To celebrate Macaroon Day (March 20, 2011) I drove 15 miles to a Swiss Bakery and picked up these little gems. They were sold in sets of 3 or a larger package of 6. I saw no reason to limit my taste test. All in the name of blog research, of course.
Their size may surprise you. At roughly 1 inch (2.54 cm) in diameter, they are tiny bites of pure pleasure.
Carol Gillott, author of Paris Breakfasts blog, advises, "Macarons are supposed to be petit - un péché mignon (a little sin)."
Macarons also come in two larger sizes but not many people buy them. Parisians prefer the smaller, guilty pleasures. Who am I to argue?
Light, crunchy meringue exteriors give way to soft, gently flavored interiors (lemon, lime and strawberry are pictured) with a buttercream or ganache filling.
I am so wild about these almond-and-air confections that I bought this from Amazon.com:
The book should arrive later this week. Once it does, it will be time to get baking! Cross your fingers that I will be able to make macarons to feed my foodie appetite.
A Time for TattingAs for lace, I have finished the first of two 12 1/3-inch (32 cm) edgings and am working on the second.
Design by Orsi (part of her Napoleon series)
These edgings will adorn a pair of Easter socks.
Adult size Easter socks for my niece Jalice. Silly hats and crazy socks are popular pieces in the fashion repertory of my family.
I still haven't begun the meandering vine edging that Lace-lovin' Librarian Diane has been testing for her sister. And there are still Easter egg laces to try. So much to do and so little time!
Wishing you all blissful me time to create something beautiful. See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea!