First TV Macaron Demonstration

As you can imagine, this past week has been filled with love heart macarons.  They are so easy to do; except, perhaps, when nerves take over and a sudden uncontrollable wobbly hand pipes out a mess on live television: this was my very first TV Macaron Demonstration!

macaron hearts pot

I was so excited to be given the opportunity to share my macaron world with Presenters, Michelle McManus and Steven Jardine on STV’s “The Hour” on Valentine’s Day.  They are such wonderful, down-to-earth and chatty hosts that they instantly made me feel at home back in Scotland. Michelle jumped in with a spontanious, encouraging you-can-do-it hug before countdown.  En plus Steven had lived in Paris for a couple of years and so it was fun to blether about macarons and Patisserie shops.

rose macarons on STV The Hour

With Michelle McManus & Steven Jardine on STV’s The Hour

Live TV is not as easy as the pros make it look.  For a start, you need to have confidence and above all, be re-laaa-xed
They could tell I was nervous.  Perhaps it started when one of the members of the production team came to meet my Dad and I before even going into the studio.  (I was so glad Dad drove me since I had 3 large bags including everything but the kitchen sink.)  But without batting an eyelid, Dad stepped in and introduced himself with a confident, “Hello. Nice to meet you. I’m Jill’s Mum….‘ Hm.  After that remark I started worrying about my mascara running after the incontrollable giggles.

Jill Colonna on TV macaron demonstration live

Yes.  They knew I was nervous. Perhaps it was after our quick run-through in front of the cameras and realising that we ran at least 3 minutes over time since I blethered too much.  I said everything I wanted to in the rehearsal:  aged egg whites, they’re gluten free, not many calories etc.  When it came to the real thing in my mind I had already said it!

Talking had to be constant and there was no time to just stand and chat.  I quickly discovered that a live TV macaron demonstration and answering questions at the same time is a real challenge in around 6 minutes.  Luckily I had prepared a few macarons in advance, including some shells – especially macaron hearts.

lemon ginger macaron hearts

Speaking of hearts, just check out the video clip.  You will see just how Michelle tackled the most amazingly confident giant heart macaron.  Silly Jilly stepped in to show the 2-stroke heart with the piping bag:  See?  Easy: bit more at the top going down one side, then same again on the other.   I invite you to do far better, my friends! Meeting pods are essentially a little room within a room. They are primarily used for meetings, hence the name, but can be used for all kinds of purposes. These meeting pods come in all shapes and sizes to meet different needs. Pods can be open like the office itself or closed off for privacy and confidentiality. Closed pods are more beneficial because of their natural soundproofing. Open pods still have some basic level of soundproofing, so people can still hold private conversations. portable soundproof booth

TV Macaron Demonstration – How to make Rose Macarons on The Hour, STV, Video Clip

One thing is for sure:  I had so much fun doing the show and was thrilled to meet such a dynamic and friendly team.  I can’t believe I missed James Blunt, though.  He’s on the show later this week.  To think he could have tried a macaron…

Valentine’s Day may be over but it doesn’t stop us from having macarons and dates with the ones we love.  Bonne semaine!

Parisian macarons on a date

A couple of Parisian Macarons on a Date

36 replies
  1. Lora
    Lora says:

    As a TV professional and a macaron addict, I thought you did great for your first time out. Love your site and your recipes. Now I will definitely get my hands on your book!

  2. valérie C.
    valérie C. says:

    Coucou !
    Je viens de découvrir ton blog,incroyable si rapidement et quel succés…je suis très heureuse pour toi, mais quel travail sans doute ! , mon blog est au ralenti le soleil et les belles journées du printemps devrait me redonner l’énergie pour repartir… mais je travaille à la maison sur quelques petits projets.
    j’èspère que la petite famille se porte bien.
    Je t’embrasse très fort
    Valérie CORTADE

    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Valérie! Quelle surprise! Merci pour ton message et courage pour les projets de maison. Nous sommes bien, malgré beaucoup de travail d’école…. quoi de neuf? 😉
      J’espère qu’on peut se voir bientôt dans le sud avec le soleil, les bons amis, les accents, le vin…. ooooh! Bisous de nous 4, Jill x

  3. Nosila
    Nosila says:

    I finally watched it! You are extremely telegenic- a natural in front of the camera, a true pâtissier and, having had the honour of tasting your macarons,(big boast), I can honestly say they better those served at a delicious Michelin Star restaurant in Avignon (which goes by the initials c-e, just in case I’m not allowed to mention names 🙂 , where I enjoyed a lovely lunch on Valentine’s day. To our delight, coffee was accompanied by a sweet little macaron. We each took an elegant bite, looked at each other and shook our heads and grinned – nope, not as good as Jill’s…..

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

    Hi Jill, congrats on your TV appearance! You heart shaped macaroons look lovely! I do enjoy macaroons but have not found the courage to try making them.

    Love your space here 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will visit again soon.

  5. Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life says:

    Oh, Jill!!! You looked wonderful! I watched the entire video and I wish I could watch that show everyday. The co-hosts have quite a chemistry, and I can only imagine how fun they were.
    Ok… I think I’m inspired. I have never tried the Macaroon, but after watching you it doesn’t look impossible. I usually am not one to really make things pretty, so I’ve stayed away from them. But, now I think I can justify one more cookbook (my husband calls the cookbooks my addiction, but if I say I “know you”, well, that would be different, right??). Off to shop I go!
    Love the comment from you Dad, he did get you off to a good start, didn’t he? Well done!!

  6. Chef Dennis
    Chef Dennis says:

    hi Jill

    what an outstanding job you did with the video!! You are a natural on camera! We need to get you on the cooking channel in the states with your incredible macaroons


  7. Manu
    Manu says:

    Wow!!! Congrats Jill!!! So happy for you! I can imagine how you would be a little nervous… I would have panicked!!! hehehe Great site, I really love it! 🙂

  8. MaryMoh
    MaryMoh says:

    Wow…those heart shaped macarons are really beautiful! I tried 6 times last week to make the rounds and still not 100% there yet. I really hope to get it right one of these days. Would love to try the heart shape. I salute you for the courage to stand in front of the TV crew. I would have fainted…haha.

  9. Ruby
    Ruby says:

    Wow – how fun to see you ‘almost’ live! You did such a great job – well done! The remark about the DIY scraper was pretty funny – have you tried it yet? 😉

  10. Michele AKA 5am Foodie
    Michele AKA 5am Foodie says:

    I’ve just been reading through a bunch of your posts and have pretty much convinced myself that I’ve got to get myself into this decade and learn to make macarons. I tried once and it was a dismal failure.

    Well done on the tv show – I can imagine it must have been a bit nerve wracking. The heart ones really do look fantastic.



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