A summer apricot soup amuse bouche and une fête d’été!

An apricot soup says SUMMER! in so many ways.In its bright yellow color we find the warmth of mid summer days. The flavor has us  smelling the shadows of big overhanging tree branches…that afternoon nap after the pic-nique. And the taste…the taste that makes us hear les cigales in the heat of the day, see les guêpes hoovering over all the sweet delicacies of our al fresco meals… So. If you’re in the mood for a little summer heat and holiday…take to an apricot soup, close your eyes and see yourself  stretched out in the fields, chewing on a grass sprig, dozing off  with a heavy summer laze and then just lose yourself in being the happiest soul walking this earth!

*Une petite soupe d’abricot est indispensable pour l’été. Sa couleur nous donne la chaleur des journées dorées. Dans son saveur on sent les ombres des rameaux d’un grand noyer et on a envie de  s’allonger et fermer les yeux pour un petit moment magique. Et le goût…le goût nous donne l’impression d’entendre les cigales, de voir les guêpes qui dérangent la tranquilité d’un repas al fresco. Alors. Goûtons cette petite soupe et laissons notre imaginaire nous transporter vers un champ où on s’allonge dans l’herbe et nos pensées disparaissent dans les nuages de rêves et de bonheur.



Suggestions:

  • Try this also with soft ripe peaches.
  • Use a rose wine instead of a white.
  • for a completely vegetarian dish, replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock.
  • Serve with a fresh traditional baguette, topped with some melted camembert cheese.

VF:

  • Substituez avec des pèches.
  • Remplacez le vin blanc par une rosé.
  • Pour la version végétarienne, replacer le bouillon de poulet par un bouillon de légumes.
  • Servez accompagnée d’une baguette ancienne et son camembert fondu.

…un brunch d’été…

With two weeks left before the summer holidays, it is now or never to have a fete d’ete with all our friends before they all take off with their straw hats  and tanning lotions. Let’s make it special. Make it fun. Make it beautiful and dreamy. Summer. Gay with color. Inviting.

*Dans deux semaines on arrive au début de vacances d’été. Il reste donc qu’un petit bout de temps pour se régaler une toute dernière fois avec nos amies, avant qu’on prenne la route, armée de nos crèmes solaires et les espadrilles! Allé! Faisons une fête spéciale. Gracieuse. Chaleureuse.  Merveilleusement habillée avec les couleurs gaies de l’été.

…rustic romance for a brunch…

Choose a corner in the garden.

On cherche un coin dans le jardin.

…a view on summer…

Go overboard on flowers and plants. Don’t spend money on buying flowers. Pick all kinds of greenery and even herbs and don’t overlook the beauty of weeds all around you. Ask a friend for trimmings which are happening now to pump new life into plants. Buy some seedlings or summer plants instead that can be planted afterward in the garden. They come at cheap prices everywhere now and buy them in trays. Set the trays as is on your tables and in your serving corners. Tie some rafia or some sisal around for a ristic garden look. And don’t forget to send a few plants in a cute container home with your friends, which they can plant in a pot or their own garden. And DON”T do what I did….have so much fun that you forget to give each friend her plants at going home time!

*Il y’a un choix exubérant de  fleurs et  de plantes. Ne dépensez pas d’argent sur les fleurs en commerce. Elles sont libres et abondantes tout autour de nous. Pensez aux herbes, aux feuillages, même les mauvaises herbes qui poussent sans cesse avec une beauté plus subtile. Surtout on a des voisins et des amis qui font une nettoyage de saison en ce moment, donnant une nouvelle vie saisonnier au jardin. Passez par la jardinerie et achetez des barquettes de fleurs d’été, qui peut servir pour la décoration de table et  comme cadeaux pour nos invités, voir plantée dans leurs propres coins du jardin.

…pétunias in trays and all things garden…

…serving corners…

…umbreallas at the ready…

Have some colorful umbrellas close by for that urgent run in that rain to the bathroom! And in the same thinking frame…remember some suncream for those who prefer sitting in the sunny side, have an ecofriendly trap for the “gueppes” so you can  lunch in peace and provide lots of cool water if you are lucky to have a blasting hot summers day, but if not…a cozy little throw can provide some body heat if your day is cool and cloudy like we had on Friday!

