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Mactweets go to an International holiday party

Because I am short on time this holiday season, I decided to invite my Mactweets friends to the International Incident Colour Party.ย  It got a little messy, as parties at this time often do, so I hope we aren’t kicked out of either ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the IIP this month, we were asked to play with colour. For Mactweets, we were asked to create a savoury-sweet macaron. Being the rebel that I am, I went with a sweet macaron that celebrates the colours of Christmas (even though I don’t really celebrate it)

I mean, when you find colours with names like this, you pretty much can’t go past them…
Despite the weather turning all humid on me the day I was making the macs, the batter looked ok. And – errr – colourful. (and a bit gory!)

A peek in the oven revealed kinda-sorta feet…

But on taking them out, they deflated and got this weird “wet” look on top, though they were baked through.

After a couple of days drying out (the weather of course turned dry and cold the following day), I made a peppermint marshmallow filling, using the same recipe I used for last month’s hot chocolate and marshmallow macarons. But the addition of the peppermint oil seemed to mess with the consistency and it never kind of set. Even in the fridge. That’s when things started to get messy. And drippy…

Let’s just say they were “tired and emotional” shall we? Because people often get tired and emotional at Christmas gatherings, right. I mean, these green ones look positively messed up. Too much champagne on Christmas morning, perhaps?

So sorry, they aren’t the prettiest. And they didn’t even taste that good. The mint essence I used was pure so VERY strong. ๐Ÿ™ As one sometimes needs their drinks over the holidays.

But hey, macs came to the party. And by the looks of things, they had a great time. Berocca or Guronsan all round for these dudes and let’s hope that next month they will be more cooperative. Otherwise, no more parties for them!

Check out what everyone else brought to this month’s IIP by clicking on the links below:

78 Responses to Mactweets go to an International holiday party

  1. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having December 18, 2010 at 19:14 #

    Macarons are always welcome at a party!

  2. veggietestkitchen December 18, 2010 at 19:20 #

    haha, they look great in the photograph. You hid the tired-ness quite well. I had no idea humidity could have such an effect on macarons. How humid was it? Noticeably so, or is this a very technical thing?

    Eggless macarons are my big dream. I’m sure they’re possible but I’m sort of dragging out the discovery process to keep me motivated long enough to thoroughly learn how to cook =)

  3. leaf (the indolent cook) December 18, 2010 at 19:29 #

    So Christmassy! The red ones in particular are vibrant and gorgeous.

  4. Maya December 18, 2010 at 19:29 #

    Well, these bright macarons certainly fit the Color theme! Haha, and they look so slosh-happy too, sitting atop each other like that. They’re definitely the life and soul of any party!

  5. Belinda @zomppa December 18, 2010 at 19:59 #

    How festive!! I love these. Happy holidays.

  6. sara @CaffeIna December 18, 2010 at 20:47 #

    I’m not big at Xmas celebrations but I think these festive macarons are so so so cute. I have decided to tackle macarons for the first time over the holidays. I hope they come out even just 1 tenth as pretty as these. Wish me good luck!

  7. Deeba @ PAB December 18, 2010 at 21:13 #

    They look fab Mardi. I think you are very hard on yourself. They are pretty, not messy at all…and I think they look very festive indeed. Thank you for bringing the red, green & white to MacTweets! Here’s to the holiday spirit! Cheers!

  8. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen December 18, 2010 at 21:40 #

    Bummer that they didn’t taste great because they certainly are pretty! You nailed the colour theme!

  9. penny aka jeroxie December 18, 2010 at 22:28 #

    hahaa… never too much good champagne Mardi! You definitely nailed the christmas look and spirit ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No kicking you out!

  10. Cherrie December 18, 2010 at 22:47 #

    Very Chistmasy! I love the vibrant colours of your macarons. Beautiful

  11. Kate @ Diethood.com December 18, 2010 at 23:00 #

    Gorgeous! I want to eat ’em up! And the photos are beautiful!

  12. Conor @ Hold the Beef December 18, 2010 at 23:02 #

    Haha, great analogies Mardi ๐Ÿ˜€

    I think I’ve got some Berocca kicking around in my medicine cabinet, I’ll sort them out. Will do them a nice big fry up brekky too. We’ll be right as rain in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Super festive photos, yay

  13. Trix December 18, 2010 at 23:15 #

    Yes, I do believe those green ones are having what call an “Elizabeth Taylor morning.” Or maybe a Joan Crawford morning? Either way, the colors are pure crack, I love them – the red (or poinsettia I should say) is just off the hook.

  14. msihua December 18, 2010 at 23:25 #

    They look so visually stunning.. doesn’t matter if they didn’t ”really” turn out! They look beautiful! Merry Xmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz December 18, 2010 at 23:26 #

    Very festive and colorful.You are to hard on yourself for the macs, they look WAY better then any of my attempts.

  16. Paula December 19, 2010 at 00:52 #

    They are truly festive (the red is particularly stunning) and I bet that they tasted just fine too. Your photographs are beautiful and creative!

  17. Casey Angelova December 19, 2010 at 02:52 #

    As someone who has never attempted a Macaron, I think they look great very festive and colorful… Personally, I am not a big fan of mint… unless it is in a mojito. Maybe it is just the artificial mint flavor that puts me off. I will use your collection of Mac posts as an inspiration as I try them for the first time… as soon as I can find some almond flour, I tried grinding some blanched almonds, but it was just gritty, so it became pesto. Happy Holidays!

