Blueberry cheesecake macarons

Trial #5 of my foray into Italian meringue-based macarons: blueberry macarons filled with blueberry cream cheese buttercream. I finally got the macaron consistency that I am quite happy with. They’re not perfect yet—some still have air pockets between the feet and the cap, but that’s because I have been too cautious about over-folding during macaronage…

Caramel macchiato macarons

Trial #4 of my foray into Italian meringue-based macarons: caramel macchiato macarons—espresso macarons filled with latte macchiato french buttercream with salted caramel sauce in the center. This is actually my second batch… I dare not post photos of the first one because they ended up looking hideous: my timing was off in heating the sugar…

Back to baking macarons

It has been quite a while since I last baked macarons*, but since my little one has been asking me to make pink ones for the past month or so, plus I promised my sister last year I would be bringing her macarons the next time we visit (which is next month!), I figured it’s…

Filipino coconut macarOOns

… with emphasis on the «oo» so as not to confuse them with the French macarons. These are made with desiccated coconut while the latter is made with finely ground almonds and meringue. Anyway, these macaroons were among my favorite snacks while I was growing up in Manila 😋

“Home” by Warsan Shire

A hauntingly powerful poem by the award-winning Warsan Shire. It will bring tears to your eyes. “Home” by Warsan Shire no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well. your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody…

Garrison Keillor: Trump is what he is, and God help us now

Hear, hear, Mr. Keillor! 👏 What we know so far is that the man is who he is. There is no larger, finer man inside him trying to get out. Everyone who is paying attention knows this. Flags flying at the Capitol, the U.S. Marine Band, gray eminences in black coats, and He Who Is…

Rocky Road mini-cupcakes

If you ask me nowadays what my favorite ice cream flavor is, I would most likely answer Bailey’s Irish Cream, or anything with coffee, chocolate, and Bailey’s in it. There was a time, however, that I would just as readily have answered «Rocky Road!»  This was 30 or so years ago, when, just like with many…