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.

David Lebovitz
Syrup & Tang

Bonne année!

10 Responses to “Macarons from the Born Again Blogger!”

  • Daren Says:

    I Love French Macaroons, but they are so hard to find, the only place that I know of wher I can get them is at Paris Baguette, so pricey too, but worth it…

  • Lindsay Says:

    I’ve missed you! Congrats on the new gig… so exciting. I love these photos. Making macarons was on my list of New Years resolutions in 2010 and… it never happened :-(

    But there’s always 2011!

    Happy New Year.

  • Maggie Says:

    Dhale, that you for baking these for us for Christmas. They are absolutely scrumptious. Each is a little work of art.

  • skip to malou Says:

    welcome back dhale! glad you’re back. the blogosphere is not the same without your stunning photos and witty writing…
    congratulations on your new gig, looking forward to more posts about it… Happiest new year!

  • One Mum Says:

    Quel plaisir de retrouver cette belle page !

    Comme à chaque recette, de magnifiques photos qui révèlent une parfaite réussite et donnent envie de croquer !

  • grace Says:

    happy to hear from you again, and you breeze back into blogging with such delightfully-colored cookies! happy 2011. :)

  • Cristina Says:

    Your macarons turned out lovely. I’m about to try another batch after going on macaron hiatus for the last 4 months. Welcome back and Happy New Year to you! 😉

  • Cookette at Says:

    Great post! I have been wanting to make french macarons forever but I figured it was better left to the professional pastry chefs out there. You have inspired me to give it a try! :)

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages Says:

    Congratulations. Hope you are enjoying it.
    These macs are sinfully delicious.

  • Kelly Says:

    These are so gorgeous!! Welcome back to the blogging world and it so nice to meet you! xoxo

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