rose macaron birthday cake

La Vie en Rose Macarons

Are you feeling rosy, today? I have to admit, I’m still blooming emotional: yesterday it was our turn in France to celebrate Mothers’ Day. Each year I get increasingly gushy, as my lovely girls compose their own poems for the Fête des mères.

dusky pink garden rose

This time they confirmed their knack of making me swell up with proud and happy tears, listening to their precious words – by way of a new recipe note book, starting with a gorgeous poem called “Recipe for the Cake of Love” (from the French film, “Peau d’âne”). They didn’t make a cake (perhaps that’s for next year?) but they printed out an internet cake!  We spent the day en famille with hugs that you wish could last forever. I told you I was feeling soppy…Even at the local market, all Mums were handed a rose, thanks to the Mayor.  Is that not sweet?

child's poem in French for Mother's Day


We finished off the day with rose and white chocolate panna cottas, with a cherry cardamom sauce – using the only cherries left from the tree in the garden (the pigeons ate the rest: nearly the blooming lot!) – plus a few rose & cardamom macarons on the side. 😉 (Apologies, the photos were rather blurred so used this earlier one; photos and Champagne don’t go well together, it seems…)

rose pannacotta and cherry cardamom coulis


All of this rosy feeling was triggered last week, on my favourite metro line in Paris: line 6, direction Nation.  It’s the metro where you come out of the tunnel and are suddenly surprised with daylight. After leaving the stop, Passy, the Eiffel Tower just hits you with all its grandeur.  Just at that moment, a busker started up a Piaf arrangement of La Vie en Rose on the accordian.

Now, how French-sounding could that be? Once you hear it, it’s difficult to get that tune out of your mind. Why not feel rosy and sing along with Edith Piaf..and read on. Although her songs are mainly melancholy, they’re so uplifting.

French garden roses


I used to pass Edith Piaf‘s Paris appartment in the 16th Arrondissement, on the way to work in the bus, every day for 10 years.  Each day I’d pinch myself thinking, “she used to walk along that very pavement in Boulevard Suchet.”

pink macaron patisserie heart shape by Eric Kayser Paris

Back up at my favourite shops in St Germain-en-Laye, I needed some inspiration for two birthday “cakes” and some pampering for Mothers’ Day (well, they needed ideas, n’est-ce pas? ;-)) I HAVE to make this giant macaron heart shape with red fruits when I have more time.

au nom de la rose Paris


This rose boutique ensures that a pile of rose petals are added to the bag carrying your bouquets, which is just so classy. They also sell the most enticing bitter chocolate bars with crunchy rose petals in them.  It’s a far cry from the Turkish Delight we used to get as kids and has restored my belief in chocolate and rose together.

French rose cottage


This scene just did it.  A house for sale just around the corner from us, along by the River Seine.  It just looked so rosy and French, heu, heu, heu. The house is just at the spot where William Turner set up his easle and  painted the view of the Château over the bridge to Saint Germain-en-Laye.

Turner painting of the Seine


All along the banks there are other paintings by the Impressionist painters. It’s unbelievable to think they were walking along the Seine just like you and me.  More on that later but back to my roses. As my good friend, Felicity, adores rose macarons, I couldn’t resist making her a wee macaron tower. Hm.  It was a bit tricky to transport it in the car!

rose macaron tower arial view


Then, to celebrate my heroïne, Raymonde’s 90th birthday last week, the rose theme continued: this time with chocolate-rose macarons.

rose macaron birthday cake decoration


So, as you can see, it has been a rather rosy week!  Well, there’s nothing quite like the emotion of biting into a rose macaron. Delicately perfumed and floral pink, this is sheer gourmet luxury.

rose macaron birthday cake


Let the celebrations continue by serving this with a glass of pink Champagne and just let your toes curl.  I lift my glass and rose macarons to all Mums out there, all of you with birthdays, good friends and macaronivores. Cheers: you deserve it! Oh, and it’s not just females who love rose macarons, I’ve discovered. 😉

say it with rose macarons Recipe in Mad About Macarons

Egg Yolk Recipe Series

I have been so glad to welcome my friend, Biren from Roti n Rice, this week.  She has shared her fabulous recipe for Mango Egg Tarts, as part of the egg yolk recipe series.  She adds a beautiful twist to egg tarts with her exotic touch but also with a deliciously crunchy base.  The recipes are building up now for your egg yolks, so there are no excuses to discard them!  To see all the other recipes, click on the Egg Yolk Recipes categories of the website.

Le Blog Awards

I am also feeling rosy since I have been lucky enough to receive some more blog awards from my fellow blogger friends.  A huge thank you both to CitraKale and Suzy Eats for the Stylish Blogger Award…

…and then I couldn’t believe I received a bunch of awards from Elyse of The Cultural Dish and also from Manu of Manu’s Menu. It’s so flattering to be given all of them from such lovely friends and such super bloggers.

