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Matcha Snakes and a (Zumbo macaron kit) giveaway

I have been finding it a little hard to maintain a balance between blogging, baking for profit and of course, work. Because of the upcoming CNY and Valentine’s Day, I have been baking weekends to make enough cookies for giving away to my family, relatives and friends and to fulfill orders. In fact, I think my bout of sore throat and cough was caused by my baking, because I ‘had

Ferrero Macarons for Macaron du Jour

Today’s Jour du Macaron or Macaron Day in France, and a couple of other places around the world. If you’ve never heard of Macaron Day, well now you have. It’s created by none other than Pierre Hermé, in a collaboration with members of the Association Relais Desserts to raise awareness for a charity. This year, the charity is Autistes sans frontiers, or Autism without Frontiers. What happens is that you

Strawberry Milk Macarons and a Mini Giveaway!

I’ve been on a kick to use “all natural ingredients” or ingredients that are as unprocessed as possible. This of course translates to less refined flours and sugars, and more wholemeal flours, non-wheat flours, as well as different forms of sugar, such as molasses. This has also translated into using only ‘natural food coloring’ in my foods, and thus far, I’ve only experimented with red and green, mainly because they

Pink Salted Caramel Macarons for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This post has been long in the making. Like 8 months kinda long. Ever since my first post on macarons more than half a year ago, I’ve been making macarons on and off, experiencing more failures than successes. I’m experimented with technique, temperature, equipment, ingredients and a whole lot of other variables, and have come to the conclusion that macarons are indeed iffy little creatures and having a humid and

Janine’s Failed Macaron Cake aka a Flourless Chocolate Cake made with Maca-fails

I swear by the phrase “out of adversity comes creativity”, not only because I am usually pushed by circumstances to think out of the box, but also because much of my (best) work is done when I’m facing a time crunch or other adverse situations. Just take today for example, I was craving ang koo kueh, a traditional glutinous rice treat filled with peanuts or mung beans, and since it

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Here’s a smiley face for the upcoming week (because I don’t have classes) Yes, I did take the photo on top of the lid of the lock&lock container I was storing the macarons in. I’m still quite bad at apportioning filling for the macarons because as you can see, one of the macarons above has ganache flowing out of it and the heart-shaped one doesn’t seem to have enough! And

Pink Vanilla Bean Macarons, for Valentine’s

I’ve been thinking about macarons all week along, after my successful attempt with David’s macaron recipe here for my cousins on Chinese New Year. I knew I wanted something pink, for Valentine’s, and something heart-shaped, so the only thing left was to decide on the flavor of the shell and the filling! I hemmed and hawed, and finally decided on using my vanilla beans (so that I can put the pod

Just a little sneak :)

These little sneak peeks were hastily taken with my phone after piping them and while I was waiting for them to form a skin Yes, I do know that exposure and lighting are all very off, but it usually happens when I’m all impatient to snap a photo before I forget.  The tiny black dots are vanilla bean seeds. It’s my first time using gel food coloring and I overestimated