  18. Andrea@High/Low December 19, 2010 at 08:30 #

    Nothing wrong with your macs raiding your liquor cabinet for a holiday drink, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You still managed to take some beautiful vibrant photos, and could sell some interesting/funny holiday cards with them (especially if you had the macs “talking”!)

  19. Jason Phelps December 19, 2010 at 08:32 #

    I feel like I am missing something. I had never heard of macarons before seeing them all over Foodbuzz this year. I still can’t quite figure why they seem to be so popular and written up as much as they do. Mardi, could you help educate me?

    As always they look fantastic, especially decked out in the rich colors of Christmas.


    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:14 #

      It’s mostly just their unpredictability and contrary nature that make them so addictive. Plus, they taste great!

  20. Ayngelina December 19, 2010 at 09:54 #

    I’m one of the few in the world that doesn’t like macarons but even I am tempted by these photos!

  21. Nancy/SpicieFoodie December 19, 2010 at 13:20 #

    They look so festive and really fit into the IIP colour party. I’ve never made Macarons before, looks like I’ll have some studying to do on your blog. Hope you are having a great trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Daydreamer Desserts December 19, 2010 at 14:16 #

    Yeah, it’s a bit dangerous working with natural essence oils, since they are super concentrated, I think they should add an oil to extract conversion table to the bottle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice try with macs Mardi, on the bright side at least they were color coordinated!

  23. Lora December 19, 2010 at 15:59 #

    The colors are incredible. So festive!

  24. The Duo Dishes December 20, 2010 at 00:30 #

    You gotta share the good and the ‘bad’. Macs are not easy! We’ve had major failures, so every time somebody else has good ones, it’s a time to give them kudos. Enjoy the rest of the holiday celebrations!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:12 #

      Macs are NOT easy and I am happy to share the bad as well so people reading know that they are not as easy as some people make them look!

  25. Cristina December 20, 2010 at 01:48 #

    Mardi: The colors on those festive macs are gorgeous. What a beautiful shade of red. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out as planned…that’s what is so fun about macarons…they’re such a challenge. I need to start working on macs again.

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:11 #

      Yes they are definitely very unpredictable, which is why they frustrate me so – an A type Taurus does not do well with unpredictable things. However I am determined to keep going with them!

  26. Jenny @ meltingbutter December 20, 2010 at 05:40 #

    wow, macaroons always look like such a momentum effort! Well done!

  27. Peggy December 20, 2010 at 06:46 #

    Aww, they’re definitely festive and cute! So what, if you had a few “drunk” macs! They look darn good to me!

  28. cleo coyle December 20, 2010 at 09:25 #

    Fantastic photo styling, Mardi! Your post really puts me in the Christmas mood. Congrats on your very well-deserved Foodbuzz Top-9!!! And, of course…Merry Christmas! ~ Eat with joy to the world! ~ Cleo

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:10 #

      Thanks – at least I could salvage the failed macs with some “fun” photos… ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lori Lynn December 20, 2010 at 12:29 #

    Hi Mardi – They look fabulous. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    P.S. Congrats on Top 9!

  30. janet December 20, 2010 at 12:52 #

    I saw your post before I tried making my own macarons. Mine deflated, too, but I think it was because I took them out too early. When I put them back in I was able to salvage half. It’s the thought that counts, right? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love your colours, though!

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:09 #

      See I have been following the same recipe including timing for macs for the best part of a year now and so the only think I can blame is humidity. It was POURING and damp that day ๐Ÿ™

  31. Kim December 20, 2010 at 15:30 #

    Lovely colors!!

  32. Lael Hazan @educatedpalate December 20, 2010 at 16:03 #

    I love the how to pictures and the wonderful “tired and emotional” Macarons! How fun, Congrats on becoming one of the top 9!

  33. GourmetGetaways December 20, 2010 at 21:26 #

    Awesome story!! I love reading blogs with a sense of humour, and yes we all get “tired and emotional” this time of year. Particularly with champagne and too much sugar. Congratulations on being in the top 9!!

  34. HI Cookery December 20, 2010 at 22:53 #

    Macarons are a challenge to make. But you are to be commended for your efforts. Your photography skills worked magic on your “partied-out” macs. The colors are beautifully vibrant!

  35. Winnie December 20, 2010 at 23:06 #

    Great job Mardi! I just love the colors of these macs and the filling looks amazing. Plus, nice to be in Top 9 with you today ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 21, 2010 at 09:07 #

      The filling would have been better if is would have set ๐Ÿ™ Next time… Nice to be in Top 9 with you as well!

  36. shannon December 21, 2010 at 00:37 #

    I love the red macarons!! Great job. Congrats on foodbuzz top 9!!

  37. Annapet December 24, 2010 at 00:17 #

    Christmas Macarons, awesome! It’s been raining here non-stop and I haven’t even tried for a week!

  38. Jamie December 24, 2010 at 11:13 #

    I told you on twitter how fun and festive these were, pretty or not! Who needs pretty when you have fabulously festive! Perfect colors! Have a very very Merry Christmas, dear!

  39. Corinne @ Gourmantic December 25, 2010 at 19:53 #

    They look festive and adorable, especially the red ones. I know I wouldn’t be able to resist! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xo

  40. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 26, 2010 at 18:42 #

    Lovely! Very fun festive colors. And, even if they were a bit “tired and emotional” your macs look much, much better than anything I would attempt.

  41. Mark December 27, 2010 at 20:49 #

    Macaroons? The one thing I missed this holiday season. I dont know if I can make them as well as you can, but I will sure try. Thanks and happy holidays.

  42. cat January 2, 2011 at 17:18 #

    perfect colors for this time of year!


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