Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Wow... I can't believe it's already time for a new year. I haven't decided if I will make any resolutions or not. Most of the time I just resolve to lose some attitude, lose some weight, and just try to be an overall better person. I'm not too sure how that's been going for me.... what do you think? Maybe I'll just resolve to save more money by shopping less (always referring to the grocery store, not the mall... of course) which will in turn lead me to loosing a few of those pastry school pounds. This plan may not improve my attitude, but its all give and take, right? What kind of resolutions do you make? Any suggestions??

Anyhow, I have quite a bit to do when I get back to school on Monday.... another practical exam, a cake competition, a written test, and the start of a new subject... chocolates I think. I've been searching for recipes to prepare for my practical and have found one definite, one maybe, and a big question mark. I have been wanting to try my hand an macarons for a while, but have somehow been a little hesitant to try them out. Over the Christmas break I tried a recipe for almond and chocolate macarons with an espresso buttercream filling. They were amazing!! They take a bit of time to set up, but overall they were really easy to prepare. I'm looking forward to expirimenting with more flavors in the future.

I spent a good portion of this afternoon looking for inspiration for my next cake design for the upcoming competion. I think I've found the perfect subject, but I'm not going to announce it just yet. You will just have to check back to see how it goes. I'm pretty excited about it I just hope that it comes together as well as I have it in my mind.

I probably wont be cooking or baking too much outside of school since I've probably eaten my weight in baked goods over the past week and a half. I'm not looking forward to meeting with my nutritionist in a few days.... what a walk of shame.... :(

Whatever... until next year.... Happy Baking!!


Katie said...

Happy 2009!

Carly said...

Your macarons look amazing! I am due to make my next batch, I really want to try salted caramel ones next. I know how you feel about eating half your weight in baked goods over the holidays, I think I am going to have to take a baking break also even though it will be so boring. Anyways, great job!