I’ve got colours and flavours a-plenty
I’ve got textures and tones galore
You want a simple dessert?
I’ve got complexity!
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more (macarons)….!!!!!
Sorry, friends, I had to burst out my inner Ariel there for a moment. Because holy-filpperin’-flounders, what a joy macarons are!!!! I totally understand what Ariel meant now when she sang “out of the sea…wish I could be…part of that world” because I just about pranced about my bedroom exclaiming that when I ate these tonight. They are just divine, with a capital ‘D’! And by “that world” I mean the world where it is LAW for macarons to be served at least once a day. Mind you, they wouldn’t be as special, then, would they? They certainly wouldn’t be such a treat and we would probably all be well passed obesity. But, guess what!? I don’t care, I want MORE!!!!!!!
|From left to right, front to back: Raspberry, Vanilla, Passionfruit, Salted Caramel and Mint Chocolate. Or, if you wish, you can read that as: delectable, mouth-watering goodness!|
If you don’t know what macarons are or *gasp* even worse, think I mean the hardened coconut pieces that are delicious but have NOTHING on these darlings, let me clarify. Macarons (yes, that is the correct way to spell it) are a French delicacy that are made from a sweet meringue-based blend consisting of eggs, sugar, almonds and food colouring. There are dozens of flavours known to mankind, all with different colours and fillings. They are presumably the best in France, their home and native land, but us Canadians have to settle for what is available here. Now, in my fairly tiny city, you can only get what I like to call (sorry kiddies) “half-ass” macarons at Whole Foods, which I tried a couple of years ago and instantly hated. I tried them again about 9 months ago and decided they weren’t for me. Since then, I had a couple at Christmas when we visited a friend who (SOMEHOW) brought them back from a recent trip to Asia and the moment I tried them, I knew. It was love at first bite.
See, I had discovered that it wasn’t that macarons were gross, it was macarons from WHOLE FOODS were gross. After my revelation I’ve had them whenever I’ve gotten the chance, and today, my friends, I got a chance! This weekend, I’ve been in Toronto, staying with a friend (thanks so much, C, I had a great time!), doing various fun things including meeting Estée of essiebutton! She’s super nice and even more beautiful in person than she is on screen in her YouTube videos and her photos on her blog. I didn’t get a chance to say much to her, but I can say that I met her, which is something I am very happy about and grateful for! Anyways, on the way home, I stopped into a market (owned by Loblaws, you sly dogs, you!) and lo’ and behold, the bakery had macarons! I actually DID know that this grocery store did have them, but I’ve never really paid much attention until the last 5 months or so (after my macaron revelation!). They are quite expensive considering what you are getting, but DAYYUUMMM, they worth it! 🙂