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Macaronimo bars…..not!

by on February 3, 2010
 

Prologue

I had it all worked out….

IMG_2918The world’s first Macaronimo bar…..cousin, sibling and friend to the Canadian Nanaimo. I didn’t care much for finding feet….as long as the macarons worked, it would be fine.

IMG_2329The macarons would replace the graham crackers….and all would go swimmingly well…..or not as things turned out.

IMG_2985My base was fine….the middle was not and so the solid top did nothing to save it! It all quietly…..flowed away! Note, this post could be titled ‘When disaster came’.

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The whole story

We have a funny relationship….
Sometimes I think I’m the master….and he’s not…..
And at other times, I know he is fickle, for sure…..
When he triumphs and……I am left spinning with confusion

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And though our encounters are few and far between,
Each one leaves me more confused than the last
I run through the whole gamut of emotions
Exhilaration and success. And then…..doubt follows swiftly

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Our first meeting is a veritable delight…..
Everyone leaves happy….and fulfilled
And our second meeting is more good than bad….
He shows some of the traits I find so appealing
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But he is not his usual self….there’s something missing.
I think to myself, that it is my late planning, and my desire to try new things
But still, we find a lot to do together.
Its our third encounter that throws my tail in a spin
My best laid plans…..up in the air with nary a warning.

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What should have been an outpouring of ♥….
A celebration of knowing each other….
…..is not
He refuses to give up himself…..on many counts
His feet are well, rather…non existent.
Miniscule at best

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As for his smooth, shiny top – that doesn’t make an appearance….at all.
Broken and cracked is a better description…
But ok, that’s not at all an issue,
I am determined we will make it work
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle…..and so the Macronimo is born….
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But barely so….
Everything works out well at the base….
But then the centre will not hold.
And my mind is taken to Chinua Achebe and his ‘Things fall apart’!
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It must be a combination of using half-fat/half arsed butter…..
Procured by mistake but the creamy centre filling….
never becomes creamy…..though it attempts to fill.
The chocolate topping, goes on all right and I…vainly hope
As I slide the plate into the refrigerator that all will be well.
The centre will thicken and the maconimo will be born!
But that will not be on this occasion.
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As soon as it is ready, I have a look…..and then a taste…..
And while the base is yummy, the rest pays it no heed
And so it doesn’t end up in tummy…..but in the bin!

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And so goes my MacTweets Valentine challenge………………..


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Better luck next month!

Epilogue

I ‘think’ I know where things went wrong….and why I ended up with Bitterkoekjes aka almond macarons

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I used vanilla sugar – which was powder/icing/confectioners….but I’m not sure it was pure!

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I made my sugar syrup on another hob…..and somehow the whole process went wrong. By the time I was set to drizzle the syrup in, it had caramelized in bits and those came back to haunt me….

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And because this failed, I went on to make spectacular….rather delicious meringues…..a first. To be continued…..

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