Showing posts with label lavender. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lavender. Show all posts

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lavender & Ginger Macarons

My apology if I, once more time post macarons today. A few days a go I baked these cookies 3 days in a row. All together I baked 6 batches of macarons. As mentioned before {here} I failed baking these macarons last winter so these time I really enjoyed making them as they came out looking pretty. And I want so badly to give some of these macarons to Dr. Chang (Artery Specialist) and his staff. So here they are.












My husband 'Steven' loves the chocolate and the coffee flavored macarons very much. He begged me to get rid off these macarons as fast because he can't help himself to have these macarons every night knowing that they there. So tomorrow I must bring them over to Dr. Chang's office, before they are gone. I hope they will like them. Also I know a lady who loves these macarons very much so I am going to drop by at her house to give some to her as well.



Do you see  the soft interior with chocolate ganache filling and the crunchy skin?   I admit although they are delicious it is one of those things that you can only eat 2 at a time {may be 3}and you will not want to eat it again for a few days. Good thing is that it is good to freeze in a freezer for up to about 2 weeks. It tastes better as you freeze them but before eating you must leave them out in a room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes. Hhhmmm.....it tastes heavenly so good. 

Some people a little intimidated on making these macarons. The truth is they are very easy to make. I failed miserably 7 times before I got a perfect macaron first time I tried.

::Recipe::

Lavender Macarons
Recipe (here) except put 2 tsp crushed lavender flowers on the meringue and a drop or two of violet food coloring.
Ginger Macarons
Recipe (here) except put 1-1/4 tsp ginger powder on the meringue.
 
Chocolate Ganache filling.
 ~ 5 oz. bittersweet baking chocolate chips
~ 1/4 cup milk 
~ 1/4 tbsp. butter
 Steam all ingredients together in a heat proof dish  until chocolate melted. Cool slightly.

Sandwich cookies together.

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Happy Sunday Everyone! 

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Lavender Cookies and Lavender Lemon Soda to Uplifting my Mood

This will be my last post before the surgery in 33 hours from now. 

I am finally accepting my faith. I accepted the surgery procedure on me with it's surgery scar and all the consequences. I have no choice. And I want to live for a very long time. There are so many things to do  in the future and I want to do those things when I finally recover from this ordeal. 

I have been wanting to blog this delicious Lavender cookies and very soothing Lavender Lemon Soda. I knew this will be a perfect treat during a hot summer day. I love the aroma of Lavender because of  the soothing and the calmness aroma that comes out from it and yet it is so soft and gentle at the same time. I love it in cookies and I love it in drinks.

Today after taking the pictures; I finally get to taste the Lavender Lemon Soda and oh how wonderful the taste of lemon mixed with lavender and soda! The taste is unbelievable gentle with a herbal bouquet aroma. Aggghhhh.......!!! Definitely my favorite drink during a hot summer day. And I will have lot of it in the future. The cookies are just as good; it is buttery and  melt in your mouth. This simple cookies are such a treat to have with  herbal tea while sitting in a beautiful garden on a lovely afternoon.


I just spoke with my son on the phone. I am very happy now. He finally had an idea about the surgery procedure. And he told me; now that he finally knows more about it, he is not so worry anymore. We said goodbye and there is nothing more that makes me happier then to hear him saying "I love you" .


{I forgot to put this lovely picture that I want to include originally so I added later on}
Do you see the tiny bubbles in the bottle ?


Recipes

Lavender Lemon Soda

~ 2 teaspoon Lavender buds
~ 1/2 cup truvia or sugar
~ 1/2 cup water
Mix and boil.

~ 1/4 cup Lavender syrop {above}
~ 1/4 cup lemon juice
~ 1-1/4 cup Seltzer water
~ Ice cubes
Pour into a glass. Or doubled, tripled to store them in a jug.

Lavender Cookies

~ 8 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
~ 1/4 cup superfine sugar
~ 1 1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon organically grown fresh or dried edible lavender flowers.

In a medium size bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cuter cut out cookies and place on a baking sheet. Stamp cookies if desired. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until edges of cookies are just starting to turn brown. Cool for a few minutes on the pan, then using a spatula transfer to a cooking rack.

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Note: I am using scrap booking stamps  & available at Michaels.




Then I will walk through the beautiful lavender field. I will be bathed by the soothing aroma of lavender; I will smell the calmness of thousands of lavenders flowers around me. I will be very happy. And when I finally reached  the other side of the lavender field; I will see my son's, my husband's and my parent's face smiling at me. I just know my life will start all over again; I am happy ...............

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