Baking| Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate Ganache … a guest post

“The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.”
Henry David Thoreau

Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate GanacheInspiration comes in strange ways. I’m racing with the wind, time is no longer my friend, the hands of the clock whiz by at a dizzy pace … and the pressure of baking macarons for our baby, MacTweets appears to be a lost case. Then uncannily enough I get a direct message on Twitter from Shulie, my sweet talented friend from Food Wanderings asking if I’d like to do a guest post for her on macarons. I want to say yes but I know I can’t manage it. I should say no … but predictably, I say, “Yes of course, sure!”Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate GanacheHow  ambitious of me! Didn’t realize that Shulie is doing a series on macarons on tree nut free macarons. Blimey! With the current humidity and high heat here in North India, where the monsoons are knocking on the door, I wonder what I was thinking. In good times, with perfect weather, I can barely find my feet with normal almond meal macs! Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate GanacheHave you met Shulie @ Food Wanderings … an immensely talented and wonderful food blogger of Indian Jewish descent, born and raised in Israel, who now lives in the US. She is fun, has a wonderful style of writing and a knack of blogging the ‘right’ things {read the most delicious coffee ice cream recently posted}. She loves food photography and styling to the point of silliness and I begin to wonder if she’s another long lost twin!Vintage pots & pans, New DelhiShe promised to come down to India to buy pots and pans after I blogged about vintage pots & pans from my favourite little shop in New Delhi. It’s another passion we share … pots, pans, cookbooks, accessories, food culture. Shulie confesses to possess ‘many other food quirks’ and that gladdens my heart. She’s a lot like me! Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate Ganache Mac time! I bravely peeped into my freezer to see what it held for me. Black sesame seeds. Should I? The devil may care attitude kicked in, and I threw a 1/4 cup of black sesame seeds into the Thermomix with 1/2 a  cup of sugar! Left the feet to fate …  time to think of pairings with fruit to fit the macarons into MacTweets. The theme this month – FRUIT, not a difficult task for fruit passionate me.Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate Ganache & HKGBlack sesame seed macarons sandwiched with fresh cherries in a dark chooclate ganache were the happy ending of my mac-adventure this time, colours inspired by the tea set I found in a night market in HKG last month.

Do head across to  Food Wanderings to catch the rest of the post & recipe.

Do you want to join us making MACARONS?

If you do, you are most welcome to join us  for the next challenge. You can find all the information at our dedicated macaron blog MacTweets. We generally post the round-up by the end of every month, following which a new challenge is posted!

This post featured in the Foodbuzz Top 9 on 5th July 2011 via @ foodwanderings.
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Baking|Papdi Chaat & Bhel Puri … Indian Street Food & Guest Posting!

“Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
Mark Kurlansky

North Indian Street Food Talk street food and it throws up a myriad of colourful pictures in my head. It’s an amazing food group, one that goes deep into culinary cultures and is fast becoming haute cuisine, upmarket and constantly evolving. Yet, hit the streets and you find good old rustic appeal, preserved from the past, especially in the old city areas. You are instantly hit by a culture that time hangs on to. North India is no different; the streets are painted with colour and flavour, heat and dust.North India, Old Delhi Monkeys wander above while cattle languish below, spice sellers plonk themselves under umbrellas sheltered from the sweltering sun, pan walas sit in rows with an engaged clientele. Across the street, chicken tikkas sizzle over red hot coals! The camera works overtime, how much can you possibly capture and, then again,  how much can you blog? As you see, Indian streets are ‘happening’, and Old Delhi holds that eternal charm. North India, Old DelhiThe camera feeds hungrily at as you get transported to a different age. I feel compelled to share some street culture before I go further! A few more pictures … all taken on a day when Mr PAB and I decide to take a train ride into Old Delhi. Didn’t shop, just wandered around clicking, caught up in mixed emotions … North India, Old Delhi We found a water carrier opposite Jama Masjid selling chilled water in engraved silver handmade bowls, the water stored in a stitched and sealed whole goatskin {top left}. Handcarts piled high with plates and plates of neatly sliced pineapple {painstaking job that}… all open air but plenty of takers, dry fruits sold in small sacks, chocolate too{top right}. AMAZING!North Indian & Street Food {Jama Masjid} In North India street food is a quintessential part of our tradition, not always healthy {read nice and deep fried delicious}, and holds eternal appeal. If you literally eat it off streets, with all the heat and dust thrown in, you are bound to be awarded with a Delhi belly, but there are ways of beating that!North Indian Street Food Papdi ChaatWhen Asha, the Fork Spoon Knife gal wrote to me wondering if I would write her a street food themed guest post for her 3rd blogiversary, she heard a resounding YES! After much dithering, I decided on something I could bake, reflective of PABs central theme, and so made the most delicious Papdi / Whole wheat Crackers {if I may say so myself}. I also made some Bhel Puri from a trail mix of sorts! The crackers would make great bases for canapes too, and the trail mix is easily munched on its own.

North Indian Street FoodDo get across to Street Food Month on Fork Spoon Knife for the rest of the post and recipes! Happy 3rd Blogiversary Asha!

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COOKIES FOR A FRIEND…Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”
Elisabeth Foley

I saw these cookies at Brown Eyed Baker a few days ago, & my first thought was how lovely and comforting they looked. Said to be the famed Neiman Marcus cookies, off a recipe that has been making the rounds via e-mail for ages, they have rave reviews. The difference in these cookies is the way the oats are added. They are ground into an oat flour and give the cookie a lovely texture, more wholesome than the plain flour chocolate chips cookies, yet lighter than regular oat cookies.

I think these cookies bridge the gap perfectly, & I had to make some for Jamie when she asked me if I could do a guest post for her beautiful blog! I was honoured that she thought of me. Please stop by at Jamie’s Life’s A Feast for the rest of the post…

While you are here, I’ll ask you to please consider voting for 2 special friends for two ongoing contests…

1. For Jamie‘s blog Lifes A Feast for Blogger Choice Awards 2009 HERE for Best Food Blog where she shares her favorite recipes; stories of her life through food.

2. For Helene‘s Gingerbread Cake at the Bread Contest at Phamfatale.

♥ Thank you ♥
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