Friday, April 01, 2011

Round up Macttack #17 ... Sugar & Spice & everything nice...and Fruity

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."

In like a lion, out like a lamb? The food passionate tend to think of the passing calendar and welcome the changing seasons not in terms of animals but rather by what they see at the market. And this change of season from Winter to Spring or from Summer to Autumn, depending on where you are, is measured in fruit. We say goodbye to oranges and grapefruit, figs and pears and get ready for cherries, peaches and plums. We wait impatiently for the first strawberries and raspberries, grab up the late-season tangerines, revel in one more dish with pomegranates and the excitement has already set in! And, of course, as bakers and cooks we cannot think of fruit without wondering which herbs or spices will marry best with our favorite berries, citrus or stone fruit.
And this month of March as she makes way for April has us back in our MacKitchens selecting the perfect fruit and pairing it with the perfect spice, or maybe even two, creating something with which to weather the changing weather, to nibble on as we feel the change of the breeze from warm to cool or back again, something exciting, vibrant and flavorful to jazz up, add a little zip to this usually turbulent period of the year.

And we have! The March Mac Attack challenge had us each cooking up something sweet and fruity with a dash of spice, something sensational to start off the new season! Here, once again, is the amazing roundup! It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?
Miel @ Face Your Batter with Light of the Forest {Bamboo Cake} with Macarons

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  1. Great combination of flavors and colors in this roundup. Everyone just gets better and better!

  2. Although our lemon macarons pictured above were food flops, we did make lavender macarons filled with lavender-blueberry dark chocolate ganache (not included above) to fit the March challenge theme.
    Still hoping to get our lemon macarons right! Will keep trying!

  3. Sorry missed the above link. Have updated the post now with those stunning lavender macarons!

  4. Thanks, Deeba, for the updated link. :)