I recently purchased a lovely set of french inspired coffee cups/saucers and a serving plate from Sur La Table and wan’t quite sure what to use them for. One morning as I was perusing one of my favorite food blogs, Tartelette, I read some of Helene Dujardins’ recipes for macarons and thought they would be perfect for the dishes.
On the day of the shoot, I arrived at Estelle’s Patisserie in downtown Sacramento and met briefly with the owner and chef Esther Son. We chatted a bit as I looked around at her lovely restaurant and as I was ready to leave, she handed me two boxes of the beautiful pastel colored cookies.
pistacho flavored macarons
I’ve never photographed or worked with these types of cookies and although they were initially crisp to the touch, they soon began to feel a bit “sticky” under the studio lights. I worked quickly to get the shots requested and soon realized once again why I love being a food photographer!
I couldn’t resist any longer and after a quick survey of the lovely bits of goodness in front of me, I just had to try one! My first choice was the green tea and oh my what a delicious treat to my mouth. Crispy, chewy, refreshing green tea flavors with a bit of sweetness (honey?) that was oh so good! The next one I tried was the chocolate (heavenly!) and then the blueberry. I seriously had no idea these delicate cookies were so full of flavor.
Strawberry, blueberry, green tea, chocolate and pistachio nut. Each bite more delish than the first!
I am now on an agenda to try and make my own batch of these lovely bits of goodness and if you feel inclined to as well, there is a wonderful macaron tutorial written by Helene Dujardin titled, “Demystifying Macarons.” Until then, I just might have to find an excuse to make my way back to Estelle’s Patisserie to try the latest flavors of my new favorite cookie!
tear sheet from the April issue of Sacrament Magazine: