Sunday, March 30, 2008


I finally got back into the macaroon-making mood. But I decided to experiment with walnut meal instead of almond meal.

I left the egg whites sitting out overnight, just like you are supposed to, to let them dry out. It made quite a difference in how easy it was to beat them up into a foam. I think I may have gone a bit too far, though, and beat them a little too long.

I could tell that the batter was too thick, but I set decided to go right ahead anyway.

The raw cookies looked pretty good. When the batter is thick, it is easy to make nice rounds. I figured I was leaving too much space between them, since they are supposed to grow up, not out. But I suspected trouble, and I got it. They grew out into horrible, monstrous shapes:

They still taste good, but boy are they ugly. I can't in good conscience call them macaroons.

If they had come out right, I would have glued them together in pairs with some sort of banana paste. Maybe next time...

My Office

My Office
Originally uploaded by Red Wine Rage
This is me working in my "office". Got my big-screen HD TV, with my personal laptop displaying on it, and using remote desktop to see my work computer. Finally, I can work with my feet up!

Life sure is hard.