Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jersey Macaroons

It all began in Paris, as most worth while things do. Last March, while strolling along the Champs Elysees, My daughter, Katy and I happened by Laduree.
Not knowing about macroons, Katy ordered a Le Saint Honore Rose-Framboise. She ate it in the Jardin des Tuileries .
Then in June I was visiting Lynn and Olivier at Aux Jardins des Thevenets. Lynn took me to her favorite Patissier in Espinasse Vozelle.
We bought the most tasty and beautiful macroons. It was there at Jardins des Thevenets, while lunching in garden that I fell in love with macroons. Sweet, crispy and chewy, they were heavenly.
In August, when I arrived in London, Fran, Laura,
Katy and I
decided to lunch at Laduree in Harrods.
The interior of Laduree London wasn't as beautiful as the one on the Champs Elysees. But it was nice and the rose milkshakes were superb.
Katy of course enjoyed another Le Saint Honore Rose-Framboise.
Could we leave without macroons? Not on your life! We bought a box for our hosts and a box for ourselves.
They were opened after dinner and devoured by four adults, two teenage girls and two-seven year old boys. The girls described them as "Bliss in a box".In September on a layover in San Francisco, I googled macrons and found La Boulange Patissier. We set off on a new macroon adventure.
La Boulange is a charming bakery with a very french flavor. Flower boxes graced the front.
A sweet boy placard with the daily specials greeted us as we approached the store.The selection was mind boggling. We chose one of each flavor and two cups of coffee.
We couldn't wait to try them, so we sat out front and ate every one!
They were wonderful. Every bite was perfect, crispy and chewy. Unfortunately, they never made it home to Katy!
This weekend, while visiting my friends Uju and Pascal in New Jersey, I decided to make my own. As you can see they were not perfect.
But Pascal declared them delicious! Although the macroons weren't perfect, the weekend was, and really that's what it's all about. Cooking, eating and enjoying life with your friends and family.
Like the box says, "Have Fun!"

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  1. La Boulange has the best macarons! Glad you tried them :)

  2. I love your story and your photos. I´ve tried to make macarons as well and yours look better than mine did. But they tasted good. However, I have trouble getting motivated to make them, becase we have two glorious choclatiers in our village. One of them--Jean-Philippe Darcis-- makes macarons. Incredible macarons. I had to go to Germany to escape them!

    Thanks for the photos and the story.