macaron box at the salon du chocolat in Paris 2014

20th Salon du Chocolat Paris 2014

How could you resist? Week 2 of the French school holidays and the 20th Salon du Chocolat in Paris kicked off yesterday.  The kids ruled (my excuse, anyway) so it was time to head over to the Porte de Versailles for a taste. Arriving in the vast upstairs gallery, most people were making for the chocolate dresses.  Hey, [...]

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pumpkin spice potimarron red kuri squash macarons

Pumpkin Spice Macarons & Roasted Red Kuri Squash Filling

Ouf! It’s so good to be back on le blog.  I’ve missed you. These past few months have been quite challenging. Juggling the stress of house renovations, a new bricolage world of riveting French DIY vocabulary has blossomed and I’ve even dabbled in some interior design; the other day I realised it has left its [...]

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Beetroot & Horseradish Risotto with Macarons

The other day I was walking on the sweet side in Paris with a lovely group of Americans.  It’s a chocolate and pastry tour and, as you can imagine, I tend to become particularly passionate when somebody asks about macarons. One question has remained with me this week: “Do you like savoury macarons – and [...]

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Jill Colonna at Waverley Books preparation for the new book in Spring 2015

The next book: a pre-taste at the Frankfurt Book Fair

I promised to keep you updated, didn’t I?  Well, it’s high time I told you why blog posts have been few and far between on Mad About Macarons lately. I’m excited to tell you that my next book will be published with Waverley Books in the Spring, 2015.  Waverley Books has gone though some recent changes: [...]

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Egg yolk recipes frozen creme brûlée

Whisky Toffee Frozen Crème Brûlée with Macarons

It was a sign:  a Scottish saltire traced onto such dazzling blue Parisian skies this week by the routine planes rumbling over us, to and from Charles de Gaulle Airport. It was another reminder of this month’s historic Scottish referendum that has created such a powerful and passionate impact on a country that was already once [...]

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pistachio and strawberry panna cotta and macarons

Pistachio-Strawberry Panna Cotta with Macaron Kisses

Continuing to follow the sun this summer, we stopped for breath in the French Alps.  Walking in the clean, mountain air was the best answer to liberate us from any of the year’s accumulating cobwebs.  Next time I’ll take a bike (although I need to practice on flat ground first) but in the meantime we [...]

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