FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS { Part I } | California on my mind | “Meyer Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes” by Cannelle et Vanille

While in California about a week and a half ago, I stayed a number of nights with my dear aunt and uncle at their extraordinary coastal ranch home.  It’s such a privilege to spend time there, for myriad reasons.  Seeing as we live on opposite sides of the country, quality time with that side of my family has, unfortunately, been limited over the years.  So I cherish the rare opportunities afforded me to get to know them better.  I feel like this most recent visit was the most rewarding of all, as I’m much older than I was when last we met face to face, and, for the first time, I left with the sense that I actually know my aunt and uncle.  It was a good feeling.

My niece sinking her feet in the sands of the Pacific shore.

Beyond that, there is the simple fact that their home and surrounding property are the stuff of dreams.  The structure sits atop a cliff, overlooking the Pacific, and when it’s time for bed, we are lulled to sleep by the sound of waves crashing on sandy shores.  You probably think that’s my favorite part, but it isn’t.  My favorite part sits on the other side of the property, much closer to the traffic than the water.

Flanking the driveway as you enter the property from the main road are rows of fruit trees, with limes, oranges and lemons close enough to touch – even to pluck, if your reach is long and deliberate.

The sight is breathtaking and, instinctively, my mind began to churn with recipes befitting of such brilliantly fresh, homegrown citruses.  And this is what brings me to my first find:

When I discovered Cannelle et Vanille‘s blog, thoughts of my aunt and uncle’s fruit trees came rushing back, full force.  And this terrific treat, had I known of it two weeks ago, would have made it to my aunt and uncle’s dinner table.  Bummer.  Maybe next time!

While I did miss a great opportunity to whip up these mini delights on my trip, an even better occasion is fast approaching, and I’d say that goes for you, too…

… How about these yummy cups of lemony-lime goodness for your wedding day?  What a hit that would be, no doubt!  And, oooh how I would LOVE to be there to try them.  (Will travel for food!)

In her words:

“The limes for these pudding cakes came from my neighbor N.’s tree. She kindly shared them with me when the frost of last week almost destroyed all plants, herbs and anything that was growing around here. We put them to good use in these super light, almost souffle-like gluten free pudding cakes.”

“Meyer Lemon, Lime and Quinoa Pudding Cakes”


You can check out her vast collection of lovely photos, or, for the recipe, visit this post on her blog, Cannelle et Vanille.

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Coming up next: many, many more Fabulous Friday Finds!

{ Photo credit: 2-5, Cannelle et Vanille }

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