I did it! I made macarons (albeit bumpy ones. Note to self: buy a proper sifter)! I think all home cooks dream of making one - even if it’s just for the sake of saying you’re made one, no? Personally, I love them. Primarily because I’ve always associated them with fond memories. One in particular involves my inability to pronounce it correctly. Macaron (like Ron Perlman) or macaroon (like Rooney Mara)?
My sister and I graduated at the same time - she, from high school and me, from college. My mom saw this as the perfect opportunity to redeem her miles (which she had saved for years and years) and take us both to Lourdes - for some spiritual awakening. Naturally, we made a stop over to Paris (whee!). I only had a semester’s worth of French lessons under my belt and was tasked with the responsibility of ordering at restaurants, buying tickets and anything that requires speaking the language. GULP.
Anyway, we were waiting at Gare Montparnasse for our train to Lourdes when my stomach started to grumble. Desperate for food, I approached a Paul Bakery. There was a line and I started observing how other people ordered. I started praying that someone would order a macaron or a quiche lorraine, hoping that I could at least get an affirmation on how they were pronounced. Everyone ordered coffee.
When it was my turn, I stuttered, “Un macaroooon de chocolat, un quiche lorraine et un croissant, s’il vous plait?” Never mind that I looked like I was ordering a meal good for three people for myself, I totally butchered the words and yes, I said the sentence as if I was asking a question. The girl behind the counter took pity on me and said, “A chocolate macaron, a quiche lorriane and a croissant, yes?” Relieved, I answered enthusiastically, “Oui!” She smiled and told me to wait while she heats my quiche - in perfect English, if I may add. (A side note: Contrary to popular belief, French people are nice! The taxi driver who drove us to the train station was very nice and helpful too.)
Suffice to say, it was the BEST. MACARON. EVER.
Make some now!