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Mactweets go to France

This month’s Mactweets theme is vacation macarons. So since I am leaving today for nearly 7 weeks in France, I felt it my duty to make “macarons bleu, blanc et rouge” in homage to the French flag!  And, whilst I am not technically on vacation in Paris (I’ll be doing some recipe development, teaching some classes – macarons and cupcake decorating – at La Cuisine Paris as well as shadowing many of their chefs throughout a variety of classes, then leading a culinary tour of Paris in association with La Cuisine Paris and Le Dolci for a week), I AM on vacation from my real job and WILL BE on vacation with Neil and my mum and dad in early August in Champagne and Sablet.

Sadly, things did not go to plan the first couple of tries with this endeavour.  Because you know, macarons ARE temperamental.  I can’t tell you how many emails I get from students who have taken my classes with photos of macarons like these <<<.  So in the spirit of full disclosure, I show you that not always do I have perfect macarons. But I work hard at getting them right and understanding them.  And finally I got an ok looking batch! So if you make your own and they don’t always turn out, don’t despair. Patience and practice is what it takes!

Sadly though, the week these worked out was extremely hot and humid in Toronto and they did not last very long at all – even taking them out to photograph them for 10 minutes in the natural light, many of them got sticky and soggy (it was 100% humidity on that day!).  So while they looked good, only a very few of them had the right texture – the majority of them were too soggy :(

The red shells were pomegranate and the blue were blueberry. They were filled with a simple cream cheese frosting.

I was pretty happy with how they looked (after a few attempts!) – really vibrant colours are not something I typically like in a macaron and these *are* a little garish!  But for what they are, they totally work.

Viva Paris! Viva la France!

Want to join me for a culinary tour of Paris this July? Read all about it here. Only one spot left!!!

Can’t join me in Paris this summer?  How about “Un après midi à Paris” – a new class I will be teaching at Aprhrodite Cooks this coming October?  Join me for a sweet afternoon learning the secrets to some classic French desserts: the elusive macaron, profiteroles, tarte au citron, madeleines and mendiants. We’ll be making “petit four” sizes of each in a hands on class and participants will leave with a box of the class’s creations. After the class you will receive recipes to help you recreate your Parisian treats at home. Refreshments of tea and coffee and infused waters enjoyed throughout the afternoon.  Click to book your spot for this exciting new class on Saturday October 13th 2012.

Follow my travels on Flickr this summer with my Summer 2012 set of photos – updated regularly!

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38 Responses to Mactweets go to France

  1. Mr. Neil June 27, 2012 at 07:14 #

    And everyone, can I just say how cool is it that I have a REAL ATLAS (National Geographic, bien sur) that Mardi was able to use as backdrop… ;-)

  2. Cher June 27, 2012 at 09:06 #

    These are beautiful, Mardi!
    Have a great trip.

  3. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 27, 2012 at 09:40 #

    I’m always in awe of your macaron pics. They’re on my to attempt list one day :) And from one dream location to another… safe travels! :)

  4. Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey June 27, 2012 at 09:51 #

    Those look absolutely perfect….I have yet to conquer the macaroon making…one of these days.

    Sounds like a wonderful trip….happy travels:)

  5. Lora June 27, 2012 at 10:33 #

    So colorful. Love them!

  6. Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) June 27, 2012 at 10:47 #

    Good luck in France…it’ll always be a vacation there doing what you love! Beautiful colours Mardi … not garish at all. Sometimes the vibrancy gets you into a happy mood! WOW!

  7. amelia from z tasty life June 27, 2012 at 12:46 #

    Mardi: these are wonderful! I know you made them thinking of the French flag, but they are perfect for an all-American patriotic celebration on July 4th. And of course, bon voyage!!!

  8. Paula June 27, 2012 at 14:10 #

    I did not realize that you would be spending almost 7 weeks in France. How glorious! Macs are difficult enough to bake to perfection without having to contend with humidity issues. Glad that some made it through the day. Have a wonderful time in France and safe travels Mardi.

  9. Coco June 27, 2012 at 14:12 #

    Are they French or American? Both! And just in time for 4th of July!

  10. Kucharzenie Guli June 27, 2012 at 15:42 #

    Above all, good luck in France.
    Cakes are wonderfully colorful

  11. Lindsey June 27, 2012 at 16:00 #

    You may say they are imperfect or unruly but I think they’re fantastic! I would gobble up a handful in a second :) Can’t wait to see you!

  12. workinglondonmummy June 27, 2012 at 17:31 #

    these are so pretty, love the colours.

  13. Riley June 27, 2012 at 18:54 #

    These are so cute! I bet they were a blast to make (and eat!)

  14. David June 27, 2012 at 22:11 #

    Ah you, North Americans and your obsession for macarons…
    They’re cute though.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 28, 2012 at 14:04 #

      Actually I am Australian by birth ;) And I am obsessed because I teach classes and I need to get them right!

  15. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons June 28, 2012 at 12:54 #

    Mardi,
    Can’t believe time has flown already you’ll be here! Love your Tricolours and Mr Niel’s map. Bon voyage. Paris is suddenly BUSY, queues, tourists… but still fun. Hope you packed an umbrella.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 4, 2012 at 14:57 #

      Fortunately I am avoiding many of the tourist traps but cannot avoid the rain. It’s ok though. It’s Paris!

  16. forest June 29, 2012 at 03:32 #

    Those are adorable….can’t believe we don’t see more like that here….especially around Bastille day!

  17. cat July 1, 2012 at 10:54 #

    these are beautiful – love the bright, vibrant colors!

  18. Elyse @The Cultural Dish July 2, 2012 at 21:05 #

    Macarons certainly are temperamental, but I love how these ended up coming out!

  19. Vesta January 20, 2013 at 15:20 #

    I’m new to macarons. I want to make some red ones for Valentine’s Day. What did you use to get that beautiful red color for your gorgeous macarons?

    I could eat them off the page.

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