#70 – Make macarons

by Elizabeth on November 25, 2012 · 7 comments

in 101 in 1001, Food

Task #70 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project was to make macarons.


I seem to go through stages with my 101/1001 list.  There are times when I want to tackle each task perfectly and do them to the best of my ability, taking no shortcuts.  I feel that if I don’t cheat the result will be more rewarding, more credible.

But sometimes progress is more important than perfection, and that’s why I took the easy way out with #70.

Make macarons.  Not perfectly, not necessarily from scratch.  When I saw the Adriano Zumbo macaron kit on my supermarket shelf I decided to embrace my 2012 mantra and help myself to put a dent in my list.

Done is better than perfect!

This isn’t a sponsored post, just a small word of thanks to an awesome patissier and his clever new range.  The kit was perfectly designed to include piping bags and circle template, and the QR code on the box led to a bunch of handy videos in case you needed a quick demonstration.  A lot of thought has gone into the design and packaging of the kit and it all worked brilliantly.

Now that I’ve had a run-through with the kit I’d like to try a simple four-ingredient macaron recipe.  It might be a good idea to hold off until I have an oven that can hold a constant temperature, because some of these babies ended up being a little flat and hollow.  I have to fight with my oven whenever I want to make something delicate like meringue or souffle so I wasn’t surprised.  I don’t blame the kit for that.

It’s almost December and I have 27/101 items crossed off my list.  That puts me a little bit behind schedule so I need to try and get some more points on the scoreboard before Christmas.  If you can spot something on my list that you can help with please give me a shout – even if it’s just a proverbial buttkicking!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

vanessa November 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

i bet they tasted better than frozen macarons anyway. 😀


Elizabeth November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I refuse to believe that anybody would freeze a macaron. 


Rhiannon November 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

Donate blood – It’s the perfect time, good christmas gift to give 🙂


Elizabeth November 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Excellent idea!  I’ll set a date.


Carolynne November 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Oh who cares if you used a kit to make these, you still did it right?! They look delicious 😀


Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

They WERE! 
(And yes, I use the past tense for a very good reason.  A very good, tasty reason.)


olivia December 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I was going to suggest The Colour Run for your Fun Run but it’s sold out in Melbourne. Maybe you’ll have to come visit your family in Brisbane and do it here instead. Or you could do pick a city that would help with one of your other goals. 


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