But it's okay I don't need perfume to feel pretty!!
Besides, I can always stop by Smith n Caugheys and indulge in free perfume.
Instead mama got me a whole bunch of stuff that can't be found in New Zealand, including a packet mix of Adriano Zumbo's macarons!
I was excited!
Macarons are so delicate I knew they would be hard to make so I was really nervous.
The ingredients had to be at exact measurements and the oven at exact temperature and baked precisely otherwise the whole tray will turn out to be a failure :/
But it was really easy and didn't take as long as I'd expected.
The box came with the yellow meringue mix, almond mix, passionfruit filling, two piping bags and a circle template.
Trace circles using the given template on a baking sheet. You'll be using the other side of the baking sheet to bake on.
Beat the meringue mix until thick and very stiff.
Mix in the almond meal place into a piping bag.
Tips on piping:
Use both hands; one to hold the twisted bag at the top and one to squeeze the bag.
Make sure you don't have air voids in the bag by pushing the batter towards the bottom.
Squeeze gently and continuously for easy flow.
Hold the bag vertically, don't use a swirling motion, but stay over top of the centre and pull upwards when the batter reaches the desired diameter.
If you don't hold the piping bag vertically over the centre, then it will look a little funny...
Exhibit A: top left macarons
Let them sit for ten minutes then they'll need to be baked for 14 mins approximately until the 'feet' do not depress when lightly touched.
The ones that weren't quite piped correctly will crack :/
For the filling, mix the packet with 20grams of soft butter with a fork.
I suggest following the video on Adriano Zumbo's website here for tips on perfect macarons.
Tasted legit too!! Even Calci's mum said so and she's practically a chef and stuff.
Yum. Simple and authentic.
Here's the link to the video again http://zumbobaking.com.au/products/passionfruit-macarons/
Me and my mum made these on Mother's Day. It was my brother's birthday a few days before, so I got to be a good sister and a good daughter in the same week :D
Now to be a good girlfriend..
And to conclude,
And then in a month's time, I have 3 exams in 3 days!!
YAY I LOVE ENGINEERING SO MUCH