Green-macaron-shells

Green Macaron Shells and Ideas for Fillings

No, it’s not St Patrick’s yet. This week I wanted to treat hubby’s colleagues to macarons at tea time. Shh… you know the company that brought the Rolling Stones to Paris for the Biggest Secret Event of the Year just last month?

Their company colour is dark green, so with half a teaspoon of powdered green colouring the macarons turned out green alright!  Turning to our Facebook MaM friends for motivation with the filling, these marvellous macaronivores had many interesting flavour ideas: Thai Green Curry; Pistachio (see my pistachio colouring post on this); and wasabi. They’re great, but the recipes are already in the book! I needed something a bit different for the next book. Green Tea and Mojito popped up – that was it! Hm. I wonder what green tea would be like in a Mojito? Have you ever tried it?

With only some incredibly dark rum rather than white rum in stock, there was no choice. In it went with the lime, lime zest and mint from the garden (sorry about this photo, as discovered the tiny holes from a wee friend in the decor leaves after I put this up!) Just sniffing Appleton Estate’s rum is enough to dream of sunnier climes. If you love your rum cocktails, head to the Cayman Islands with Carsley of the Deep Dish for plenty of inspiration.

For macarons rather more sober at afternoon tea, then Rose and Green Tea was colourful. I simply followed the recipe for rose macarons (page 45) but infused green tea in the cream first. You don’t get much of the green tea since the rose dose was quite powerful. Perhaps I need to tone it down a bit for next time.

If you want to be glitzy for the holiday season, then rub on some metallic food colouring or lustre with a brush or even better, with your fingertip. There’s something so therapeutic in doing this part. I have some wonderful rose lustre (see 2nd photo) but my favourite is the bronze one from Deco Relief (rue Montmartre.) As I was preparing these caramel colour shells, I was dreaming of that rum island again for inspiration for the next flavour.

Goldfinger!

Speaking of gold fingers, I’m relieved to have found a wizard of an Osteopath in Paris to sort out my back. Thank you all so much for your lovely well wishes. I’ve discovered over the last couple of years that back pain is tougher than giving birth and just as embarrassing when the coccyx has to be straightened. It’s nearly over – hopefully – but the Osteo is good.

Like all French doctors, he’s also good at answering the ‘phone; right when you’ve stripped to your undies and feeling vulnerable before examination. Standing waiting until it’s over can feel long, especially when the conversation is not about how to deal with an urgent pain relief situation but about the bin management on the street with a neighbour. “Did you know that the Sushi restaurant is selling up?  So will the new sandwich bar have the same kind of clients, do you think?” Fascinating. Speaking of clients, hello?  Shall I get dressed again?

Enfin, the call ends then brrrrrring; excusez-moi, I have to take this as it’s coming from out of town. Hello?  I’m from out of town and I’m Here. In this room. Feeling rather bare. I should look on the bright side; at least it wasn’t at the gynaecologist! I’ll spare you with that story as it’s one I can only tell after a few glasses and it’s far too early in the evening here.

I’ll leave you with the image of the bronzed shell, looking forward to a glass of rum. Cheers to you and have a wonderfully, panic-free week. Christmas is ages to go yet! 😉

33 replies
  1. Amy @FragrantVanillaCake
    Amy @FragrantVanillaCake says:

    Jill, these macaroons are all so beautiful and festive! Even though I am vegan, I cheat and eat macaroons once in a while. I would love to sample each of yours, they sound so delicious :)! Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      THanks so much, Amy. Holiday season hasn’t started yet and things are a bit MAD but we’re looking forward to finally sitting down and relaxing! Enjoy the festivities and all of your lovely sweet goodies.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      I even brushed on this bronze colouring on to our Millefeuille pastries last night – testing again – great fun! Enjoy your holidays too, Nami xo

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  2. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    Isn’t funny but I have never been a green person (although I love pistachio) but my mom would love the green. I personally am nuts for those shimmery gold macs! Festive indeed and perfect with Champagne.

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  3. Gina
    Gina says:

    I vote for the mojito. I’m going to try your goldfinger trick next time. I used a brush and it was too messy. If you are ever in CA and need a taste tester, please don’t forget about me.
    -Gina-

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  4. parisbreakfast
    parisbreakfast says:

    WOW
    WOW
    WOW
    No wonder these macarons are gorgeously the color of M O N E Y!
    You never said boo about attending this concert :O
    I hope you DID attend it didn’t you???
    Holy moly

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Hehe. Good one! No, I said boohoohoo on that one. Biggest upset of the year for us, as by the time the secret got out, we’d already planned to see family in Corsica (hadn’t seen them in 2 yrs!) But, we got the T-shirt.

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  5. Simonne
    Simonne says:

    beautiful macaron!
    I love the green green colour and the gold dust ^_^
    Jill, have you try using “oil based” colouring on macaron shell?

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Simonne,
      No, I haven’t ever tried oil-based colourings. On the macaron shells, I just rub on the metallic lustre food colourings and in making the shells I add powdered colourings.

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  6. Liz
    Liz says:

    I love how Carsley inspired you to make a tropical macaron…mmmmm mojito! Glad you found a doc who will get you back in ship shape….and thanks for the giggle…if they’d only turn up the heat in those offices!

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  7. Paula
    Paula says:

    I read your earlier post on your back issues and never had a chance to reply. So glad to see that you are finding some relief with this new therapist.

    Your macs are all gorgeous of course and I love the deep green colour of the ones made for your husband’s colleagues. The filling flavours are incredible and the gold dusted ones are so fitting for the holidays.

    Best wishes for continuing relief from back pain. Hope you are able to rest up and gear up for the holidays without being in pain.

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  8. Brooks
    Brooks says:

    Superb looking macarons, Jill! I love the color contrast of the rose and green tea, but you do wear glitz well. Above all, I’m delighted to hear you’ve secured a good Osteo. Season’s greetings frm NorCal.

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  9. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen
    Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen says:

    Hi Jill

    What a stunning selection of Macarons – we are spoiled for choice. I especially love the glitzy gold ones – beautiful. Glad you’ve found a good osteo – despite his little foibles – although maybe you pick up some good restaurant tips as you stand there shivering behind the screen 🙁

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Screen, Hester? Who said anything about a screen? 😉 At the doc here, that’s a rare luxury. Believe me, you have to shiver, fume, scowl, look at the ceiling and pretend that it’s no big deal… Glad you like the glitzy ones – on the next post coming up! Thanks for your sweet comments.

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