Category Archives: In the kitchen

Salted caramel macarons

It’s been awhile since I made my last batch of macarons.  Generally, I’ve been pretty successful with my attempts at making these fussy little cookies, but this all changed a few months ago when I dared to attempt the Ispahan.  … Continue reading

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The last hurrah…

Whatever happened to autumn?  Mid-April and it’s already scarf and gloves weather?  The start of the chilly season not only spells the end of summer, but it also brings us to the end of tomato season. My recent foray in … Continue reading

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A Christmas feast

Christmas is one of those rare occasions where I actually make a special effort to cook something a little more fancy.  Unfortunately, due to work commitments, there is no time to pre-prepare anything (or trial any first time dishes) and … Continue reading

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Raspberry macarons

Another Saturday night… another batch of macarons!  I decided to try out a new recipe this time and attempted a version that uses the French meringue.  I’ve been using Italian meringue based recipes so far (which apparently produces a more … Continue reading

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Macarons: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again

Having read and heard all the warnings about making your own macarons (‘it’s best left to the experts’, ‘you need to be very precise’, ‘it’s all about the technique…’), I decided to give them a crack, despite being neither precise … Continue reading

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Raspberry and citrus friands

I love almond meal.  It’s no surprise – macarons are made using almond meal and I adore macarons.  Earlier this year, I was at The Italian for a breakfast meeting and someone ordered a couple of friands.  I bit into … Continue reading

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Tarte au citron vert

Tarte au citron vert – otherwise known as a lime tart.  I made one today… for the first time!  I was tossing up between a few different recipes – Gourmet Traveller’s, Martha Stewart’s… I decided on David Lebovitz’s, but allowed … Continue reading

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