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How does one make macaroons?
With great skill and difficulty. Unless you are already quite well versed, it takes practice and sometimes a few false starts.
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Old 09.01.2016, 21:21
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Looks like the kitty was ready to assist you with eating the last one!
He wishes... It was an "anniversary" lunch so as cute as he wanted to be...

Re: macarons, I've found the trick is to wait until baking. They MUST develop an air-dried crust first. Nevertheless, as someone who cooks a lot, they are on my list of better store bought, alongside filo and puff pastry...
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Old 10.01.2016, 22:00
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Re: Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland

Vegan "risotto" (only had jasmine rice left on a Sunday night!) with black truffles, chanterelles, porcini, morels and kale. Topped with king oyster mushroom "scallops".

And a bit of a cheat, but smoked salmon roses with dill mustard and sriracha garnish.
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How does one make macaroons? They look like the store-bought ones!
I tried several times and they always went wrong, so I did a class in London with some people called Ganache Macaron. All they do all day is make custom macarons for corporates.. since I followed their method I have not had a single disaster. I've made Pistachio, grand marnier, Baileys, choc, raspberry, blueberry and even gin and tonic ones
I posted the exact recipe I got from them including tips such as ageing the egg whites on my site...
http://www.anexpatwife.com/an-expat-...egory/macarons

here are some more I made as a gift yesterday.....
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Re: Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland

Baked Cheesecake ..... my first time, and was SO surprised it came out looking decent!

I copied the recipe from one posted on EF by some kindly person (forgotten who, sorry) - it was their recipe for a "Mascarpone cheese cake".

After New Year I had various containers left over of Frischkäse, Magerquark, Crémefreisch, and a minute quantity of actual Mascarpone - so used it all up plus a bit of fresh cream - and hey presto - cake! It came up higher than the biscuit base, and never collapsed back down again! Same height as cake-tin.
Now just hope it tastes ok!
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Baked Cheesecake
Looks beautiful! Especially for a first one!!
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Old 14.01.2016, 17:55
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Looks beautiful! Especially for a first one!!
Thanks! And it tastes good too! Very light and fluffy though, have to wet knife before each slice or it sticks to knife.
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Re: Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland

spaghetti Vongole and a raspberry and chocolate Opera cake.

My new Year Resolution os to cook a new recipe once a week that I am at home. The Vongole is my fave pasta dish and it was delicious... I can't believe I never made it before.....

My layers in the opera cake need some work......
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Oven's broken. What not to bake will be the game of the moment.
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Re: Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland

A mistake to have found this thread. As someone who lives on toast and "just add water" packet noodles and wine and pretzels when my OH (who does all our cooking) is away for work, I now feel 1. very hungry 2. quite inept 3. very hungry.


I am experiencing one of those rare moments of "damn that there isn't a Waitrose or a Japanese sushi bar around the corner!!"


I love eating. But I loathe cooking even more. So much that even these lovely photos cannot inspire me to do more than put some grated cheese on my packet noodles unfortunately. In fact I am so lazy and anti cooking, that I won't even heat up the frozen food that OH leaves me when travelling away for days at a time. To me, the kitchen is a room where the toaster sits, and where the big stainless steel box is that holds my wine. Oh, and where magic foods come from, when my OH or friends are here....


I admire you all!

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Thanks! And it tastes good too! Very light and fluffy though, have to wet knife before each slice or it sticks to knife.
I find using a thin wire to cut through the cake makes it easier and no mess. I use the one ikea has in their cake decoration sets.
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My new Year Resolution os to cook a new recipe once a week that I am at home.
I do that. I've been doing it for three years now although have probably slipped a week here and there.
The family get to vote marks out of ten. If none of them like it, I don't cook it again. If they like it, the recipe goes in a folder so we can remember what it was.

The problem is the more you learn to cook, the more you realise you don't know.

It's also weird to discover you haven't cooked something fairly basic ever in your life.



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I love eating. But I loathe cooking even more.
I love eating too but cooking is pretty easy - it's just a question of practice so you get up to speed and it doesn't take too long.
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Old 21.01.2016, 09:25
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I love eating too but cooking is pretty easy - it's just a question of practice so you get up to speed and it doesn't take too long.
Part of the loathing for me, is that (in my case) ages get spent to prepare something, and then its gone, without a trace in 15 - 30 minutes of scoffing!

I'd much rather spend that time in the garden, or doing another activity where you can observe the results for a longer period of time! But I'll happily eat someone else's beautiful meal, and rave about it for days afterwards. Clearly I have a mental blockage!
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It's also weird to discover you haven't cooked something fairly basic ever in your life..
Or you always did it the wrong way.
My OH has a passion for chemistry and I learned some "tricks" from him although I was supposed to know all those things....
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yesterday was one of my fave Japanese comfort food dishes.... Katsudon. I have to have this every time I go to Tokyo, or the trip isn't complete.

Its a pork cutlet over a bed of warm rice served with a scrummy onion sauce and an egg cracked into it.... it looks a bit messy but its delicious.
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The cakes i made here... One for my daugters Christmas Party. Others for only pleasure...
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I am so lazy and anti cooking
This whole post could have been written by me because I am exactly the same. I have kids to cook for so I can't just make toast or noodles (although I sometimes do) but on a weekly basis I call my husband in tears at 6.30 and my kids are hungry and I say "but whatttt can I cook?!" And the answer is never "nothing, I hired a chef for you" so I cry a little more.
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Baked Cheesecake ..... my first time, and was SO surprised it came out looking decent!

I copied the recipe from one posted on EF by some kindly person (forgotten who, sorry) - it was their recipe for a "Mascarpone cheese cake".

After New Year I had various containers left over of Frischkäse, Magerquark, Crémefreisch, and a minute quantity of actual Mascarpone - so used it all up plus a bit of fresh cream - and hey presto - cake! It came up higher than the biscuit base, and never collapsed back down again! Same height as cake-tin.
Now just hope it tastes ok!
That looks exquisite!!! Do share the recipe when you can, please.
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The cakes i made here... One for my daugters Christmas Party. Others for only pleasure...
WOW! Do you make celebration cakes for a living?
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The cakes i made here... One for my daugters Christmas Party. Others for only pleasure...
Beautiful... surely you must be a professional!

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This whole post could have been written by me because I am exactly the same. I have kids to cook for so I can't just make toast or noodles (although I sometimes do) but on a weekly basis I call my husband in tears at 6.30 and my kids are hungry and I say "but whatttt can I cook?!" And the answer is never "nothing, I hired a chef for you" so I cry a little more.
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