Today, half a world away from me, hundreds of curious, excited, hungry Aussies were supposed to queue up for Adriano Zumbo’s Macaron Day. I was going to read the stream of #Zumbo tweets and Macaron Day 2011 blog posts with envy, recalling my first Macaron Day experience last year.
But Macaron Day 2011 has been postponed! Earlier this week Zumbo announced that nuts fell into the almond meal, postponing Macaron Day until November 27. Imagine if Zumbo HAD been able to sponsor a trip for me to participate in Macaron Day — I would have missed it!
Although the official Macaron Day has been postponed, I decided it couldn’t be a completely macaron-less day. So in the spirit of Macaron Day, I present you with a little love for the bite-sized treat.
Nicole visited me while I was living in Australia, and just a few months later, she quit her job and joined me with her own Work & Holiday Visa. She’s been living in Sydney, working at a cupcake bakery, and teasing me with her constant Flickr uploads of macarons and Zumbo pastries.
Being the sweet person she is, she recently sent me a super “thinking of you” package.
Nicole LOVES macarons and took a class at a local kitchen+cooking store to learn how to make them! I can’t wait to see her when she gets home so we can make some together.
Macaron or Macaroon?
This summer I wrote a post about macarOn versus macarOON, and ever since, I’ve continued to hear pastry chefs call the dessert “macaroon” and spell it with two O’s in food magazines.
Everyone seems confused.
One of Zumbo’s assistants assured me that they are indeed macarons (pronounced like it rhymes with the names Ron or Jon/John). *Shrugs*! Who knows.
Oh, the creator of this brilliant image does!
There are PLENTY of macaron recipes in books and online, so I’ll be spoiled for choice when I decide to make them for the first time. Here are the recipes I’ve saved on Pinterest as top contenders for my first macaron baking experience:
Pumpkin pie spice macarons with caramel, dark chocolate ganache and smoked sea salt.
Macaron Day 2011
When Macaron Day rolls around in a few weeks, I may just celebrate with a batch of homemade macarons. Any sugestions on which recipe I should make?