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Sunday, March 23, 2008

The French may be on to something...
by Cl. Panic (blogger d'invité)


I've never been a huge macaroon fan. My Favorite Adult Associate, who cannot resist baked goods or coconut just loves them (she also likes Macaroon 5; they have some pretty catchy songs).


The other day, though, Willy Wonka carried around a little box for the first half of the day. He actually carried it to his own birthday lunch, and then carried it back to the office. As it turns out, he happened to be carrying around of a box of French Macarons (that's right, ONE O!) that he'd ordered from some high-falutin' bakery that knows how things are supposed to be done in the kitchen -- the French Way.

In the words of my favorite puppet, holy crap! These things were good! Now, they looked like little multi-colored sliders (see photo with NN's thumb's up), but tasted something like clouds scooped from heaver. Dessert heaven.

The French apparently know much, much more about how a Macaron is supposed to be made. I don't know when or where we Americans bastardized it, but our version does not do it justice. Sure this isn't the first time the French were right, but man did we really get it wrong!

So, Mr. Wonka has dedicated himself to making these things the right way. Apparently he not the first to become obsessed with such things. But I fully endorse his efforts and volunteer myself as a test subject to his baking ...

12 comments:

Nonny Nu said...

Those macarons were AWESOME. The texture was just the right amount of crumbly. I don't know if you guys can imagine this, but you know those "brittle-y" types of candies/cookies that get stuck in your molars? It's like a soft version of that, except it DOESN'T stick to your molars. Plus, the macarons came in all sorts of flavors. I had the lemon. It really was like a lemon cloud. Like if lemons could be popped like popcorn. Yeah, it was like a poplemon.

Anonymous said...

Willy Wonka here.

First, I didn't carry them around all day. I did bring them to the restaurant to share at the birthday lunch, but because it was not the most enjoyable lunch for some, I did not want the macaron experience sullied.

Yes...I just said sullied. mwha ha ha.

All the macarons are now gone. So I think it is time to start diving into the grand experiment of making them. Any volunteers to test the sample batches?

And for anyone who wonders...Nonny Nu's background graphic pretty much looks like a bunch of macarons.

Cl. Panic said...

Any volunteers to test the sample batches?
Mi mi mi mi mi!

Green Thumbs commented that she fully endorsed your new goal.... I assume that makes her game for taste tests.

Nonny Nu said...

HAHA! It is very true that my background graphics looks like the macarons. This rabbit is signing up for the macaron guinea pig position.

Nonny Nu said...

Cl. Panic, did you notice that I added a byline to your title?

Nonny Nu said...

btw, this marks Willy Wonka's first ever comment!

Cl. Panic said...

Cl. Panic, did you notice that I added a byline to your title?

I most certainly did. I assume that you also left all of the typos uncorrected?

Nonny Nu said...

That's right. We are not pinko commies here. Everyone is welcome to express themselves in whatever misspelled manner they desire. I only add stuff that's missing (like labels--you were almost right this time, except you forgot the "guest blogger" label) and bylines (so that readers will know from the outset/title that they are not reading a work of Nonny Nu). Otherwise, you will have my unobservant sisters asking you whether the macarons taste like the butterfly cookies from Diamond Bakery in Monterey Park. Do you really want that to happen to you?

Cl. Panic said...

Normally I include my own bylines, but decided not to this time since the information is at the bottom.

And I figured that without a byline, your sisters would assume that you posted it, and so they would email you for questions about Monterey Park, which is just fine by me. ;)

Nonny Nu said...

Yes, you normally do include your own bylines! In fact, your crazy bylines are what led me to institute the Condiment System for Guest Bloggers.

stillman said...

Burning questions of the day:

Why's Wonka blog shy?

Why does doing it The French Way sound dirty?

What happened to NN's bunny paws in the photo?

When do my "TWoNN"-branded macarons arrive in the mail?

Itching and Burning Sensation said...

Why's Wonka blog shy?
Because he focuses on making candy and keeping the oompa loompas happy. He's still reeling from that whole golden ticket fiasco.

Why does doing it The French Way sound dirty?
Because the French do not bathe.

What happened to NN's bunny paws in the photo?
The perm liquid burned the hair off her paws.

When do my "TWoNN"-branded macarons arrive in the mail?
Customs intercepted them because they were lead tainted.