*N’oubliez pas les jolies parapluies pour les courses sous la pluie ou pour se rendre à la maison. Et pourquoi pas une crème solaire pour ceux qui adorent s’installer en plein soleil. Une piège bio pour les omniprésentes guêpes sera un petit geste attentionné. Voir dans le cas d’une canicule, l’eau fraîche à boire nous éviterons de tomber dans un sommeil impolie. Pourtant, dans mon cas ce Vendredi dernier…cette scenario était impossible, car on est ici en France toujours capturé dans l’âge de glace!

..knee blankets and flowers do go together…

…cherries, freshly picked from a friends garden, a garden hat and pretty flower…

…garden tools and a warming fire…

Have your guests bring their favorite dish to the table. We had delicious quiches and gorgeous salads, which I hope to bring to you soon with the permission of my friends, we finished with magnificent  cheese a friend got fresh from the market earlier the morning and we feasted on local rose’s and homemade moelleux wine with our strawberry soup.

*Les amies apprécient toujours contribuer à la table, n’hésitez pas à demander une bonne quiche ou une salade gourmande, comme elles sont faites pour notre brunch. Puis, on a terminé le brunch avec du fromage du marché, une soupe de fraises pour un dessert et ce festin était accompagné par une bonnes rosé d’Evres et un moelleux fait maison par ma gentille voisine Claudine!

A fete d’ete indeed. More than that. An uplifiting 5 hours spent with lovely ladies, funny ladies, creative ladies. Friends. Summer. Good food. And so traditionally french,  we tasted, examined, commented, complimented, changed the recipe, suggested alternative ingredients, discussed accompanying wines, and simply savored each helping. 

*Voila une vraie fete! En fait, beaucoup plus que ça. C’était quelques 5 heures passées dans la compagnie de femmes très sympas, drôles et créatives. Les amies. L’été. Une bonne table. Et comme la tradition dicte toujours en France, nous avons goûté et fait des propositions de différentes  ingrédients. On a testée, examinée, changée les recettes, discutée les vins comme des pros… bref…un après-midi savoureux et chaleureux!

Then we said our goodbyes and gave our “bisous” with promises of outings to chateaux…and a lunch.. To show gardens…and a lunch. To walks around town…and a lunch. To hiking trails…and a lunch. To painting days…and a lunch. to music concerts…and a lunch. The moral of the story? We have to seize the moment.
So c’mon! Deck the garden, load the table with fresh produce! Call up your friends! Chill the wine! Life is short…grab onto it with in a fork in the one hand and a joie de vivre in the other!

*Nous avons faites nos bisous avec de sacrées promesses de se réunir en visites des châteaux…et un lunch. Des promenades en ville…et un lunch. Des rencontres Van goghe-esques…et un lunch. Les concerts musiques…et un lunch. Alors. On comprend qu’une chose. Il faut profiter de chaque moment!

Allez! appelons nos amies!Ouvrons le portail! Faisons le marché! Décapitons le champagne! La vie passe trop vite…profitons-en avec une fourchette et un joie de vivre triomphant!

…passez une bonne été et à la prochaine!…

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25 responses

  1. Ronell, the apricot soup looks so delicious and refreshing! Everything for the brunch looked so beautiful….the flowers, table, cherries, etc. I love the white curtains…it is so soft and romantic…..I am sure your friends loved it!

    20/06/2010 at 13:45

  2. Very pretty brunch from the fresh, vintage decor to the amazing apricot soup presented in a gorgeous glass.

    20/06/2010 at 14:14

  3. Everything so spectacular! Wonderful scenery with all that decor, the flowers… everything! and the food so exquisite too! I love summer parties, I really love them. I’m sure you had the greatest time

    20/06/2010 at 22:19

  4. Hi Ronell, i would like to say that i love your blog.
    Thanks for posting that recipe of the fabulous apricot soup. It’s worth to try! And you have a beautiful house too.
    I like and enjoy the way you writing this article.
    Thanks for sharing it with me. It’s inspiring me to make a brunch party with some of friends too.
    Good job. I love it!

    21/06/2010 at 03:02

  5. wonderlik wonderlik wonderlik!!! in my hart was ek daar saam julle, dankie vir die uitnodiging, maar ook vir die uitnodiging om in jul plaasskuur te kon kuier…waar ons nogsteeds is!! jou foto’s is pragtig en ek is seker jou gelukkige vriendinne sal die heerlike kuier met al jou bederf nog laaank onthou! sien jou more! baie liefde Colette x

    21/06/2010 at 08:57

  6. Judy B. - Texas

    I really, really look forward to reading each of your blogs. You live such an enchanting life and thank you for inspiring us with your drawings, recipes, stories, etc. I love to entertain and I’m getting so many ideas from your garden party – only wish I could have been there. Going out now to buy some apricots while I still can – they are extremely seasonal here in Texas.

