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Playing With Food: Something Yellow

Hello decor8 readers! ! It’s Emilie again reporting from Paris for another edition of my decor8 column, Playing With Food. Are you ready for some inspiration for the weekend? Good!

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Remember last month when I explored the color red? This month it’s time for a little yellow! Just like last month, I was inspired by my travels and the flower fields from train windows, just as I was in my post about red. Inspiration calls to us from every corner. Do you hear it and then, do you listen and obey?

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

This time, I was in the train for go to La Loire, and I passed a field of sunflowers as shown above! Magic! I had a tiny bit of time to take out my camera so I quickly seized the moment and shot from the window as the train rushed ahead into new landscapes. I was so happy though to get my single “magic” shot because it inspired me so much and in turn, this post. I’ve included a few other flower shots that I took while in La Loire to support my current love of yellow and because I think they’ll look pretty woven into this post. See what you think!

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

On returning, I was still feeling inspired by yellow – from the fields to the things that I saw on my travels. I decided to turn the yellow apples on my trip into an apple cake. I guess the sunshine and sunflowers inspired this as the finished product is golden and a bit rustic too. It’s my dads’ recipe, and has caramel on top. (so yummy). If you want the recipe, let me know and I’ll let you know in the comments section. Anyway, it is crispy on the sides and soft and almost melting on the inside! It is THE best cake in the world because it is my father’s recipe, of course, wink, wink. :) But really, it is the BEST cake.

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

I also baked cookies (biscuits) decorated with yellow beads of mimosa, yummy! That single dash of yellow is the perfect topping – sometimes less is more. By the way, don’t you love the shapes? Again, inspired by field flowers…

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Playing With Food: Mellow Yellow

Then, still inspired by yellow, I made a good old-fashioned homemade batch of lemonade to accompany it all with my fresh lemons picked while away. A few cut lemons, water, sugar to taste and and “voila”. Easy.

I hope you like yellow and are enjoying your summer. For my next PLAYING WITH FOOD story to run on decor8 in September, what should my theme be — do you have any ideas?! I’d love to see what you’d like for me to experiment with. A color, a mood, a topic, then I will relate it somehow to food and show you how I’ve Played With Food!

If you’ve missed my previous columns on decor8, play catch up here. – Emile.

Posted by decor8 in Playing With Food on August 24, 2012

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  1. marianna commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 6:46pm

    Thanks for sharing with so much beauty… softness… colors… truly inspiring! Morning now in California… will be a good day after seeing this!:)

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  2. Caroline commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:11pm

    Hi! could you kindly share the recipe of this amazing cake with us?

    It looks really really good

    Thanks in advance,
    warm wishes

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  3. Sarah {Lacquer and Linen} commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:13pm

    Your images are so pretty and refreshing Emile! And that apple cake sounds DIVINE! My husband loves apples, I would love the recipe to try out for him!
    Sarah {Lacquer and Linen}´s last blog post ..A Sunday Tea Party

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  4. Anne commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:20pm

    Lovely!
    Thank you Emilie :)

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  5. Sandra Zerahn commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:32pm

    What a lovely post! I would love to see you play with spices. This might seem ‘boring’ but visually pleasing spices in unconventional ways could be very interesting, and spices is so good to help you keep warm through fall :-)
    Sandra Zerahn´s last blog post ..more wedding pictures

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  6. lorena commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:33pm

    Oh, a recipe for your dad’s apple cake would indeed be lovely! :)

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  7. April Louise commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:43pm

    I love the way you have arranged everything in your photographs, very inspiring!
    April Louise´s last blog post ..Blackbird and the Owl

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  8. Inge commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 7:59pm

    Blue is my favourite colour, together with tangerine… Don’t know why but I’m obsessing over them lately. :-) I’m trying to get more inspiration to start decorating our bedroom. And I’d love to work with a colour accent, but I’m still in doubt which colour to pick! Curious to find out more about your next column, I enjoyed reading this one…
    Inge´s last blog post ..Lovely for little ones: Littlephant

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  9. Irena commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 8:36pm

    Hi Emilie! I absolutely love your column! And the apple cake looks amazing! I was also in France recently, visiting the Loire valley and passing by the sunflower fields :-) Would it be possible to have the recipe for the cake? I’m dying to try it!

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  10. Fiona Humberstone commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 8:56pm

    This is just gorgeous as usual. So inspirational and beautiful. Really looking forward to September. I’m always really inspired by Autumn colour – especially the elderberries. And I would love your dad’s apple cake recipe.
    Fiona Humberstone´s last blog post ..A Day In The Studio

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  11. daphne commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 9:00pm

    Yes, I would love the recipe for the apple cake; looks delicious!

