(Note: Yes I’ve been absent for a few months, as culinary school and work consumed all of my time…I’m talking about 15-17 hour days! But now I’m on summer break from school, so I suddenly have my life back, albeit for a brief 2 months. I will try to take advantage of this time and update this blog more!)
Recently I was given a box of chocolate macaron mix from France. The fact that in France boxed macaron mix is available only increases my fondness for the country. I have a dream that someday American grocery aisles will be home to such conveniences as boxed macaron mix, alongside our quick bread and cake mixes.
As macarons are one of my most beloved baked goods (that are gluten-free, THANK HEAVENS!!), I was excited to try it out. With my limited knowledge of the French language, I deciphered the instructions to the best of my ability, and set out to make macarons for the first time.
Enjoying a cup of coffee at the historic Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, NC.
This post is going to be a break from the usual “let’s make a recipe and document it” routine. Instead I thought I would take time to share with my legions of fan (yes, this is all for you, my one dear and lovely reader…okay maybe there is like 6 of you, but who is counting?) my spring break eats. As I am in school again, I live a life where the breaks I have from said school highlight my calendar and turn arbitrary blocks of time into precious moments ready to be filled with time spent not at home.
And since I knew I wouldn’t be at home this past week, I knew I would have no chance to cook/bake something to feature on this blog. That is how I came to decide I would take pictures of the more interesting meals eaten on my trip. Perhaps this post will set a precedent for future travel food posts!
Well guys, I finally did it…I have been swept up by the mass hysteria and have outlawed gluten from my diet. GASP!!! How can this be? (You may wonder.) The simple thing of it is, I have long suffered various chronic digestive symptoms that typically were not crippling enough to warrant any serious evaluation.