Over here in Sydney, Australia, the school year starts at the end of January and after every 10 weeks of school the kids are given two weeks of holidays.
Except for Christmas when they get 6 weeks off.
We’ve completed Term 1 and are just winding up 2 weeks of holiday
Now I love and adore coconut.
I knew between trips to the movies, putt putt golf, sleepovers and full days of laser skirmish I was going to get this recipe done and posted!
It has coconut after all! (And it is one of the simplest recipes I have come across!)
I find it hard to make time to accomplish the basics, like grocery shopping, with so many activities and kids staying over.
But I was not going to miss this!
I made it in plenty of time! And then the next two days we left the house pretty much straight after breakfast and returned at night time!
So all my ideas of pretty photos flew out the window!
I even bought a pretty friand tin… it made a pattern!!!
But the photo taken with my iphone late at night just doesn’t do it any justice!
I wanted to run away! Skip posting for the week.
Like I did with the Cocoa Sables.
That week the kids had so many school band commitments and performances that, while I made both the Cocoa and Butter Sables, I didn’t get around to posting anything!
I did the same with the Salmon Rillettes.
I like Sardines! And I loved this recipe!
However amidst the Easter and school holiday madness, we decided to go to Melbourne for a 3 day weekend the day this post was due. So I skipped it.
But you know what?
I don’t like how I feel when I miss a week of posting!
I’ve come to understand that completing the recipes each week with the French Fridays with Dorie group gives me a sense of achievement and accomplishment!
It makes me feel goooood!
So while I’ve been cooking most weeks, it’s not as satisfying as engaging in the entire process of cooking, posting and then sharing this with the rest of the group!
Who knew this would become such a fun and filling part of my life!
April 21, 2012 at 12:43 am
WOW…so many items your have caught up in your post. I loved being reminded about those wonderful cookies…I totally love the coconut friands recipe. I am a coconut lover and this simple recipe really works for me…love it. Your friand molds are adorable…love the print on your little cake. And with a busy family, your post is just perfect. Keep enjoying all that you do.
April 21, 2012 at 12:44 am
Your friand molds are lovely – and the end result is beautiful.
I get the feeling – the sense of community that posting and interacting brings makes me feel like I’ve closed the loop on making the recipe.
Have a great weekend.
April 21, 2012 at 2:13 am
I love the shape of your friands molds…they look nice and they soft and fluffy. For me I added fresh cranberries to them and it was delicious. Dorie is right…fresh fruits add extra flavor to the teacakes 🙂 Yummy!
April 21, 2012 at 3:49 am
Good to see you again! I know how it is to do the cooking,b ut run out of time to post. Looks like you’re all caught up, and like the kids had fun during their break. Hope you’re back next week!
April 21, 2012 at 4:11 am
iPhone or not, your friands look delicious!
April 21, 2012 at 4:12 am
I started a new job last month and the hours have just been killing me (the earliest I got home this past week was 9). So what has happened to me is that the weekly FFwD recipe has become the ONLY cooking that I do each week. Kind of sad really, but I also get a little sad when I think about skipping a week with FFwD.
April 21, 2012 at 5:26 am
I love the design on your friands. I may have to look into finding one of those pans!
April 21, 2012 at 7:48 am
LOL I feel like it is a bit demanding sometimes when we have made the recipe but I haven’t written it up and put the pictures up and thats the only “hard” part (aside from the recipes that expand your palate) about FFWD, but I do like that we do it once a week and its something my husband likes too! 🙂 All your Dorie recipes look great! And your friand mold looks fantastic, but I LOVE stars!!
April 21, 2012 at 11:50 am
What lovely friand pans. I can see the pretty pattern, and I like the elegant oval shape. It’s good to know you’ve been cooking along with us, Sanya, even without the posting. I think I like the sharing part of being in this group even more than the delicious recipes.
April 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm
Great catch up post! I’m impressed that you made both sorts of sablés. It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful break, but I’m glad you’re back with us. I agree with Betsy – the sharing part of this group is the best part.
April 21, 2012 at 11:27 pm
Your friands are adorable! And I am really impressed that you actually made all the recipes because it sounds like you have been busy busy busy! Glad to get caught up on what’s been going on and see all that you’ve been up too – welcome back 🙂
April 21, 2012 at 11:45 pm
Yummy!! Everything looks amazing!!
April 22, 2012 at 4:46 am
Great photos, Sanya, and I agree with you that making our weekly recipes also gives me a feeling of accomplishment and I enjoy the community we have built with FFwD – Fridays don’t seem like Fridays to me without the group. All your dishes look beautiful and I am glad you got caught up, but I am also glad that you are spending time with your family and all their activities. They grow up in the blink of an eye and when they are grown and left home you will have plenty of time to do other things.
April 22, 2012 at 5:59 am
Your friands look so pretty…and so do your cocoa and butter sables. Nice that you were able to catch up. Have a nice weekend!
April 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Looks like you’ve been busy, the friands look great and so do the other stuff. Btw, I think what you guys do is great (having 2 weeks off every 10 weeks and 6 weeks for xmas, in Spain it’s a bit different and we get almost 3 months off during summer which is crazy and then not that many holidays the rest of the year!!
April 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Loved your Post. Also, liked hearing about your family, school activities, and play activities. Busy. But, thank you for catching up and throwing it all into one Post. Enjoyable. It really was. I think everyone (except the coconut-haters) like the friands.