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  12. Mary Jo commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 9:56pm

    Next week I am heading to Languedoc for a three month stay. These photos just got me sooooooooooooo excited!
    Gorgeous!
    Mary Jo
    Mary Jo´s last blog post ..spent daisies

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  13. bessie commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:02pm

    I never liked yellow until recently. A soft yellow is just so refreshing yet almost neutral. Love this post.

    The apple cake looks divine! Please post your recipe!

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  14. ANETTESHUS commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:31pm

    wow! Everything looks delicious! Lovely pics !!

    xx
    ANETTESHUS´s last blog post ..VIS MEG DIN BILDELIST / GIVEAWAY

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  15. tina commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 10:40pm

    great pics!
    tina´s last blog post ..Betty Boop

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  16. Julia commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:02pm

    Punaise! Just wonderful !:-) j ai aussi un ptit bout de ce magnifique Liberty étoilé!

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  17. lissa commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:03pm

    No color cheers me like yellow. Great post. I’d love to have the recipe. I’ve been experimenting with apple cakes & this one looks marvelous. Looks like a cross between a french apple cake & a pineapple upside down cake.

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  18. Stephanie commented
    August 24th, 2012 at 11:24pm

    Definitely want the cake recipe! I think cinnamon would be a great topic. Technically not a food, but…

    Another idea would be to choose something less common but interesting – rutabaga, kohlrabi, star fruit, garbanzo bean.

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  19. sarita commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 12:28am

    I’d love the apple cake recipe!

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  20. Judy Brunk commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 12:41am

    Your Dad’s Apple Cake looks soooooo good. I’d love the recipe.

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  21. Rebecca R. Dyer commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:01am

    Your pics are lovely. . . . just beautiful. very satisfying. and nicely put together.

    And, yes, I would love the recipe for the cake. It looks and sounds delicious!

    All the bsst,
    Rebecca

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  22. Brianne commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:15am

    What a beautiful cake. I would love the recipe!

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  23. Catherine M commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 3:04am

    love all the shades of yellow…and would love the applecake recipe

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  24. Katharine commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 3:22am

    love yellow! Would love the recipe. Great blog!

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  25. Ruth commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 4:08am

    Apple cake is my favorite! I’d love to try this recipe! Thanks for the lovely post!

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  26. Tamara commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 4:30am

    Gorgeous pictures!! I would absolutely live your Dad’s apple cake recipe.
    Looking forward to next month’s color inspired images and inspiration.
    Thank you!

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  27. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 6:20am

    Absolutely stunning!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday…

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  28. Art and Chic commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 7:20am

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  29. Bouboulette commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:28am

    Waouh !! I love yellow !
    Nice pics, thank you !! ^^
    Bouboulette´s last blog post ..~Magic Mike~

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  30. Anu commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:45am

    So much inspiration in one post! I love the combination of pure white and yellow on the last lemonade picture – white just makes yellow to shine!

    It would be lovely to see you playing with warm autumn colors in one of your next posts :)

    Again, really lovely post and thank you!
    Anu´s last blog post ..Five Favorites For Friday

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  31. Marita commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 10:47am

    LOVE your images and thoughts. Would welcome the yummy apple cake recipe. Thank you kindly!

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  32. Laura Passey commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 11:45am

    Bonjour Emile! I always take the opportunity to travel on the train when going anywhere in France. The flower fields are so romantic! It doesn’t happen often enough for my liking, so I appreciated your pictures! x
    Laura Passey´s last blog post ..Modern Wallpaper for a Bold Brief

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  33. audrey (grenier d idees) commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 11:52am

    wonderful shoots!

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  34. marta bahi commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 12:27pm

    Yes! we need the apple cake recipe! it looks delicius!

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  35. Mina commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:31pm

    And I would love to have the lemonade recipe too! :)

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  36. Stephen C-M commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 1:31pm

    Great column and beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to read more! Would love the recipe for the apple cake. It looks delicious!

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  37. Claudia commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 3:46pm

    Yes! Yes! share the recipe, please!

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  38. Four Fresh Peas commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 5:14pm

    Apple season is coming – family recipes are the best, and I would love to have yours – it looks delicious! Great work – love the imagery!
    Four Fresh Peas´s last blog post ..Lunch: On the Bright Side

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  39. Mary Titus commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 5:34pm

    Yes, I would like the recipe for the apple cake above that is your dad’s recipe.

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  40. Christine commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 7:05pm

    Yes to Yellow! and another request for the cake recipe!

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  41. callie grayson commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:02pm

    such a pretty post!
    that apple cake looks very delicious! I need to bake more
    xx
    callie
    callie grayson´s last blog post ..JUST ME: Hair Crushing

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  42. stephanie commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:10pm

    Beautiful!
    Please post the recipe-I would love to make the apple cake!

