Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Macarons / Macaroons

I've never heard about French macarons until few weeks ago. I saw some pics of cute and colorful cookies before, but somehow I was sure they are just lovely fake decoration of some kind. I mean, you can't bake cookies in so many different colors with different fillings and make them look so perfect, can you? But obviously you can (well, not me and probably not even you, but some can). When I realized I was wrong, I had to make them to learn how they taste and what's the feeling when they fill your mouth. I read a gazillion of pages, trying to learn exact procedure of making macarons and the more I read the more I was convinced that I shouldn't really try that at all. But I did. And the result was... hmmm, probably not perfect, but close enough... and if you ever wondered, how they taste like - perfectly yummy!

My first green macarons. I have always suspected that I am a cooking genius and that all my cooking failures are just the result of not practicing enough. Now those lovely macarons proved that that's almost certainly true! Maybe I should open a pastry shop, huh? :))

P.S. Recipe follows :).

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Blog awards

That's sooo sweet, all those blog awards. Even I got a few! One is from my talanted crafting friend Kitty:

The other one(s) is from a lovely talanted Romanian crafter Squash:

I am not really sure what the lasr two awards mean, but somehow I know it's something really cool! :)

My rewards go to few crafters who blog:

If you are listed and read this, pick up the award you like, post it on your blog and pass it on.

Take a look at their blogs, I am sure you will love their work and find some insipiration! Thanks girls!

P.S. The cane from the previous post didn't really turn out that well - it looks like a crossbreed of butterfly, moth and dragon-fly. I'll have to put together another one, which will hopefully look like a real butterfly! :) More pics when I find the cable for my camera...