A Day With Apricots And A Few Days Off

I woke up Friday morning feeling lighter.

“Did you know I am finished photographing all the recipes from the book?” I asked C. Yes, I was. I am. And it feels wonderful. I am sure as time passes and I revisit the same recipes and images over and over again, there will be many changes I will want to make, but for not, this is it.

I still have quite a bit of writing to do, but as of this week, I am a month away from turning in my manuscript. I can’t even tell you how exciting that is for me.

When I woke up Friday, I decided my weekend would start early. C. and Jon had made plans on their own, so I was going to have Miren all to myself. We were going to have alone time, which doesn’t happen often.

We took a walk to the park early, before the scourging sun made an appearance. Unfortunately, that didn’t last very long. The heat forced us back inside.

I prepared a light pea soup (a variation of this one) that we ate with Idiazabal and radish tartines.

“Miren, jaten!” I let her know. It was time to come to the table for lunch. She runs and climbs on her chair ready to eat.

In the afternoon, as she napped, I made a batch of shortbreads, coconut rice pudding, and this gluten and dairy free apricot and pistachio clafoutis.

I took time to photograph and organize all my images while I listened to music (obsessing over this as of late). It was nice and quiet, just what I needed.

“Ama!” I heard coming from upstairs. Miren was up. She was ready for my clafoutis.

This week, the kids and I are flying to Vermont to see my friend Nadia and her new farm. There will be fresh air, beautiful scenery, and lots of blueberry picking. I cannot wait.

I will be back soon.


Gluten and Dairy Free Apricot and Pistachio Clafoutis

Makes a 10-inch deep dish

1/4 cup (40 g) shelled and unsalted pistachios
3 tablespoons (25 g) cornstarch
3 eggs
1/2 cup (100 g) natural cane sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1 1/4 cup unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon melted ghee or coconut oil
6 apricots, halved and pit removed

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Grind the pistachios and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch together in the food processor to a fine powder.

Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla seeds. Whisk in the pistachio powder and rest of cornstarch until smooth. Add coconut milk and melted ghee.

Grease your dish. Arrange the apricot halves around the dish and pour custard over.

Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set.

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70 Responses to “A Day With Apricots And A Few Days Off”

  1. Salma says:

    reading your post is pure joy, and so is watching your pictures :)

    have a nice time!

  2. Rowaida says:

    Wow looks amazing and delicious Aran. Loving your posts.

  3. Dzoli says:

    One can feel the joy with witch you are writing and photographing food.It would be a shame not to capture it in a book so that even more people can feel that joy too;)

  4. Apricots and pistachios…two of my favourite flavours, and together i bet they are fantastic. Your blogs are so so wonderful and inspiring and your photos simply beautiful. It is always a pleasure to visit your site.

  5. Jen says:

    Those spoons! So adorable! Where did you find them?

    Have fun in Vermont!

  6. Looking so tasty, amazing photos!

  7. Vermont. Beautiful Vermont. I remember going to a fabulous farmer’s market in Montpelier one year. I miss a more northern climate (especially right now) is this humid and sticky south. Have a wonderful time!

  8. The apricot and pistachio clafoutis looks fantastic. A recipe would be great.

    I made a cake with this combination at the weekend. always a winner.

  9. Apricots are fabulous fruits. That clafoutis must be divine. Beautiful clicks.



  10. Beautiful post and photos as always! Congrats on finishing your book, can’t wait to read it :)

  11. Maureen says:

    The clafoutis is exquisite! I’m more envious of the special time with that beautiful little girl.

    Have a wonderful time in Vermont. Makes me think of blueberry raking in Maine when I was a kid. Yum.

  12. Joy says:

    Your blog is always a joy to read. It’s so full of sunshine and happiness I swear.

  13. this looks absolutely delightful!

  14. I’ve been craving clafoutis and this definitely looks like one worth trying. I’d happily eat anything with pistachios in it. And good luck with your manuscript (not that luck has anything to do with it)!

  15. Indu says:

    Such bright and beautiful colours! Love it.

  16. Tamara says:

    amazing pictures, love you blog!

  17. alice says:

    What a delicious combination. I’m so pleased that M seems to have inherited your interest and love of good food

  18. tinajo says:

    This is fantastic – how delicious and beautiful! :-)

  19. Zita says:

    Hi Aran. What an inspiration you have been to me. I have recently began a food journal. It can’t be compared to yours, but they are my own photographs and I can’t tell you how chuffed I am with the results. Thanks for inspiring me to give it a try. From your greatest admirer. Zita.

  20. Ruth says:

    That clafoutis looks wonderful!

  21. Roberta says:

    Have a nice and well deserved holiday Aran!
    Meanwhile I’ll try one of the recipes you have shared in this post, the apricot and pitachios clafoutis is a must!


  22. awsome pics, love the colours, hughs Anja

  23. VT is my home and I think that you’re perfect for a visit to this lovely place. I hope that you have a tremendous time and, then, it’s off to you small class in the Basque country? (Am I right, I wonder – I will find out.=]) Wherever it is, I’ve been thinking about it and, actually, excited for you and your lovely summer plans.

    Today, I will be trying my hand (for the second “official” time) at some food photography and am so excited. You are such a source of inspiration. Thank you!

    Love from,

    Katy Noelle

  24. Seanna Lea says:

    Congratulations on finishing all of the photos. That is an amazing step done!

  25. Zita- congrats on your new blog!

    Katy- oh wonderful! i am sure we will love it. and thank you!

    Seanna- yes, very exciting indeed!

    Thanks guys!

  26. Mapi says:

    Apricots are without doubt one of my favorites fruits! And pistachios too, so your recipe is just perfect since it marries both! Congrats in finishing the pictures of your book…can’t wait to know that is out so I can get it!

