Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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What all the fuss is about

Apparently macarons are the new big (small) foodie thing.

I’d never heard of them until recently and since I seem to be haunting cafes somewhat less frequently than I did in Melbourne I haven’t had any chance encounters with them. I came to know of them through a friend’s blog that records her pursuit of the perfect macaron, Macaron Madness (I have a somewhat random approach to keeping up with contemporary society). Despite her obvious enthusiasm for macarons I still wondered what all the fuss was about.

On Friday, however, I happened to be in Aproneers (a specialty provedore not far from where I live), and spotted a selection and decided it was time to initiate myself into the mysteries of the macaron.

It’s a bit hard to describe what a macaron is like (my friend gives details, and I will concede that it appears they require a bit of effort to make), but essentially it’s a brightly coloured biscuit-shaped thing made of sort of meringuey stuff with a creamy filling and lots of sugar (don’t you love my descriptive prowess!). They also come in a range of flavours, with my choice going to pistachio.

My verdict: sweet, and chewy, and intense, and subtle, and intriguing.

It’s clear that further testing is required. πŸ˜‰

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