No, no, it’s not a macaron up there ^^ but before you click away let me explain…
I have to say I wasn’t entirely thrilled with this month’s Mactweets theme, A Childhood Summer. For me, summers meant Christmas – and I am not ready to start thinking about that just yet, having just started school with the longest term ahead of me before we leave for Mexico on December 18th (to escape Christmas). I am not a beach girl (case in point, no beaches for us in Mexico) and so the summer often stretched ahead of me with the constant challenge of finding things to do when we were not travelling – my favourite summers were when we escaped to other countries, I guess the start of my love for travel.
So, as a child during the holidays, I read a lot and I baked a little but Christmas really overshadowed much of the summer so, I decided to attempt some Christmas-coloured (not themed, mind you!) macarons. Except that I kind of forgot that folding dry ingredients into egg whites wasn’t really something I can do properly as I nurse my injured hand back to health (yes, yes, Mum – I know you are reading this thinking what on earth was I doing baking with an injured hand but I *am* you and Dad’s daughter after all. Nuff said). So yeah, the macaronnage stage didn’t quite turn out as it was supposed to (batter not firm enough…) and even as I was putting them in the oven, I knew that they wouldn’t work out. Let’s blame the Christmas influence, shall we?
Yes, there are the beginnings of feet and the tops are lovely and shiny, but the collapsing effect isn’t quite what I was going for. Though it could be argued that after Christmas with the family, one feels a little battered about and unsightly.
Sigh. Check out those ones melting into each other. Double sigh. I *knew* I couldn’t attempt any more, even though I had a tiny amount of aged whites left over. I was in too bad a mood and I am of the opinion that you infuse your mood into whatever you are making, thus a second batch wouldn’t work either. Yes, I am nothing if not a pessimist sometimes!
So I put them in a Tupperware and pondered what I could do with them. I have folded crumbled bits of macaron into ice cream before, which tasted great. But I kind of wanted to finish what I started – the dreaded Christmas colours – so I put them to work decorating some mini lemon cupcakes, iced using the same lime buttercream I had planned on sandwiching the macs together with.
I crushed the failed shells in a coffee grinder and it made a pretty powder…
And since I am experimenting with light and learning how to shoot for texture in my food photography class, I took about 14 000 pictures of the little darlings.
So there you have it. Hopefully I will be back in the Mac saddle next month but as I said in my Project Food Blog Post #1, I am nothing if not honest and am not afraid to post my failures. Because, like life, cooking and baking are a constant learning process.
Speaking of Project Food Blog – did you like my first entry? If you did, please head on over here and vote for me before 6pm PST/9pm EST Thursday September 23rd. I have the most fabulous post planned for Challenge 2 and it would be a shame to not be able to post it because I did not advance to the next round…
(if you are not a member of Foodbuzz, you can still vote too – you just need to sign up, only takes a few clicks)
As a thanks for bearing with me through the ups and downs of my culinary adventures, I’m also hosting a $75 CSN Stores gift card giveaway – click here to enter before September 26th.