A Macaron Tower for Hallowe’en

We’ve had such fun today. I love it when it’s Hallowe’en and the girls are on mid-term school holidays. We end up doing all sorts of mad things, like making chocolate spider macarons this time.

Lucie insisted on chocolate, even if aesthetically speaking spiders are not chocolate. This was the first time the girls made their own macarons from start to finish! OK, I’ll be dead honest: they did have a couple of ‘mummies’ around, just to keep an eye on them…

Spiders’ legs were made by unwinding liquorice spirals (ahem, Julie loves them so much we didn’t have much left for cutting them up!) and sticking them into the dark chocolate ganache before assembling them with their macaron shell tops. We covered a polystyrene cone with a witches hat and pierced halved cocktail sticks through it, so that we could stick on the macarons.

Update: the sugar eyes were bought at New York Cake in NYC – I just stuck them on the macarons using some melted chocolate, deliberately making the chocolate underneath ooze out a bit for a black-eyed effect.  I see they’re also available online on Amazon (Wilton). You can make your own candy sugar eyeballs, but it’s just as easy using mini smarties or M&Ms and drawing black dots in the middle of them using a black food colouring marker pen.

One for the family album?

It’s not finished yet but this is just a quick peek for you before we attack it all tomorrow for Hallowe’en. I feel like sticking on more spiders and lollypops – and changing that head? Och, I’ve stopped being a perfectionist. We’ve had a ball.

Have a fun and deliciously spooky Hallowe’en!

With the back finally on the mend and the house project becoming slightly more manageable, I’m looking forward to being back in action again next week.  A bientôt!

Not Mushroom to Moan but Going In-Seine

I know. It has been a bit silence radio here, as they say in France. I’m not going to moan but just to say I haven’t forgotten about you, my sweet macaron friends.

Blooming on the local bridge over the River Seine

Instead I’ve been going insane with recurring back problems since the summer. It’s lovely to be told to do no housework, no lifting shopping, no gardening but sitting at the computer has been an even worse idea. After various diagnoses, I think I’ve finally found the right doctor and am happily cancelling surgery this month. It just goes to show that you need to ask around and, in this case, it’s thanks to friends on Facebook!

Driving a macaron golf ball in-Seine

Meanwhile our house improvement project is in full swing: anyone who follows me on Pinterest will see I’m having fun finding ideas, especially for my new office in the attic, a place I can hide and nibble on my favourite chocolate so that I can work on the next exciting venture. If you have storage and design tips for the kitchen and pantry, I’m especially all ears: the pâtisserie moulds and other foodie odds and ends are taking over the asylum! I’ll talk about this in another post. Why is it that so many other things are urgently needing repaired or replaced at the same time?

With mushroom season sprouting around Paris, you must try this dinky little mushroom cappuccino recipe. And, for all of you mad about macarons, enjoy it with a mini mushroom and truffle macaron. Delicious with a glass of chilled Jura white wine…like Vin Jaune, hmm.

As I gradually get straightened out from looking like a twisted Eiffel Tower, please do swing by and say bonjour via Instagram and via the usual social chatty buttons at the top. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite photos I took at this time 2 years ago, in case anyone missed it. 

A Macaron Mushroom? It’s magic.

A très bientôt !