An Edible Zoo for a Young Macaron Lover

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France A young person is an honest and cruel critic of all things person-made even if artistic… The same intensity that young hearts turn towards the God-created beauties of nature with, defines their opinion about the art made by their fellow […]

Winter Warmer Wonders: Spiced Macarons with Wintry Fillings

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23, Bible   Winter, for many, seems to bring its ongoing challenges for the body and soul, with its cold, dark, long and hopeless moments, however, just as everything in life, a lot depends on the viewers’ attitude… The cold shows transparent white beauty for those […]

Tea Experience…little differently: Darjeeling-Ginger-Honey Macarons

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Darjeeling is a Chinese tea that grows in India with flavours of French grapes and Himalayan mountain air. It can tastes fruity, wine like. It originates from the Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. It creates a […]

Chocolate, Cinnamon and Honey Macarons, the Italian Way

“If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.” Leigh Hunt Macarons can be made following the French, the Swiss and the Italian Meringue method. Some bakers swear to one, some to the other. Originally fancied in boulangerie of Paris, it has now gained so much popularity all […]

Macaroons Versus Macarons: An Almost Guilt-free All-nut and Chocolate Version

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” Julia Child Think of macaroons one will recall  sweet lumps of  shredded or ground nuts with a golden crust. Thinking of vibrantly colored airy meringue sandwiches equaling a Parisian Kiss, one actually refers to macarons. Though these cookies share similar […]

Lemon Snowdrop Macarons for Saint Nicholas

“Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?” Jon Bon Jovi 6th of December is the day of St. Nicholas in Hungary. Although St Nicholas is usually well known as the ‘original Santa Claus’ or ‘Father Christmas’, historians […]

Preparing the Reindeers for a Night of Hard Work with Pecan-Chocolate Macarons

“The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of midday to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.” Clement Moore, The Night Before Christmas  The story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” originates  from Montgomery Ward, the Chicago-based retail and catalog company. Searching for […]

Kissed By Chocolate: Chewy Cocoa Meringue Cookies

“A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time. “ Levende Waters Some historians say that meringue was invented in the Swiss town, Meiringen by an Italian chef named Gasparini. However, more likely the name meringue for this confection first appeared in print in François Massialot’s cookbook of 1692. The word meringue first appeared […]

Pushing the Boundaries: Dark Afternoon Macarons

“Because after you’ve crossed some lines, you just keep crossing them.” Chuck Palahnuik There is an unusual way how I occasionally describe my baking style: pushing…not on a bad way, but gently against anything that needs a positive force, only forcing things to happen my way. It often includes feeling immense pain and sorrow, and disappointment […]

Walnut Macarons with Dairy-Free Mocha Filling

“I still feel that French cooking is the most important in the world, one of the few that has rules. If you follow the rules, you can do pretty well.” Julia Child I, however feel, that the truly good professional (in all other disciplines as well as baking) is the one who learns all the basics, […]