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  43. Tony Hutchinson commented
    August 25th, 2012 at 10:15pm

    Apple cake looks amazing – please share the recipe

    Many thanks

    Tony H

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  44. Patty Lewis commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 12:09am

    Love your blog. Please share your dad’s apple cake recipe! Thanks so much…

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  45. Little Gray Pixel commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 4:53am

    I definitely would love to make this beautiful cake! Please do share the recipe if it’s not a secret. :-)
    Little Gray Pixel´s last blog post ..The It List

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  46. CJ commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 5:50pm

    Please please . . . The apple cake recipe! Many thanks

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  47. Blenda commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 8:04pm

    Hi Emilie,
    What a happy cheery color yellow is! Everything just looks so enticing…yes, do go with another color themed post. Blue would be nice.
    Blenda´s last blog post ..New Work Friday – Blossoms and Robins Tree Painting

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  48. Phyllis commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 8:35pm

    I am not a fan of apples but my husband is and the cake looks like a nice treat for him. I would love to have to recipe. Thanks

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  49. Guada commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 9:28pm

    Emile your post, both photos and writing are exquisite!! regards from a Decor 8 fan from Argentina …..

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  50. i love sticks commented
    August 26th, 2012 at 11:36pm

    Everyone needs some happy yellow in their home. The apple cake looks mouth watering – would love to try making it. Thankyou!

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  51. Maria Rossi commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 1:46am

    I would love the recipe please. It looks so delicious : )

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  52. Val Rocha commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 2:42am

    I love your blog and the colors. I’d love to try the apple pie recipe, can you share it with me?

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  53. fenny setiawan commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 3:48am

    I am in love with yellow recently, and this is sure a very inspiring post. I always love your ‘playing with food’ series btw :).

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  54. Purodeco commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 12:13pm

    Absolutely love you blog… so much inspiration!

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  55. Judith commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 1:26pm

    I loooooooove yellow & tournesols (sunflowers) too!
    I’d love to see what you do with the same yellow color, but then in an autumnal setting. But well, anything you come up with looks pretty. Merci Emilie!
    Judith´s last blog post ..DIY ABC plate

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  56. christine from decorated life commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 2:48pm

    Thanks for the great post.. love the gorgeous photos and the delicious yellow food treats… recipe? Or is it a family secret.
    christine from decorated life´s last blog post ..DIY Milk Paint Distressed Look Tutorial Video

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  57. Geraldine commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 3:20pm

    everything looks so lovely. Love mimosa yellow and its scent too :)
    Geraldine´s last blog post ..The Notting Hill carnival

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  58. stephanie @ Baba Souk commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 3:30pm

    These little daisy cakes are to die for! I’m in a daisy phase right now anyways! Everything daisy is good to me :)
    stephanie @ Baba Souk´s last blog post ..Papers

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  59. Suze commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 3:51pm

    I’m drooling! Please send the cake recipe!

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  60. Lolo commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 4:01pm

    Oh this cake looks fantastically good. Can you give us the recipe;-)

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  61. Candi commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 6:09pm

    I love all the lovely pictures….and I would love your dad’s cake recipe!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Mariale commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 6:17pm

    Please post the recipe, it looks so yummy!

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  63. Nathalie commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 6:41pm

    Like everybody, I would like the recipe ! Miam, miam !

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  64. Cheyenne commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 8:28pm

    Joining the chorus of, “Yes, please share the recipe!”. Something about the color yellow just feels sparkly and happy :).

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  65. Fuschia commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 9:08pm

    of my fave colours, so glad you celebrated it on your lovely blog! great work!
    oh and…
    apples+caramel= true luv, must have this amazing best cake recipe!!
    Fuschia´s last blog post ..Eyes (and Heart) Wide Open

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  66. Maria @ All Things Luxurious commented
    August 27th, 2012 at 11:03pm

    Oh my goodness — there is so much lovely inspiration packed into this post. I just love it! The colors are beautiful, the cake and cookies look amazing, and the lemonade is making my mouth water! :-) Thanks so much for sharing!
    Maria @ All Things Luxurious´s last blog post ..For the Love of Books: Home Libraries

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  67. Mary-Sue commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 12:43am

    You didn’t actually put the recipe IN the comments, did you? Keep looking for it and don’t want to miss it. PLEASE share! it LOOKS and sounds like the best recipe ever. can’t waste to smell and taste it :o) thanks!

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  68. Danya Robertson commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 4:38am

    Oh yes please, I would love the recipe of your dad’s delicious Apple cake!!

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  69. Kate commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:37am

    Yellow… Sunflowers, happiness, sunshine, lovely… The cake looks amazing please share… My pregnant brain will be obsessed with Carmel apples and cake now!!! (last week it was lemon tart so maybe this bump is into yellow too!):)

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  70. PSbyDila.com commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 9:13am

    What an amazing pictures! And those cookies look absolutely delicious!