  27. Lucia says:

    I’d love to be as lucky as Miren: waking up after an afternoon nap, smelling an apricot clafoutis just baked by this wonderful mum.

  28. Epicurea says:

    you made me dream away the day with thoughts of vanilla, pistachio and sweet apricots :-)

  29. Anne Marie says:

    I love the first picture. It’s gorgeous. Have you thought of throwing in a little of the apricot pit, noyaux style like a traditional cherry clafouti? I made one with apricots also recently and I ground up the kernel from two pits and added it to mine. It was heavenly. I just posted about apricot kernel ice cream too, by the way.

    Finally, you must have one heck of a napping gal to make shortbread, rice pudding, AND a clafouti. If I can get one recipe cooked while my littlest one sleeps I consider it a massive success.

    Beautiful recipe as always. I cannot wait to try it out.

  30. Josette says:

    I love your blog and would love to get my hands on the dotty and gingham spoons, plastic or acrylic perhaps? details please!!

  31. Stunning, as always. The way you capture light- exquisite. And the apricots- I can taste them.

  32. Anne Marie- she is in the stage where she is dropping her morning nap and taking longer afternoon naps. I really get a lot done this way. And yea, I’m used to multitasking in the kitchen. I worked in a hotel!! :)

    Josette- the spoons are from a kitchen store in Madrid actually. Yes acrylic.

    Thank you!

    Thanks guys!

  33. Where did you find those adorable patterned spoons? I love them! And the recipes!

  34. Where did you find those adorable patterned spoons? I love them! And the recipes!

  35. Sydney- they come from a kitchen shop in Madrid. Thank you!

  36. Josette says:

    Do you know the brand or how we can get our hands on them? without trekking to Madrid of course…

  37. Blogunuz harika !!
    Herşey çok hoş ve şık..
    Ellerinize sağlık..

  38. ibb says:

    Ondo ondo pasa Vermonten. Eta laster hemendik ibiliko zera ez? Animatzen bahaiz, uste det gasteiztik ibiliko naizela…

  39. Giannina says:

    Oh my! I’ve never seen peaches this orange that’s not in a can! I never thought they existed (I’m from a tropical country so peaches are all imported). Love the pie :)

  40. Es un verdadero placer para la vista ver estas magníficas fotografías. La tarta es deliciosa.


  41. Another beautiful post! Do you use fill light in your images? They are breathtaking.

  42. reading your blog and watching your pictures is amazing! we’re in love with them!

  43. Agnès says:

    enjoy your well deserved holidays! bravo! and your kids are growing up with so many beautiful food memories, thanks for that!!

  44. Frugalfoodiefamily- I Bounce light back into the subject when needed (when dark shadows are harsh). I also diffuse the light that comes in which gives an even tone. Thanks!

  45. Wow! I’m so excited to find you (linked from Decor8) – your images are gorgeous, as is the food. In fact, I’m going to try your tomato tart (in an earlier post) this evening as my garden is FINALLY producting. . .thanks for the beautiful food and photos! And congrats on the Martha piece.

  46. Alie says:

    Your blog is so beautiful, and always soothing. I read often, and comment far less than I should, but thank you for the simple beauty you give each post. It’s lovely.

  47. a. maren says:

    such beautiful photos, as always :)

  48. Erica says:

    Have a lovely trip! I hope there will be photographs!

  49. I just found your blog. Beautiful! I can’t wait to go through the recipes and try some things out.

  50. apaler1 says:

    What an amazing idea for a gluten and dairy free clafouti. I would never have thought of pairing pistachios and apricots but it looks heavenly!

  51. Mélanie says:

    cela fait déjà quelques temps que je visite réguliérement ton blog et je me permet d’ajouter un commentaire en français car mon anglais n’est pas terrible…:). Bravo pour ce blog je suis une grande fan de tes photos et de tes recettes!
    bonne continuation!

  52. Interesting that you posted pics of both apricots and raspberries–not enough peeps know that they are wonderful together in cobblers, crisps and such.

  53. V says:

    Perfectly delectable!!

  54. Chamomile says:

    Hi Aran, nice to meet you!
    Compliments for your diary about people, life, food and photographies wonderful.
    I love it and follow you with very joy.
    Good luck for your cookbook and a caress to your kid: she’s a beautiful angel.

    I give you a smile.
    Happy week, with dear greetings.

  55. Ilke says:

    Enjoy your time off! And I am looking forward to your book!

  56. Reading your posts gives me such happiness. Your photography is so clean & fresh — I can only hope to take an image close to the standards of yours one day. The colors are stunning. Thank you for giving me so much inspiration!!!
    - Carrie

  57. Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

  58. Your pictures are very nice. I would like to eat everything. Have a nice time

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  60. I love your photos.. Vt in the summertime is so lovely and alot less crowded than when the skiers come!

  61. Взимам си парченце,ммммммм…много вкусно:)

  62. Jane says:

    Your photography is as always, phenomenal and those apricots look mouthwatering. Your children are so blessed to eat such delicious treats all the time!

  63. Telebrands says:

    Thanks for the apricot post. The photos are stunning and the recipe for apricot and pistachio clafoutis sounds great.

  64. Stunning photography! Beautiful website! Wow!!!

  65. Astrid says:

    If everyone looked at your Vermont trip, the world couldn’t help but be a better place – it all looked so beautiful and well, just good and what we all aspire to in life. I wanted to eat all the food, touch all the flowers, hug all the children (I am a grandma of 3 (plus twins in a couple of weeks) plus put dungarees on and walk barefoot in the grass – may sound too mushy, but it’s heartfelt. Keep up the good work (from a new blogger)

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