macarons

Macarons are in, now, right? Those little French meringue based biscuits with creamy fillings inside, they’re everywhere. Big ones. Eensy little ones. Flavours from vanilla to chocolate to pistachio to bubblegum and creme brulee. Vegemite macarons, for Pete’s sake!

la belle miette

Macarons are delicious. Macarons are also expensive, especially if you go to a fancy little French place like La Belle Miette for your macarons (or are lucky enough to have someone treat you to some for your birthday.)

chocolate and vanilla

This is why you should make your macarons. I know the macaron is billed as a very difficult little cookie. However, with practice, a good eye and an excellent scale, you should be right. Especially during the holidays, when you have so much free time.

pb'n'j

I use Bravetart’s recipe and fill mostly using differently flavoured buttercreams. You may also want to check out eat.live.travel.write and the excellent step-by-step photography there, or Bravetart’s macaron myths and commandments.

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stained glass biscuits

baked

Pretty, simple and delicious. And they make great decorations.

It’s a short post today because I had a PARTY on last night(yay! party!) so I’m just going to say that Christmas is about friends and family and celebration. It’s about food and presents and love and joy and hope. Peace and determination and perseverance, too. (even when you feel like a failure because you’ve already missed two posts in your month of posting).

cut it out

pre baking

Christmas is about being human. As human as human is. All the pains and sorrows and joys and delights of being human, the entirety of the journey that man takes in discovering God and Creation and fellow human. Christmas is about the gift of giving and the gift of recieving. Christmas is about love.

hung

Merry Christmas. Continue reading

nutmeg maple syrup butter cookies

all stacked up

We’re going to the end of the universe.

(Don’t blink.)

what's in there?

Yes, I’m watching Doctor Who. Something about this lanky converse-wearing pseudo-Scottish time traveller has me hooked. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s his irrepressible energy. Perhaps it’s the hilarious and yet also strangely endearing alien life-forms that the writers have thought up. Perhaps it’s the idea that somewhere out there, a man in a blue box could be looking for a new companion. And that companion could be me.  Continue reading

checkerboard cookies

 

stacked and fell

And another late post. Since I’ve gotten home I’ve been working and it’s been hot. I’ve been watching Doctor Who and not doing much else at all. Like a holiday from my holiday. It’s been much more difficult to get up early now that I’m back in Melbourne (and I have to say that the work Christmas dinner didn’t help with that AT ALL.)

I think it's what you call "mise en place"

But time moves on (quickly, quickly!) and so must we, and although it’s holidays for some, others of us still have to work. But we make time for play, too, and our house is having a Christmas party this weekend.

Cue massive freak out.

Cookies, cupcakes, mini quiches. Vodka, bourbon, gin. Dishes, dishes, dishes. Party party party! Continue reading

christmas biscotti

biscotti

bowls and bowls

How exciting! We’re at the halfway point between the first day of December and Christmas Day and I’m excited. I can’t wait till Christmas but at the same time I’m really enjoying the excitement in the lead up. Included in that excitement was the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012.

the line up

pistachios

I signed up for the swap after hearing about it via Best Friends for Frosting (I’m pretty sure) in November. The deal is, you bake a bunch of cookies. You send 1 dozen cookies to three food bloggers (that’s one dozen each) and in return, three food bloggers send you cookies! It was so much fun making up my packages and I love love love recieving mail so getting the cookies was awesome too!  Continue reading

pumpkin cake cookies with black and white icing

pumpkin cake cookies

Christmas is about the birth of Christ.

When the Messiah was born, the first people who found out were the shepherds in the field. The lowly shepherds, who were looked down upon in regular society, were the first to find out that their people were to be saved and not only that, that they would save the entire cosmos. The Israelites, that small, proud nation on a small spit of land at the edge of the country wouldbe the saving grace of the whole universe. Continue reading

brown butter bourbon biscuits

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And just like that, 24 days of cookies becomes 23 days of cookies. It’s slightly disappointing because I wasn’t busy yesterday, I just had one of those beautiful lazy days where I blew off my to do list and drank tea all day, playing cards with friends and ending it all with community Christmas carols and It’s a Wonderful Life.

I regret nothing. Continue reading