There's little else to say, really, other than...

Happy Francophile Friday Fleurish to you!

28 comments:

  1. 'Macquisitions'! And one of your most charming drawings. A good, good Friday.

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  2. Ooh, Macarons - yum. I once got a very pretty box containing macaroons from Designers Guild and I wasn't sure whether to eat them or keep them for posterity!

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  3. What great fun to see my "macquisitions" so beutifully painted dear Shell. I'm sending my dear hostess Judy, who found these delights and is the owner of those pink geraniums right over ! Merci!!!
    V

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  4. I like all the little feminine touches in the photo and illo. So happy to see the violet macaron at the top. VM's always rise to the top!

    How do you come up with gems like "macquisitions?" Marvelous Shellspeak!

    wv: lashici (lash, ici SVP! NOT!)

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  5. What flavors ?
    My guess :
    blueberry, coffee, pistache (?) and chocolate.

    My favorites, along with vanille, réglisse, cassis, violette, fruit de la passion, amaretti, noisette, framboise, amandes, caramel, noix de coco, marrons, citron....................

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  6. In both images (yours and Virginia's), this mini-mountain of macarons looks almost too beautiful to eat ("almost" being the operative word here). Of course, the real Word of the Day is "macquisitions."
    (My WV is "grant"—as in "please grant me some macarons!")

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  7. Thanks, ShSh, for reminding me to eat a Macaron today! The foto & your drawing came out looking very tasty!

    Hava cupa Java on this Francophile Weekend!

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  8. Btw, the pastry chef who made these learned her sweet tastes from the top pastry school in France.

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  9. You know, the first time I saw Virginia's photo I thought "Shell's next painting."

    Bravo! It is beautiful.

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  10. wdjky9l111 c9ylf

    Ahem, sorry for the bad typing. Am rushing out the door to Pasadena to get me some. Happy weekend!

    [sound of tires squealing]

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  11. Thanks, Mise!! I suspect it's the volume of pink on the page that has especially charmed you.

    Welcome, Lorna! Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you succumbed to some of those beautifully packaged macarons. I love DG and can imagine how gorgeous it must have been.

    My pleasure, Virginia ~ and thanks so much to your Judy, too ~ those are magnificent geraniums!

    Cali ~ I must say, I was pretty pleased with myself over that one. ;) And never fear, there are only lashings of good things here.

    Marylène ~ I may have made the top one appear more blueberry than the raspberry in V's photo. :) And the green one is indeed pistachio.

    Thanks, Alexa! "Almost" indeed.

    Cafe ~ the pastry chef has a great pedigree. And I just had my morning latte ~ mmm.

    Thanks, ET Suzy ~ LOL, that's the first thought I had, too. You know me well!

    PCN ~ heh heh! A sweet change from fried chicken.

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  12. Judy - So CaliforniaMay 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Shell - Here I am - Virginia's hostess and thanks for the great job with my geraniums. I do baby them. I was so glad I could find the macarons when she visited - they are indeed wonderful and shown beautifully by your drawing. Thank you!

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  13. Fried chicken??? DId someone say fried chicken?? Yummo!
    V

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  14. Hi, Judy!! Thanks so much for dropping in, and it was all my pleasure to draw your pretty geraniums. I have some in my front garden, but I confess that I use the "tough love" approach with them. They'd be envious of your babies' lot in life. ;)

    Virginia ~ next time you visit SoCal, PopCultureNerd will be able to give you a fried chicken referral.

    Thanks, Hiker ~ you too. Happy dusting!

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  15. Sweet! Such a delightful adaptation of V's great macaron photo. Tonight I'll be eating Snickerdoodles that I recently made, but I'll be thinking of these macarons!

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  16. Katie ~ imagining what drawing a Snickerdoodle would look like...

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  17. A lovely fleurish it is! And the macarons look colorful and sumptuous!

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  18. I recognized this the moment I saw it! Wonderfully done, Shell.

    PCN, when you come to Pasadena for macarons let me know. We'll masticate some macquisitions together.

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  19. Thanks, Ms M ~ it's a while since we've had a Friday Fleurish, so it was a nice chance to roll the two together!

    Oh, Petrea ~ masterful!

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  20. Friday, I was delighted that the relatively new French cafe down the street from my office was actually open on time. So I started off my Friday with a caramel macaron. Perfect. Your painting makes me want more...mmm!

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  21. Amy ~ so the relatively new French cafe down the street tends towards fashionable lateness? I'm glad they were unfashionable for you on Friday. :)

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  22. There's another blog I visit, an English prof, and he posted a poem by ee cummings. Made me think most particularly of your drawings. Here it is

    http://banjo52.blogspot.com/2010/05/ee-cummings-anyone-lived-in-pretty-how.html

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  23. Hiker ~ well now, I'm a bit overcome (as anyone would be). I haven't read that poem before and I'm ever so glad to make its acquaintance. Thank you!

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  24. "Snickerdoodle"? Gosh, my imagination is positively jumping ...
    Lovely macarons dear ... you're making me hungry.

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  25. I had one of the green ones (pistachio) just last week.

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  26. I'm so happy for you, Margaret! And they are gluten free, I think.

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