Thank you all ever so much!  Now I just need to find a way to add these awards as widgets on the site – i.e. making it pretty on the sidebar and setting up a page for it… I’m needing some time to catch up!

I have been so bowled over by everyone’s adorable comments on Le Blog and on Bonus Recipes each week.  I adore hearing from you.  Although I don’t respond to them all directly on this website, I do try my best to show how much I appreciate your words by dropping in to say hello on all of your blogs.  I just wish I could spend more time doing this, as it’s such a lovely atmosphere in the blogging world, n’est-ce pas?

Apologies – this is a longer post today.  I didn’t have time to do a shorter one!  I’m going to take a wee break, folks, as this is a crazy time of year for end of term school activities, shows, piano exams, house guests, etc. Even multi-tasking is taxing. And just as I write this, I’ve put my back out!  Oh-là-là. Too many rosy celebrations, perhaps? Will be back later! 🙂

Bonne semaine en rose !

54 replies
  1. Lori Lynn
    Lori Lynn says:

    I adore roses (just posted an arrangement from my garden) and so I adore this post. Is there anything more lovely than roses and macarons and champagne?

    Love your macaron in the basket with poppies in the latest post too.
    Your site is enchanting…

  2. ping
    ping says:

    Awww… I’m sorry you hurt your back. All that bending over to pipe all those lovely macarons can’t be too comfortable … I got it just doing 1 measly batch and I don’t think I’m that tall by european standards. Wish you a speedy recovery.

  3. parisbreakfast
    parisbreakfast says:

    J’adore the ‘rose’ macaron bouquet!!
    You are too much Jill 🙂
    So sorry about your back going out or where ever it went. There is something called a ‘Tens unit’ and it stimulates and relaxes the tense muscles for 15 minutes.
    They used it on me at the clinic but you can also get one on Amazon and do it yourself.
    Massage helps too.
    Quelle dommage 🙁
    Feel better soon

  4. Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Mothers Day 🙂 Lovely post Jill…And congratulations on your awards, as always very well deserved!
    P.S. What do you mean photos and champagne do not go together…so that’s my problem 😉

  5. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    You are definitely a macaron queen, I’m in awe of your skills and beautiful macarons! I love the giant pink heart…Pierre Hermes better watch out! 😉

  6. Hester Casey - Alchemy
    Hester Casey - Alchemy says:

    Love your rosy post, Jill, and your photo journal of your rosy week is really charming. The recipe notebook is a lovely gift from your girls, particularly with such an appropriate poem there everytime you open it.

    Also, great interview on Bromography.

  7. Lisa McDonnell
    Lisa McDonnell says:

    Happy belated Mother’s Day to you dear Jill! What a lovely rose colored post! I had some delicious macacrons from a little bakery this weekend and thought of you! I’m clicking on your Amazon link and buying your book to give it a whirl! Wish me luck!

  8. Biren @ Roti n Rice
    Biren @ Roti n Rice says:

    Aww Jill, you didn’t have time to write a shorter post? You crack me up my friend! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    Dusty roses are one of my favorites. I used to grow roses in Colorado but they do need a lot of TLC and let’s say TLC is much needed elswhere these days. 😉 All your blooming creations are just awesome! I need to join in the fun and start whipping up a batch of macarons soon. I am still a little intimidated but hopefully I’ll have beginner’s luck on my side.

  9. Spinneys Cauldron
    Spinneys Cauldron says:

    Ooooh its good to be sensitive Macaron Maestro, shows your humanness ha ha 🙂 The girls must be very proud of their Mum as you are of them. What a beautiful post & a fabulous celebration to honour Mum’s.

    Stunning macarons & other desserts mmmmmmmm

    Here’s to the Love of a MUM . . a generous unconditional kind greatly needed love shared to all children & adults alike all over the world 🙂 (its part of the Emotional Recipe bit 🙂

  10. Claudia
    Claudia says:

    Mother’s Day just gets sweeter and sweeter. I remember when it was prompted by Dad and as the years passed how the kids instigated it. Yours sounds perfect. And your rosy macaron elicits smiles.

  11. Ruby
    Ruby says:

    Gorgeous! I hate pink but j’adore la vie en rose. 😉 Whenever I’m in Paris I take a rose to Edith Piaf’s grave. What a sad life she had, but what joy she brought to so many, myself included. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂

  12. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!!! And what a great mayor and sweet girls you have?!?!? And, um, did you say cherry cardamom sauce?!!?!??!?!!??!? Ah, does that ship well? 😀 Haha! Seriously Jill, I want to DRINK that sauce it sounds so good!

