Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No Love at First Bite

The macarons at Payard looked lovely under the sparkling glass display case, so I ordered a couple to accompany my organic peach iced tea. I took one bite of the yellow passionfruit macaron, and a look came over my face. "Heavenly?" my friend asked.

"Er. No. More like inedible," came my surprised response.

It was a hard, chewy, lumpen bit of uninspired flavor. I put down the passionfruit and reached for the classic chocolate macaron, hoping that the passionfruit was just a fluke. But the chocolate was, if you can imagine, even worse. It had the consistency of a brownie that had been left on the table for several days. It's hard to believe that a patisserie as celebrated as Payard can whip up such lovely dessert confections, and yet have "macarons" that in all honesty should don't deserve the honor of the name.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Elegant Ice Cream Sandwiches

Delish, lovely and super easy, Twig and Thistle's recipe for these gorgeous ice cream sandwiches is really more of a simple crafting project. You'll need a carton of ice cream and butter waffle cookies from Trader Joe's to begin with. Find the complete instructions here.