The macaron: For many novice pâtissiers (i.e. myself), it’s like an elusive mythical creature. For the longest time, I couldn’t seem to get the sweet meringue-based sandwich cookie right. Last December was a disaster. And last weekend was an improvement but still not quite right. But I’m not one to give up. Like my trials making bread, I found that part of my inability to replicate these … Continue reading the man, the myth, the macaron!
It’s no surprise that February, being the shortest month of the year, is flying by. So it’s taken me a while to get around to this post, which really should have gone up closer to Valentine’s Day, the day after which my friends and I had our own celebration. It all started with my friend Margie asking what we were going to do for Valentine’s … Continue reading ‘treat yo self’
There is nothing like a good crepe. Trouble is, so many places make bad crepes. I won’t name any restaurants, but if you are eating at a chain, don’t order the crepes there. Sweet or savory, it will never measure up to a homemade recipe. Some of my strongest childhood memories involve breakfasts featuring the thin French pancake. I can still picture my mom pouring … Continue reading that takes the (crepe) cake
I know it’s already February and I am a week late posting about my last bread and soup adventure, but better late than never, right? I call it an adventure, but really it was more of a beautiful disaster. Beautiful: the soup. Disaster: the bread. It seems I am destined to fail at free-form bread making. At the very least, there is more of a … Continue reading a beautiful disaster