rose macarons in a gift box by Mad About Macarons

Mad About Macarons Book #Giveaway

I promised to let you know about the GIVEAWAY from The Good Life France.  Well it’s now live on Facebook, thanks to Waverley Books. To enter, comment on this macaron post on The Good Life’s Facebook page and share with as many of your sweet (and savoury – remember there are spicy sweet/salty macarons too [...]

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greedy stack of colourful Parisian macarons

Visiting The Good Life France

I am enjoying the good life in France, you could say.  Over twenty years in Paris and it just gets better: good food, good wine…. plus macarons!  This week, I’m also enjoying good company at the online travel magazine, The Good Life France who have featured a short interview plus other treats.  Join us for a [...]

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Ample Hills Ice Cream Brooklyn New Location

What to do in New York City with Teenagers

This is the first time my kids came with us to New York City.  Our last time was two years ago, when I spent a large part of my time checking out baking shops and macaron stores.  This time, I spared the girls from my usual mad pastry tendencies and asked, “What’s the best programme [...]

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Lemon Thyme Tart Recipe

The Boat House Edinburgh: Lemon & Thyme Tart

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Scotland, I’m taking you on a whirlwind trip there, just like I did last week.  Back to my roots and wonderful family. Back to loaves of raisin bread, toasted with melted butter in the mornings.  Back to oak smoked salmon and mackerel and a great choice of New [...]

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baked macaron shells with perfect feet

Macaron Fillings: XL or Dainty?

Do you recognise this photo taken while making macaron shells with the MacShapes parchment paper recently?  Well, I’m intrigued and would love to hear your opinion on the subject of filling size. At this stage some macaronivores push their thumb into the centre of each macaron shell in order to be able to use the maximum [...]

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macaron window display at Serge's in Le Touquay, Normandy, France

Le Touquet – where France meets England over Macarons

It’s more likely to be in the Eurotunnel or over a football match.  But this weekend – birthday partying in between – as most normal people were drawn to cafés and bars to watch the World Cup on big screens, I was drawn instead to this pâtisserie window. Well, wouldn’t you if you’re mad about [...]

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