January 18, 2010

I Love Macarons - and other pretty things...

I am being fairly strong in my resolution not to buy any new books at the moment but this book - I Love Macarons (which was on sale I must say!) did hook me in. After our trip to the gorgeous Laduree in Paris I am now a macaron advocate - I'm not so sure that I will be able to re-create anything as yummy and beautiful as what we sampled at Laduree but I will give it a go! The reviews for the book on Amazon seem to indicate that the look of the book may be more impressive than the cooking instructions but we will see...

I also picked up a copy of the December issue of British Vogue (yes, we are a bit behind with our international magazines here in Australia!). The cover was just too gorgeous to leave on the shelf I thought and I love reading magazines from the UK - I like to pretend that I am living there!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Macaron's and Vogue what more could you want? And that is soooo Paris. I am a huge fan of Macarons and so am quite envious of this book. The best ones I ever tasted were in Zurich so if you ever go there serious stock pile some they are just amazing!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Wow! Love that pic of the macaroon's on the book - yummy! And a new copy of vogue - yay! I love buying magazines and sometimes I'll go to Borders so I can buy a copy of Red or Easy Living (2 UK mags I was addicted to when I lived there) so I can see what is going on in England and pretend that I'm still there. I saw a recipe for macaroons on Pen, Paper and Cake (a blog I visit regularly) - Vanessa took a class and learned how to make them. Cheers!

Unknown said...

Good luck with the macaroons - they sound hard to make!

Paperback Reader said...

Macarons and Vogue - I am envious! Sounds heavenly.

I am also a big fan of macarons; there's a French patisserie chain here, Paul's, who do delicious macarons and j'adore their pistachio and raspberry ones.

Anonymous said...

I love macarons as well, although they can be a chore to make!

The most reliable recipe I've found is on the Not quite Nigella food blog- the link is http://www.notquitenigella.com/2009/06/29/paintbrush-macarons/

Unknown said...

oh, to taste a french macaron! <3

-Aimee
http://myflutteringheart.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

So many pretty things! I love just looking at macarons - I'm not a huge fan of the taste, but they're so beautiful.

I live in Canada and I buy UK decorating mags all the time. Not quite as good as being there, but better than nothing!

stockdove said...

Haha, I like to pretend I'm living in the UK too :) Although I wouldn't mind all that beautiful Australian sunshine - Canada can be a bit bleak, especially in the winter. Sunshine is wonderful :)

Astrid (Mrs.B) said...

I love Macarons too! They're difficult to make though. I tried a recipe by Nigella once and it was a disaster! I better just stick to buying them. Looks like it's a pretty book though.

Anonymous said...

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booklineandsinker said...

oooh, those macarons look so yummy! when we think macarons here in new jersey, they are some coconut confection. but i know the light and airy ones on your new book are the real thing! good luck baking. :)

Frances said...

The making of a 21st century Proustian novel! And of course you love pretty things!

Karen said...

Hi Simon - I have only been to Zurich airport before and I felt envious then of people who were actually able to get out and explore the city - now I am even more so!!

Hi Nadia - I love RED too - definitely another fave. I will have to check out that blog you mentioned.

Hi Jackie - I know - I'm wondering if they are the best thing for me to try and cook!!

Hi Claire - I'm so jealous, I think I would have to look far and wide to find a shop selling decent macarons where I live.

Hi adevotedreader - thanks for the tip!

Hi Aimee - they were divine!

Hi thecaptivereader - definitely not as good as being there but I will take it for now!

Hi stockdove - I am a huge fan of the sunshine too - that is my big dilemma about actually wanting to move to the UK - I would really, realy miss the Australian summers.

Hi Mrs B - I'm getting a little scared about attmepting these!! I think I might need to be a little more realistic with my cooking ambitions!

Hi Natalie - I think I am going to need all the luck I can get!!

Hi Frances - such a great comment! I will need to read Proust one day so that I can make comments like that and know what I am talking about!

Tamara said...

Macaroon, Laduree, Vogue, Paris - tres chic mon amie! Very elegant and a truly beautiful book. You dont have to make the macaroons - doesn't Laduree deliver?

Karen said...

Hi T - I wish!!!!

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