    21/06/2010 at 13:50

  7. Oh my………I need to do an entire yard renovation! I want my house to look just like yours!!

    Actually, Ronell, I have begun my yard renovation, and even though it will not look exactly like yours, I am someone who enjoys giving summer parties outside. I love your attitude about the whole thing, and oh yes….the apricot soup…How delicious sounding is that???

    Sigh……..

    21/06/2010 at 21:23

  8. Anh

    Apricot soup? I’ve never heard or tasted it! So lovely, Ronell!

    22/06/2010 at 01:18

  9. What a splendid ode to end of spring and welcome to summer. You can be sure that I will do that summer-peaked apricot soup. And deck my halls with wildfowers (aka weeds) herbs and branches. Welcome summer!
    Love the conversations of recipes: substitutions, changes, etc. My Italian family does that non-stop. Awaiting your salads and quiches….

    22/06/2010 at 01:29

  10. A stunning experience this must have been for your guests. The scenery is so inspiring, not to mention the beautiful recipe. Can I come live with you? Lol

    22/06/2010 at 03:09

  11. Salut Ronelle, Oh quelle merveilleuse idée cette soupe d’abricots. Au départ, je pensais que c’était une soupe sucrée! Epatant! Oh la la, ces petits goûters dans un cadre aussi beau, ca fait rêver! Superbes photos comme d’habitude!

    22/06/2010 at 05:47

  12. Hello Ronelle!

    What a lovely summer’s aprocot soup!! Very refreshing too!!

    Your garden is triving! I will make this soup tomorrow when my friends are coming over for apéritife!

    22/06/2010 at 14:28

  13. ahhhhhh, YES, so lovely, tasty, filled with life and color, and of course good friends for lunch. I lose myself in your words, your paintings, and the apricot recipe! But, my apricot tree is in California and I am here thousands of miles from it.

    Thank you, thank you,

    Love,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

    23/06/2010 at 01:37

  14. Oh Ronell – your home is so lovely. I try to recreate a hint of that ambience in my California home. Your attention to detail amazes me.

    Love the soup, and that darling little soup spoon!
    LL

    24/06/2010 at 17:10

  15. What a charming summer lunch, down to every tiny detail. Oh how I would loved to have been on that guest list! :) You do everything with such style and ease.
    I will have to come back to visit this post and gather some ideas for my own garden party. You really do live a beautiful life.
    Love the illustrated recipe too!!
    xx ~Dana

    26/06/2010 at 04:54

  16. Ronelle, It was so nice reading about your summer luncheon. I am attending my own summer BBQ today of very good friends ( we are a group of educators who at one time all worked together), and like your little group we will also be saying good-bye for the summer until we meet up again in the fall .
    It strikes me that in our small way even though we all live around the globe, we trully are all connected, what a wonderful warm feeling.
    Your soup sounded tempting to make, but I’ll be bringing a cold Vichyssoise soup, but look forward to making your soup very soon.
    Have a good restful summer.

    28/06/2010 at 16:58

  17. Such beautiful images! Thanks for sharing!

    29/06/2010 at 01:46

  18. Thank you for all your visits, lovely comments and the interesting personal stories…I appreciate them all!
    Ronelle

    29/06/2010 at 21:17

  19. What a charming post. I’ve got to try the apricot soup!

    30/06/2010 at 17:10

  20. I love apricot soup–I make a different kind of fruit soup–use any fruit–one of my favorites are dark cherries-pitted-yogurt-honey and seltzer-blend. Dreamy fizzy fruit soup. Your home is gorgeous and the vintage dishes are picturesque and beautiful. Thanks for all the loveliness Ronelle. Have a great week.

    13/07/2010 at 01:24

  21. This not only sounds wonderful but looks incrediable! Can NOT wait to try it.
    I’m bookmarking this recipe! Thanks!

    19/07/2010 at 12:48

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  23. Joanna

    Hiya Ronelle
    This apricot soup was soooo delicious, and I was telling a friend in London about it last week. I have sent her the recipe because she was looking for something original and pretty for a starter.
    Have a grreat time in Coin Perdu!
    Biz
    Joanna

    28/07/2010 at 11:32

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