The Macaron Craze!

I’m sure you’ve seen and heard and maybe even tasted  this sweet bite sized French confection that comes in all shades called macaroon macarons. You say macaroons and I say macaron, but in actual fact there is a difference because the macaroon is usually mistaken as the  macaron.  Many people  have adopted the French spelling of macaron to distinguish the two items in the English language. However, this has caused confusion over the correct spelling. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon to refer to this French confection while others think that they are synonymous.

Theses little babies are almost like a plague with everyone wanting to taste them!

In Paris, the Ladurée chain of pastry shops has been known for its highly popular macarons and did you know that in France, McDonalds sells macarons in their McCafe’s? Wouldn’t you wish they were easily accesible in North American McDonald’s restaurants too?

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Click here for the story of  Ladurée 

goldmacarons

I’m in love with the pastel colors and the bits of gold on these macarons!  They would steal the show at any party!

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chocolatemacarons

As much as I like the pastel macarons, these chocolate ones look so good too!

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lacemacarons

Wedding season is coming up and wouldn’t it be spectacular to give your guests their own laced up box of delicious macarons?

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place card

These are the most adorable place card holders by Wildflower on Etsy!  Perfect for any event- weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, anniversaries…

South Asian Inspired Mint Wedding

MINT…this hot, fresh colour has been  making waves for a while now and the subtle beauty of this tone is magnetizing.  Since it’s wedding season, I thought i’d create a collage of mint inspired wedding ideas from favor ideas to decorations to cupcakes and accessories!

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Top row left to right:  Mint Sari , Floral Centre Pieces , Pearl Bracelet ,

Terrain favors , Drapery lights , Color chart ,

Feather  , Cupcakes , Mint tin favors 

Candy Coated Fennel Favors

Fennel seeds are always kept in a container in our home.  They are inexpensive, plant derived and provide relief from digestive disorders.

They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies.  Recent studies have found that consumption of fennel can increase the production of bile and may also possess diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial activities.

Some are candy coated  and some are not. Fennel seeds are usually found in South Asian supermarkets and they are a must have for some after a meal.  Many cultures in India, Pakistan and the middle east use fennel seeds in their cookery and it is one of the most important spices in Gujarati cooking.

These seeds are very rich in minerals including magnesium. Two of its main constituents are Anethol and Fenchone. Anethol and other terpenoids may inhibit spasms in smooth muscles such as those in the intestinal tract. Fenchone may be responsible for the medicinal properties associated with Fennel.

So what does fennel taste like?  Personally I would say it tastes like  mild licorice but the candy coated ones taste a bit more sweet.

Fennel seeds may be chewed after every meal or even more often. About 2-3 gms may be had at a time. Daily intake about 7 gms. (or 1½ teaspoon).

Fennel may also be had as a tea decoction. Just boil about 3 gms. (1/2 teaspoon) of seeds in 250 ml. of water. Let the water boil for about 5 minutes while keeping the pot covered. Cool the mixture and then sip as required.

So how can we jazz up some of these pretty coated seeds you ask?  As favors!  Some South Asians, especially gujarati’s hand out these little pretties to their guests at the end of a dinner party at a wedding (there is usually 300+ guests as South Asian weddings!) If you visit a South Asian market, they may have different color coated ones such as red or green.

(p.s. in case you are wondering, I whisked this gorgeous little antique embroidered table mat from our visit to New Delhi)

All packed in white organza bags which can be found at dollar stores and then place in a pretty basket with colourful ribbons tied around the basket handle.

As for my hubby, I like to pack a little portable, take along container of fennel seeds from an empty tic tac container so that he can easily have it on the go (he is a fennel seed addict…shhh don’t tell him I told you that).

Have you ever had a chance to taste fennel seeds?