A fabulous macaron recipe by An English Gourmande!

An English Gourmande

In Helmut Fritz’s song, Ça M’énerve, he singles out the customers at Ladurée queuing for macaroons (or macarons if you want to be French about it). Then he backtracks saying he’s heard macaroons actually taste pretty good. Nonetheless, many felt his frustration; macaroon-mania has had an inordinate amount of airtime. After all they’re just almond meringue jam sandwiches. Let’s not forget those lovely coconut macaroons with rice paper bottoms that are just as praise-worthy and don’t lend themselves to a faux-French accent.

So for the past couple of years I cut off my nose to spite my face and ignored them. Until last week when my eight-year-old nephew brought me to my senses by making a beautiful batch. I’m living in Paris for goodness sake! Surely that’s as good an excuse as any to jump on the bandwagon.

Mora, ParisAs they’re a notorious faff to make I set aside a Saturday…

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Happy Monday! Café Gourmand on My Mind

 “On prend un café?”

My answer to this is always “oui!”  I am always up for coffee.  What makes a little caffeine even better is if it’s accompanied by something sweet.

My favorite dessert, apart from the moelleux or mi-cuit au chocolat, is the café gourmand.

café gourmand is a “culinary concept aiming at proposing an espresso and a bunch of mignardises at the same time, served on the same plate.”

café gourmand goûter paris

My favorite goûter: the café gourmand

If you can’t decide which dessert to pick, pas de souci (no problem). Just order this winner; you can have your cake and eat it, too!