  13. Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Hi Jill! I’m a little better and I’m catching up. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet message. Happy Mother’s Day! Your daughters are so nice writing poems! Wow… Your pink roses made me very happy and brightened my morning, and OH MY this is the tower! You are really crazy, Jill! Your macarons are already amazing and you made it into a tower. Only you would do that! :-O And the cake looks gorgeous too. I enjoyed reading pink post today. 😉

  14. Anne
    Anne says:

    What a lovely post! I feel like I just went on a tour with you! Happy Mother’s Day. I’m glad you had a wonderful celebration. The rose macarons are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a special occasion with us! : )

  15. visda
    visda says:

    Happy French Mother’s day Jill! It seems you had a wonderful one. It’s also so beautiful how you relate to Edith Piaf’s songs and even her house.:-) and of course those rosy macarons look gorgeous and yummy. Enjoy your rosy week.

  16. Ivy
    Ivy says:

    How sweet of your daughters! Happy mother’s day. I am sure you had a wonderful time and all your creations look so beautiful Jill. La vie en Rose is one of my favourite songs:)

  17. Liz
    Liz says:

    My, you are enveloped by such sweet inspiration…your girls, friends and city! I know what you mean about the end of the year activities…it can be overwhelming. Your rosy post has cheered me up today…such beautiful arrangements of macarons..such a lucky friend to receive that tower 🙂 Enjoy your break, Jill…we’ll see you soon~ xoxo

  18. Chris's Gourmet Fashion
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. So many things I loved about it. I felt like I was walking along the Seine too! Those pink macarons are so pretty. I just have to try to make some one of these days. Congratulations on all your awards, you have a lovely blog.

  19. Erin
    Erin says:

    How sweet! Love all the pink and roses – so happy and spring and full of love! Makes me want to visit France again sooner rather than later!

  20. Spice Sherpa
    Spice Sherpa says:

    Your post has captured all that is feminine and pink in the most elegant way. Beautiful scents, scenery, history, a touch of romance but not too much to get goopy), gateaux amusantes, and of course…motherhood. Wow, I feel rosier for having read it. Now I want to be in Paris, as in, right now.

    Merci millefois!

  21. Spice Sherpa
    Spice Sherpa says:

    Oh yes, I love that the mayor had roses for the women. The typical flower gratis here is a carnation! And an artificially dyed-one at that. Call me a brat but there is absolutely nothing special about a single carnation. If course I’m picky about my roses too. They must have a scent, that’s the purpose of a rose.

  22. Brandie
    Brandie says:

    Your daughters are amazing! What a special treat for their Mum. I would have been gushing too!
    And those rose macarons!! Who wouldn’t love to be the recipient of those. Do some of them have white chocolate in them> Oh, my favorite!

    • Jill
      Jill says:

      No white chocolate in these ones: either dark chocolate or plain rose or rose infused with cardamom. White chocolate can be a bit longer to make, as slightly different setting times than dark chocolate, so this is easier…

  23. Manu
    Manu says:

    Another great post my friend! That big macaron heart is indeed inspiring!!! I will have to try and make some rose macarons myself! They look divine! Do take some rest if you can… I know it can be quite hectic!!! Hugs!

  24. The Absurd Baker
    The Absurd Baker says:

    Wow, what a crazy pink love. I love them all – including Edit Piaf’s song, but specially fell in love with the cherry cardamom thing – oh and the panacotta! Yum, can’t stop thinking about roses now! Maybe I will send you some petit roses from my garden, you deserve after this wonderful post!

  25. The Harried Cook
    The Harried Cook says:

    What a pretty post! Love the rose macarons, the poem, the panna cotta and everything about it… Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jill! So glad that you & your girls had a lovely day! That house is so gorgeous… are you buying it?
    The chocolate bars with the crunchy rose petals sound SO good, Jill… I always enjoy your posts and look forward to them because they are so rich! Thanks for sharing another beautiful one 🙂

  26. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    Was that heart shaped confection a giant macaron? I cannot wait to see your version.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you. It sounds like you had a perfect day.

  27. Parsley Sage
    Parsley Sage says:

    Lovely post! I love the macaron tower! I just want to destroy it with my mouth. Om nom nom. Happy French Mum’s Day! So sweet that you got poems The best gifts are those that are hand made 🙂

  28. Amy
    Amy says:

    Jill, hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day :)! The rose macaroons are beautiful! I especially love the color, and rose happens to be my favorite flavor of Macaroon!

  29. Adora's Box
    Adora's Box says:

    What a sweet and romantic post. So pink and rosy. Glad you enjoyed your Mother’s day. It seems like you are having such good weather in France. How can so many nice things fit in one panna cotta?


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