|Macaroon necklace by Christophe Roussel|
Ever since I have been following blogs I have always been fascinated with beautiful pictures of pastel coloured macaroons; they look so elegant and pretty. Now my first taste of them came courtesy of Tesco, hah yes they started selling them for about £1.50*, they were tasty and pretty. But then, in Paris I entered a whole new world of macaroons, oh boy not only are they beautiful to look at, but the myriad of flavours are amazing.
The first placed I purchased macaroons from was Christophe Roussel, who is making a name for himself with his fantastic creations. His store in Montmartre was heaven, the assistant was so sweet there too. My favourite flavour had to be the salted butter fudge, it is divine. As was the pistachio and morello cherry.
Then Ladurée was the only other option I really wanted to try, we never got round to making it to one of the stores in Paris, but thankfully there was one at the airport. It was so beautifully packaged with a little note detailing the history of the brand. The blackcurrant one was my favourite, and the orange blossom was magical when you bit into it smelt like jasmine. I love the frivolity and elegance that macaroons give, I am going to take a stab and making some of my own soon, I will be sure to share the (disastrous) attempt.
We saved these Macaroons for a picnic at the weekend with two of my other favourite items; fentimans curiosity cola and oak smoked Lancashire cheese, from the local farm shop, Red House Farm (we did have bread, jam and crackers but they aren't as exciting).
* I have since discovered that tesco have discontinued there macaroons, it makes me dislike them even more that I do already.