So my current obsession is macarons. I think it’s safe to say that over the last couple of years macarons have replaced cupcakes as the sweet du jour. My gal pal Dag gave me Hisako Ogita’s I Heart Macarons a couple of years back. At the time, I didn’t experiment, in part because I am allergic to almonds, and figured that I would never get to taste the fruits of my labour. A few weeks ago, my pal Jaime asked if I had ever made macarons. I knew then that they were not an easy baked good to master, but I decided to try my hand at it. And that’s when the obsession began. My first attempt was a failure. Big time. The texture was wrong. I wasn’t really sure how to fold the almond flour into the meringue. The dough was really thick and wasn’t easy to pipe. I was dissatisfied. I watched some youtube videos of people making macarons, and tried the recipe again. I didn’t have much success, and decided to abandon the recipe and dig out the I Heart Macarons cookbook. I read it cover to cover. Determined not to let the macarons beat me, I spent the next couple of days reading macaron blogs – and there are many. My favourite one thus far is Brave Tart  – I read the ten commandments and followed the advice. My next attempt was reasonably good, though I still didn’t attain the perfect consistency – I felt like the inner bit of the shell was still a bit too sticky. I didn’t bother with a handmade filling; I want the macarons to be perfect first. Nutella was a good substitute. I’ll be back at it this week. Once perfect, I’ll share any tips I have.