Mint & Chocolate macarons

I’ve decided to stick to the methods in the macarons book that Yumi bought me because it has worked for me thus far. A few nights ago, I have made the filling which consists of fresh mint leaves infused in syrup first and then, chocolate. Nowadays, ingredients have to be prepared on separated days since it’s rather difficult to find long period of time to bake (busy).

Thankfully, this time round, there are feet and I suspect it has to be the macaronage that caused the downfall of my previous macarons. Too much stirring!

Desiring some designs on the shells, I used my silicon brush to add some strokes of green but I must say, the soft ones will give better result.

Mint and chocolate filling
25g fresh mint leaves
40g caster sugar
150g bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1. Lightly crush the mint leaves between your hands and place in a small saucepan with the sugar and 100ml cup water. Slowly bring to the boil so that the sugar dissolves, then simmer gently for about 3 minutes. Remove fromt he heat and set aside to infuse for at least 1 hour.

2. Tip the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the mint syrup back to the boil, then strain into the chipped chocolate. Stir until melted and smooth. Leave to cool and thicken slightly before using.

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A’s Bridal Shower

When Janet asked me a week ago if I wanted to help plan A’s bridal shower with her, my answer was an unwavering YES, why not? A is a very wonderful lady who cares so much about the people around her. In fact, she was the one who made Ken and I, amongst others, feel so much at home when we first attended PSIF. It’s indeed a privilege to be able to throw a bridal shower for her.

Thankfully, she agreed to having one. We were afraid that she would decline it since she didn’t want to bother us and that her mum was admitted to the hospital the week before. All turned out well, in the end and so the shower must go on!

Of the invitees, 10 responded which is a terrific number for an intimate and cozy shower. J and I went down to the store to buy gifts for her, simple and useful ones that she could use in the kitchen. Since she has taken an interest in cooking, I suggested buying aprons and stuff for her (Lynn always goes for practicality). Janet and GT set up VB house and I was pleasantly surprised by the change in decor. Beautiful! And what’s more surprising was the fact that most of us were clad in shades of red even though we didn’t call for it! Great minds think alike!

I thought we had a wonderful 2-hour shower. A shared her journey with R and she received some advice from the married folks. Friends had a wonderful time catching up with one another and with A. I’m glad that the people were blessed by the session and at the end of the prayer, A’s sister teared, “So touching!”

Ah…thank you God. May you continue to bless A and R in their marriage.