Putting up with the P****’s – reality TV at it’s best!

My sister and I will often joke about our family being the subject matter for a TV show – there are all the key features – drama, strong opinions (often mine) which can result in volatile arguments, “Chinese whispers” within the family about what is going on with who (why would you bother asking people directly if you can gossip about it ;p), family politics, and, of course, at the end of the day we all make nice because we love each other. TV gold I tell you! Not to mention the family attempts at match-making (you’ve heard that story before) and the cyclonic impact of on-and-off again romances and the changing seasons of friendships (my sister informs me that her life alone should be subject matter for TV). Who needs a soap opera if you’ve got all this?

Family life aside, there are moments in life that seem to mimic on-screen drama. Picture the scene – it’s late, the world is heading if to bed, and the young (let me have this) woman is pulling out the Kitchen Aid and piping bags as she embarks on another macaron-athon after a long and exhausting day at work. She bakes through the night to fulfil her dream of one day owning her own patisserie. [Disclaimer: I was not the one to draw this parallel - the credit has to go to Ms TT.]

Okay, so I do not bake every night, nor is it my goal to own a patisserie, but I do have a tendency to bake late at night – as was the case last week.  I was baking for a friend’s baby shower (that’s why the macarons are all pink).

Rose

Since I’ve blogged about macarons a thousand times before you can get the recipe here. The difference this time is in the Asian themed fillings: wasabi, soy, mayonnaise and red bean. Don’t be put off by the strangeness of these flavours – my friend was giving her young daughter the wasabi ones to eat so that should tell you that it didn’t have much kick to it :) If you love salty-sweet food, then soya sauce macarons (Ms TT’s choice) will be right down your alley, as for the mayonnaise – even I was surprised that this actually worked – Ms “Prettier than Julia Roberts” (PJR) claimed these as her favourite. For the red bean macarons I used my Grandmother’s red bean paste which unfortunately I do not have permission to divulge.

It is always a good idea to make the ganache the day before if you can to give it time to cool and solidify.

Wasabi and white chocolate ganache

180g white chocolate
90g double cream
Wasabi to taste (I used 1.5 tsp)

Combine white chocolate and double cream in a medium bowl. Microwave uncovered at 50% for 1 minute. Whisk into a smooth paste (if this is still lumpy put it in the microwave for a little longer). Add wasabi to taste, whisk until mixed through. Chill overnight to allow mixture to firm up.

wasabi

Soya sauce and white chocolate ganache

180g white chocolate
90g double cream
Soya sauce (get the light coloured one) to taste (I used 2 tbsp)

Combine white chocolate and double cream in a medium bowl. Microwave uncovered at 50% for 1 minute. Whisk into a smooth paste (if this is still lumpy put it in the microwave for a little longer). Add soya sauce to taste, whisk until mixed through. Chill overnight to allow mixture to firm up.

soy2

Mayonnaise ganache

180g white chocolate
90g double cream
Japanese kuipi mayonnaise to taste (I used 1 tbsp)

Combine white chocolate and double cream in a medium bowl. Microwave uncovered at 50% for 1 minute. Whisk into a smooth paste (if this is still lumpy put it in the microwave for a little longer). Add Japanese Kuipi mayonnaise to taste, whisk until mixed through. Chill overnight to allow mixture to firm up.

red bean

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2 Responses to Putting up with the P****’s – reality TV at it’s best!

  1. Claire says:

    You’re amazing! My mouth is watering! Xxx

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