Monthly Archives: August 2009

fun birthday!

Oh man my birthday was basically three months ago but oh! it was fun. And, because I am the most delinquent blogger, three months lag time seems about right to commemorate the delicious, amazing French macarons that Ashley and Lindsay made for my birthday. Every year, Ashley and Lindsay make a delicious and rather elaborate cake for my birthday and it’s so nice and so fun and they really don’t have to but it is really the best!

These macarons are wonderful on many levels:
1 – delicious (most important)
2 – very pretty (also very important)
3 – very impressive (everyone discussed how hard it is to make macarons, but surprise! these aren’t so hard, just impressive!)

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For the macarons

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • food colouring

For the filling

  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Use a food processor to pulse the almonds and the icing sugar together, then sift them and set aside.  Beat the egg whites until foamy, then beat in the granulated sugar and the meringue powder until soft peaks form.  Add the food colouring.  Fold the almond mixture into the egg whites a third at a time.  Use a piping bag to pipe out 1-inch circles, pretty thin, onto a pan lined with parchment paper.  Let them sit for 15 minutes, then bake for 12-14 minutes at 325 degrees.

While everything is baking, pulse all the filling ingredients together in a food processor. Once the macarons have cooled, spread the filling on and make cute delicious macarons sandwiches.

These were delicious!  Birthdays are so wonderfully fun – I ate great great food for a whole week because I really am the luckiest ever.

tasteshifting

I am not very good at having a blog, I’m sorry.

Natalie’s birthday was a full two months ago, but I still haven’t written about it. Which is especially crazy because it was so so fun. She is a genius, and had a Miracle Berry Party. Miracle fruit is pretty much the most exciting thing, ever. Somehow, using science, it coats your tastebuds and makes sour things taste sweet, which is both fun and crazy.

Anyway, usually living in Canada is pretty fun, but if you are interested in shipping fruit across the border it is less fun. And, wayyyy back in June, miracle fruit was only available in the states. So, instead, Nat ordered miracle pills, because though the border is touch on fruit, they are surprisingly lenient on “miracle pills,” even if the only ingredients in said pills are “mysterious berry powder” and corn starch. Anyway, apparently you can get the berries in Toronto now, but this doesn’t really help the past.

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We had tonnes of lemons and limes (so so many lemons and limes), and mustard, and chocolate, and pickles, and sour gummies, and tequila. Party!

I have never been to an LSD party, but I have read Go Ask Alice, and basically, a tasteshifting party is a lot like an LSD party.  At first, lots of people talk about whether the pills are going to work, then someone takes one, everyone looks at him or her expectantly, and then he or she tries a lemon, deems it “sweet” and then everyone takes their pill.  Then everyone spends the next half hour eating typically sour foods, commenting on how sweet they are (SO SWEET!  Like candied food! Except the chocolate, which just tasted like ultra sweet chocolate, and the tequila, which disappointingly just tasted like tequila.) and wondering if their tastebuds will ever get back to normal.  (Yes, they will.)

This was totally fun.  Best best party!  Happy, happy, very belated birthday, Natalie!