Macarons from the Born Again Blogger!
As it turns out, I didn’t fall off the face of this Earth after all…
So where in the world have I been holed up for the last few months? Just keeping busy earning my cooking stripes at an amazing restaurant in Manhattan! It’s been extraordinary to experience first hand the intense heat of a real deal restaurant kitchen but needless to say it’s eating up most of my time (pun intended…nyuck nyuck nyuck!).
And although this restaurant shall remain nameless, let me just toot it’s horn anyway and say that it has been named by New York Magazine as top ten best restaurants of 2010! Not too shabby for my first time gig, eh?
Since it’s been like eons since I blogged doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking up some fabulousness in our own kitchen. For my fellow food bloggers out there, you all know how time consuming it is to photograph prep shots and plated shots on top of the time it takes to create some witty commentary that will make your readers think “Wow, she is so cool and funny! I wish I could be her friend.” Okay, perhaps I haven’t been entirely successful with the latter but regardless, it does require some dedication to share the yummy creations.
Let’s kick off this New Year and celebrate my comeback with the almost-trendier-than-black-rimmed-nerdy-glasses which are the French macarons. It’s been a while now that I have been avoiding the macaron bandwagon because I hate being defeated by cute little delicate meringue pastries. And failure is inevitable with these tricky little suckers.
Hundreds of wanna-be macarons with no “feet” (the cute little ruffles at the bottom of each cookie), cracked shells, oil-stained tops and just plain hideousness met their fate at the bottom of our trashcan only to serve as a confusion as to what in God’s name went wrong. Though I’ve managed to do a mini victory dance with a few batches, I still can’t say I’ve cracked the code on the enigmatic science of macronnage.
How about I let these pros do all the explaining while I bask in my pseudo glory of finally creating some remotely photogenic specimens.