Those Delightful Cookie Sandwiches

One of the sweets or dessert items that I have been craving but have rarely had a chance to get my hands on is macaroons. For years I have had a glimpse here or there and got pale imitations but never got the real deal. It was something I watched on Youtube videos, seeing chefs and cooking enthusiasts make them in the studios or in the kitchen. Well, now I have a few options – I only just checked – to buy some and can get them easily delivered to me.

A macaroon, or macaron in French, is a small cake or biscuit, typically made from ground almonds (the original main ingredient), coconut or other nuts, with sugar and sometimes flavourings (e.g. honey, vanilla, spices), food colouring, glacé cherries, jam or a chocolate coating; or a combination of these or other ingredients. Some recipes use sweetened condensed milk. Macaroons are sometimes baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray. Since the 19th century, a typical Parisian-style macaron is presented with a ganache,  buttercream   or jam filling sandwiched between two such cookies, akin to a sandwich cookie. The confection is characterized by a smooth squared top, a ruffled circumference and a flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavours that range from traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to unusual (foie gras, matcha).

I bought a couple today, just a couple mind you, which were in the pista flavour and oh boy they were delightful. Crisp and so light and brittle and yet so delicious. The inside filling was delectable and I am still licking my lips at the thought of them. I will try to find a bigger pack that I can get to curb my cravings and everytime I am itching for a macroon or macron fix I can order the pack online.

New Work Schedule For 2 Weeks Or So

Well I have changed my work shift yet again. But I do like this change as I get to relax a lot more. So I am conducting training for a set of folks who were taken on contract last year and were let go after the contract got over but are now rehired as we have new business from the clients. So despite they only stopped working for us less than 2 months ago, they are being taken through a training for the job that they were doing. My current shift for the next two weeks is 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Which means I do not have to wake up super early and I also do not go to bed super late. Well, that last part depends on how tired & sleepy I get. So I wake up around 9 am and after coffee & a quick breakfast I go online until 11:45 am when I go to take a shower and then get ready for my shift. The batch of 20 folks come in by 12:30 pm and login to my WebEx bridge and we start. I give them a 45 minute lunch break at 2 pm and I too go and have my lunch at that time. Usually by 6 pm I give them another break for coffee/tea and snacks.

By 9 pm I run down the things I want them to recall for the day and whats coming up for the next day and make them fill out a daily survey and then send them on their way by 9:20 pm. I then go and have my dinner and relax till 11:30 pm. By then I have taken my medicines, gotten my water which I place next to my bed, locked my bedroom door and then I get naked between the sheets and lie back to watch episodes of the shows that I am currently watching. By 2:30 am I am fast asleep and off to dreamland.