Friday, May 17, 2013

Chocolate Financiers~FFWD and Food Revolution Day

Our luncheon table with financiers and my 1940’s Weil Ware dishes…I love old dinnerware
This week, our French Friday group is participating with Food Revolution Day (#FDR2013). A day to share with friends and family the importance of good food and essential cooking skills. It was started by Jamie Oliver to get people cooking and eating together. The theme for this year’s Food Revolution Day is - Cook it! Share it!  This is something that food bloggers do all the time.  Cooking is a passion, and sharing good food and recipes is part of that passion. 
Our French Friday group shares food every week, and we have also learned many new cooking and baking techniques along the way.  So, this week as the Dorista’s pick  anew or, revisit something they’ve  already made, they are doing it as part of Food Revolution Day.   
For me, it was a Ladies Spring Luncheon. A perfect way to share a meal.  I invited several of my girlfriends over to enjoy an afternoon of chatting and catching up over a lovely lunch! On the menu was a Spinach Quiche, A Tomato Tart and a wonderful Pasta, White Bean and Arugula Salad.  For dessert I decided to make Dorie’s Chocolate Financiers! I have wanted to try the chocolate version from the moment I first saw them.  This time I made both the plain almond and chocolate versions. How could I resist? The Financier is an almond pastry, created by a 19th-century Parisian pastry chef, for his wealthy banker clients. Hence the name Financier. The chocolate version is definitely worth its weight in gold.
 My wonderful gift from Paris…so perfect for a ladies lunch
I had a lovely package of tea, that my son and daughter-in-law brought back for me, from their trip to Paris. The tea came from Ladurée.  I thought it was the perfect time to break it out.  It was delicious and, a  perfect accompaniment to our Ladies Lunch!

So plan a meal, cook it and share it! Happy Food Revolution Day...Happy Friday everyone!


OoooLaLa…a lovely french pastry
Incredibly delicious!
The recipe for Financiers can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook, “ Around My French Table” or here. For Dorie’s Chocolate Financiers the recipe can be found on my friend Paula’s wonderful blog Vintage Kitchen. To see what the other Dorestas are up to check it out here.

Lunch anyone?
Tomato Tart ready for the oven
Delicious Pasta, White Bean and Arugula salad

A perfect dessert for a Ladies Tea / Luncheon


32 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the dinnerware.
    Kathy - your selection is beautiful! (I made the financiers for a bridal shower last weekend - one of these days, I am going to have to try out the chocolate version).
    Food is always better when shared with good company.

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  2. Your tomato tart, your beautiful salad and your gorgeous desserts....perfect in every way! Love your table too!

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  3. You outdid yourself Kathy! A gorgeous lunch, and tea with financiers to end it. Aren´t the chocolate ones amazing? I thought so too. (I have the recipe in my blog if you need it). Have a great weekend!

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  4. Wow! Amazing lunch menu.. Loved the tomato tarts.. and what better way than to end the meal with financiers.. I'm a new blogger... Do visit my blog.. http://kitchenserenity.blogspot.in/

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  5. Kathy, what a perfectly delicious Ladies Lunch! And such pretty financiers, both versions, chocolate and almond (my personal favorite), look really fabulous! I love the idea of celebrating Jamie Oliver´s Food Revolution Day today with such a wonderful lunch!
    Have a great Friday!

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  6. Gorgeous presentation and lovely lovely food... how was the tea? I'm guessing it held up well with your wonderful Financiers.

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  7. I've just become very hungry! such a lovely post the financiers look delicious - I bet that Parisian tea was wonderful!
    Mary x

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  8. What a gorgeous luncheon spread and a lovely way to celebrate Food Revolution Day. I've got to catch up on the financiers and both your versions are tempting me to do so soon!

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  9. Lovely luncheon Kathy! I love both your menu and your beautiful table! How wonderful to have tea from Paris to serve to your guests ;-) The financiers are one of my favorites but have yet to try the chocolate version-will have to make that happen soon ;-)
    Happy food revolution day !!

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  10. Just fabulous, Kathy! Everything looks perfectly fresh & delicous!

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  11. What a beautiful meal Kathy! I would have loved to attend. All the food looked delicious, and you displayed it so beautifully too! Thank you for sharing! Happy Food Revolution!

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  12. oh lovely! They are definitely so apt for tea!

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  13. What a lovely set of dinnerware! The financiers look wonderful.
    Happy Food Revolution!

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  14. Your "real food" ladies lunch is perfect for FRD2013! Thanks for participating!

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  15. Everything looks amazing! Your friends must have been so happy to share such a gorgeous lunch. I'll definitely come back for some of those recipes. The pasta salad looks perfect for summer entertaining.

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  16. Your meal sounds perfect to share with friends and looks beautiful. I agree with Jamie, there's nothing better than gathering around the dinner table in your own home to share homemade food with good friends and family. Hope it was fun!

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  17. Kathy, everything looks spectacular. Such a perfect way to celebrate Food Revolution Day. I love that beautiful container
    that your tea came in, I would save that forever. Ladurée is such a lovely little restaurant, Tricia and I visited there and
    just enjoyed it. Delicious food and desserts. Have a great weekend.

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  18. You can really tell the bakers - when left to choose a dish, we bake! The financiers look lovely - what a treat for your friends. :)

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  19. What fun!! Ladies luncheon sounds like the perfect way to spend FRD. And your la durée tea package is totally making me jealous.

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  20. Haha I love the idea of a fancy luncheon my friend, I am drooling over all these delish photos :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  21. What a lovely luncheon! Sounds like a wonderful afternoon. Financiers are so perfect with tea, and probably even more perfect with French tea. I will have to try the chocolate version soon. They look amazing. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

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  22. Fabulous idea and those are some VERY lucky ladies. Between the menu, the gorgeous photos of the table and food- it looks just divine. And if sharing your Laduree stash is not the ultimate test of a generous friend, I don't know what is :)

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  23. All of these dishes sound so perfect for a lunch! Tomato tarts are one of my weaknesses that is for sure. Your post has me thinking that I can't remember the last time I hosted a fancy LUNCH. Why don't I do that? Glad you got to share your mad skills with your lucky friends!

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  24. Food Revolution Day is such a great idea. Hope you had fun! Your financiers sound wonderful, and I'm dying to try that arugula salad, too.

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  25. Ooh la la this is a beauty! I am going to recreate it all - especially when the tomatoes come on. You do know how to celebrate. I love using my mother's dinnerware - speaks of an innocent time.

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  26. Kathy, I would love to join a 'ladies luncheon' such as yours...table set so beautiful with special dinnerware, a perfect menu, special tea from Paris, and the most wonderful and delicious Financiers...wow; I'm so impressed, but not surprised at your lovely taste, and talent!

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  27. Wow, Kathy, that looked like perfect luncheon fare. Just a special combination of lovely food. You just reminded me how much fun luncheons can be - girl talk, good conversation with friends. I am sure your friends appreciated your delicious effort to celebrate this wonderful day. I would have loved to sit at your table also. The Mejadra is delicious. I am not sure I would have picked that recipe but my friend, Donna, really wanted to try it. We've now done it twice to rave reviews. And, the crispy onions just give it the needed kick. I love that cookbook as does she.

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  28. Everything looks so delectable - the tomato tart looks so bright and summery, and the financiers are tres elegant.

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  29. Kathy, what a beautiful lunch you prepared. I love the Tomato tart.

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  30. Kathy what a lovely ladies' lunch! Everything looks perfect.

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  31. you pretty much had me at "chocolate financiers!" and at that, your tabletop photo is truly wonderful!

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