Jokes apart, today is World Macaron Day. I enlightened my mum to this fact after seeing an Instagram post by the Food Blogger Association of India.. and my heart just skipped a beat looking at those mouth-wateringly delicious goodies! In vain, I tried to control the urge to run to Le 15 Patisseire. My mum, noticing this weird pacing-up-and-down-the-house, asked me whether we could bake up some macaroons. “Well,” I said to myself, “If not macarons, macaroons so be it.”
If you’re an ignorant foodie, let me clear the doubt that has cropped in your mind. ‘What exactly is the difference?’
Macaroons are usually made with desiccated coconut and are quite plain and simple. You could add colour to it, and add some essence (try lemon with coconut, awesome!). On the other hand, macarons are the French mademoiselles. Beauties, beyond compare! They are sandwich-like pastries, which come in an amazing variety of colours. And they have a basic structure- shell, filling, shell. Wait, there’s one more difference that the spellebrity in me points out. the pronunciation. Macarons can be pronounced with an accent like this – muk-a-ron (Yes, Potterheads, Ron Weasley). Macaroons can be pronounced as muk-a-roon (Similar to broom.. Yes, Potterheads, Argus Filch).
So, my mum got all the ingredients ready to prepare Strawberry flavoured macaroons. No, I won’t be parting with the recipe. I’m too selfish when it comes to food. Sorry, rephrase. I’m too selfish when it comes to really good desserts! As mum and I don our baking aprons and get ready to prepare a wonderful batch of macaroons, I think about the last time I had made them. Probably somewhere in June, last year? Yeah. Thanks to college and club activities and a wonderfully designed study schedule by my classes teachers (*sighs), I have hardly got the time to enter the kitchen, let alone bake something. Earlier, I used to be the source of information for my buried-in-medical-books sister about the latest happenings in our kitchen. And now, I’m as clueless as she is.
Well, since I’m not exactly confident about my baking skills, since they’ve gone rusty, I promptly hand over the egg beater to my mom (hand ache!)
The moment the magnificent macaroons are laid to rest in their fiery tomb, I log in and start typing. As I reach this line, I can hear my mom telling me that the macaroons are out!..”Yeah, mom..! Coming with the camera! Don’t eat any!” (Well, that warning is more applicable to me, actually! :-P)
They taste heavenly, as usual. and the Strawberry Kelloggs cornflakes add a certain crunch to it! (There, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut! )
Overall, it’s been a great World Macaron Day with mum! Do share your baking-stories for the day! The comments section is open to you!
P.S. If you’re a Masterchef fan, do watch Season 4, episode 12. The Elimination Round consisted of a Macaron challenge. They had to bake 12 macarons and fit them in a neat little rectangular box. Messy affair, I tell you!
|Happy World Macaron Day to all you foodies!|