Let me be completely honest by how much I struggled with making the macaron shells yesterday. One tray came out perfectly, the next all looked like volcanoes erupting and another ended up lopsided. These were all made from the exact same batch of meringue and were baked on the same shelf, at the same temperature, for the same amount of time.
Macarons are fickle. I’m trying to figure out my oven’s sweet spot for baking these bad boys – temperature, rack location, baking time. Maybe I need a new recipe, one that produces a more consistent result, even if they do look lopsided or like they’re exploding 😂
These do taste good though and they celebrate my beloved Portland Trail Blazers so I’m gonna say the kitchen struggle was worth it.
Another disclaimer for you guys: these were originally all supposed to have red shells, but I ran out of red food coloring, so… I told you yesterday was a struggle. Someone on my instagram page even said they looked like a pokeball. I didn’t know what that was so I had to look it up, but they were right, the white and red is very pokeball-esque!
In much more positive news, the Blazers are in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row! It wasn’t looking great for my guys up until the all-star break in February when we traded one of our players for Jusuf Nurkic. The change in our team was dramatic and they basically played like a completely different team when he joined. It was incredible.
So now we’re in the playoff and playing Golden State. We lost the first game on Sunday but the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. We were all tied up at the end of the third quarter, then some good defense was played by our opponents and that was that. Game two is tomorrow so I’m looking forward to that. Especially because I have these macarons to enjoy while I watch it!