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  71. Rasch T. commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:03am

    Wow.. Your pictures are really impressive.
    And it looks very yummy. :) i wish i could taste a piece of the cake. :)

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  72. dagny bjorg from FEEL INSPIRED commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:52am

    My goodness your dads apple cake looks delicious!! May I please get the recipe? That would be lovely :)
    dagny bjorg from FEEL INSPIRED´s last blog post ..AUTUMN ROOM LOVE

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  73. Claudia commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 12:53pm

    Ohhh. I see… it is a tricky! you want to have more visits, so you are waiting to give us the recipe! good luck!!!

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  74. Griottes commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 1:13pm

    Thank you very much for all your great comments, I am very happy that you like it! I’ll translate the cake recipe in English, and I give it to you very soon I promise!
    Griottes´s last blog post ..Anthology magazine

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  75. Tra Wright Knox commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 1:42pm

    What a delicious post! Mmmmm….love the images too! They are so delightful!
    Tra Wright Knox´s last blog post ..I am having a sale!

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  76. decor8 commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 4:42pm

    @Claudia – Emilie is French and the recipe is in French so now that she knows so many are interested in the recipe, she is working on translating it for us. She will post it in the comments section soon.

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  77. Lily Summer commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 5:24pm

    Very inspirational colours and wonderful photography!
    Does anyone know the name of the gorgeous plant between the cookie pictures (yellow flowers on blue background)? I thought it was a kerria japonica, but it is not… Advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much in advance!
    And I’m looking forward to the recipe : )

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  78. how2home commented
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:46pm

    Love your style and all your visuals! Love to have the recipe as well!
    how2home´s last blog post ..How to: Banana Chocolate chips muffin

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  79. margie commented
    August 29th, 2012 at 1:58pm

    the cake recipe is needed please!

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  80. Aliza commented
    August 29th, 2012 at 7:26pm

    Please share the recipe it looks delicious!

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  81. luciana commented
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:33am

    Hi!

    Could you send me the apple vake recipe please? Looks delicious!

    Thanks

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  82. Courtney commented
    August 31st, 2012 at 2:36am

    Did no one ask for the apple cake recipe? I would love to have the recipe, please! I need to make that. The caramel on top sold me, along with the description.

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  83. Kate commented
    August 31st, 2012 at 8:36am

    Please tell me what kind of camera are you using, and lens as well.So beautiful and soft pictures :) Thank you. You are my every day inspiration!

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  84. Bill commented
    September 2nd, 2012 at 5:21am

    I would love the recipe for the apple cake.

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  85. lynda commented
    September 2nd, 2012 at 6:08am

    Yes! I would LOVE the recipe!

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  86. Tasha commented
    September 4th, 2012 at 10:19pm

    Looks amazing, I’d love the recipe!

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  87. Christie Ryan commented
    September 6th, 2012 at 9:04pm

    I would love the recipe for that yummy apple cake! Thank you…

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  88. Christie Ryan commented
    September 6th, 2012 at 9:05pm

    I would love the recipe for the yummy apple cake. Thank you…
    Christie Ryan´s last blog post ..You. (in 500 words or less) Blog

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  89. Sonia Pugeda commented
    September 7th, 2012 at 2:39pm

    I also would love the recipe!! Thanks

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  90. Deb commented
    September 8th, 2012 at 7:04am

    I would love the recipe for the apple cake.

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  91. etta commented
    September 8th, 2012 at 8:53pm

    The apple cake is beautiful. Please share your recipe with me. Thanks!

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  92. claudia commented
    September 11th, 2012 at 4:32pm

    What a shame! still not the recipe? If her problem is the language, she has to put it in French. But do not make a post talking about THE BEST recipe, without sharing it!!!

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  93. decor8 commented
    September 11th, 2012 at 5:14pm

    @Claudia – I have asked Emilie many times and have not heard back from her except for one time when she said she would post it. I noticed on her Instagram that she is traveling so that most likely is the delay. She will let us know, I’m sure. This is not a recipe column, it is simply an inspiring column meant to show how she finds inspiration that she channels into her work as a food stylist and photographer. I’m sure she will give us the recipe soon!

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  94. IndiaLB commented
    October 26th, 2012 at 10:13pm

    Is this an actual joke? The recipe still isn’t up!?

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  95. Ramona commented
    October 27th, 2012 at 3:52pm

    The Apple Cake looks delicious! May I please have the recipe? Thank you so much for sharing!

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  96. decor8 commented
    October 28th, 2012 at 11:13am

    India – Emilie promised to send it with her column this week so I’m waiting for it too – she has been busy I think, but I’m sure she will send it soon.

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