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A Taste Of Yellow 2008 – Tropical Fruit Verrine and Peach Macarons

Verrines and Peach Macarons. Copyright©Tartelette-2008 There are many events I like to participate in but there is one I would not miss for the world: LiveStrong Day With A Taste Of Yellow launched and hosted by Barbara from Winos and Foodies . Last year 149 bloggers from all over the world answered her call to celebrate life, remember our loved one who passed away from cancer and this year I have no fear that more will rally on May 13th to support the LiveStrong Foundation. I have previously talked about my brother passing away at an early age from cancer and then my grandmother a few years later. There is not a day that goes by without their memory influencing my thoughts, my choices and my attitude. I laugh more, I try not to sweat the small stuff (does not mean I succeed all the time) and I live and love stronger, for me and others. I tried to write this post all weekend long but everytime my eyes got cloudy and my heart heavy, no exception this very minute. I miss Thierry, I miss Mamie Paulette. I wish I could write a more eloquent post to their memory but I can’t even write the word cancer without hurting. The anger and disbelief has given way to sadness but last year I did manage to write some about it which you can read here.

Instead I want to focus on the woman behind the event, Barbara. Although I have never met her in person, I like to believe that we would be good friends if we were neighbors. I first "met" Barbara when I sent her a package during one round of Blogging By Mail….all the way to New Zealand! We kept in touch through emails, we discovered more about each other as the months went by and she is in my thoughts just about everyday. She has her own battle with cancer to fight and yet she never cease to amaze me by dropping me a line or sending me a little package when I come here and open up about some of my "mishaps". Thank you for being here, for being fierce, for being strong, for being such a support when I needed a little boost.

When she launched Taste of Yellow this year, she added a little photo contest opportunity with the request that our picture had to feature the yellow cancer wristband. Name your color, I got it, but in this case when I went to get mine wrapped around Teddy The Mini Bear I discovered that this ferocious beast had a field trip with the bear and the bracelet. I got online and figured I would order a bag of 10 and give them out to friends and family and right after I hit "buy", an email from Barbara came in reading that she had some and would I like her to send me one (from Australia this time, because she moved) Yep, Ma’m! I gave the whole bag I purchased away and kept hers for the photo shot and away from the beast of the house! Thank you my dear, macarons look great wrapped in yellow! The "funny" thing this year is that LiveStrong day falls on my birthday, a date my brother never missed although he was completely in his own world when it came to dates and celebrations. Life has a way to remind you of the big things doesn’t it?

Allright, what about Barbara’s event and the food…. It has to be yellow for one and since it has been in the 80sF around here lately I decided not to turn the oven on too long and make something refreshing. A tropical "verrine" of mango, fruit salad, and whipped Greek yogurt with peach ganache macarons…yellow, yellow…Of course I had to stick a macaron in there..eheheh!! That went down so easy last night as we were sitting on the porch, reminiscing about the first time B. met my bother in Montmartre in front of a big bowl of spaghetti and the first time he met my grandmother at her house in front of one of her famous tarts and a cup of tea. Great memories…the best (someone pass me a Kleenex).

I need to add after reading several comments that you do not need a yellow wristband to enter the event, it is just to take part in the photo contest. However, purchasing one or several through the Lance Armstrong Foundation will help fight this nasty disease.

Verrines and Peach Macarons. Copyright©Tartelette-2008
Tropical Fruit Verrines With Peach Macarons:

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For the verrines (serves 4)

2 mangoes

2 Tb lime juice

1 pint fresh raspberries

1 cup diced fresh pineapple

2 kiwis, skinned and diced

1 bananas, skinned and diced

1 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks

For the bottom layer, peel the mango and cut in rough chunks, run them through the food processor with the lime juice until you obtain a fine puree. Divide it evenly among four glasses or dishes.

Peel and dice the remaining mango and mix it with the other fruits to get a nice fruit salad, add a couple of Tbs of lemon juice to prevent the fruits from turning brown if you want. Divide on top of the mango puree evenly among the glasses.

Mix the Greek yogurt and the whipped cream and top each glass with it. Sprinkle with crushed sugar cookies if your desire. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Macarons shells:

3 egg whites (I like to use 1-2 day old egg whites)

50 gr. granulated sugar

200 gr. powdered sugar

110 gr. ground almonds

1 drop yellow food coloring

1 drop red food coloring

For the whites: the day before (24hrs), separate your eggs and store the whites at room temperature on a covered container. If you want to use 48hrs (or more) egg whites, you can store them in the fridge.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to a foam, gradually add the sugar until you obtain a glossy meringue. Do not overbeat your meringue or it will be too dry and your macarons won’t work. Combine the ground almonds and powdered sugar in a food processor and give them a quick pulse. It will break the powdered sugar lumps and combine your almonds with it evenly. Add them to the meringue, give it a quick fold and remove some of the batter that will remain uncolored. Add the food colorings to the rest and fold the mass carefully until you obtain a batter that flows like magma or a thick ribbon. Give quick strokes at first to break the mass and slow down. The whole process should not take more than 50 strokes. Test a small amount on a plate: if the tops flattens on its own you are good to go. If there is a small beak, give the batter a couple of turns. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip (Ateco #807 or #809) with the batter and pipe small rounds (1.5 inches in diameter) onto parchment paper baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 300F. Let the macarons sit out for an hour to harden their shells a bit and bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on their size. Let cool.

If you have trouble removing the shells, pour a couple of drops of water under the parchment paper while the sheet is still a bit warm and the macarons will lift up more easily do to the moisture. Don’t let them sit there in it too long or they will become soggy. Pipe or spoon some ganache on one shell and sandwich with another one.

If you use fresh whites, zap them up in the microwave on medium high for 20 seconds to mimic the aging process.

For the Peach Ganache:

150 gr good quality white chocolate

1 peach

75 ml heavy cream

Bring a small pot filled with water to a boil on the stove and cook the peach in it for a couple of minutes. Remove from the water, let cool, peel and chop into rough chunks. Run them through the food processor until you get a fine peach puree. Set aside.In a bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the white chocolate until completely smooth. Remove from the heat and add the heavy cream and peach puree. Gently incorporate all the ingredients together until your ganache is smooth. Refrigerate until of piping consistency and fill the macarons shells with it.

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LyB April 7, 2008 um 3:58 pm

Helen, I’m going to need a Kleenex too! So much emotion in this post, not to mention beautiful goodies. As always, a wonderful read and those treats are making me hungry!

Kristen April 7, 2008 um 4:10 pm

What an amazing event. It is so hard to lose someone to that horrible disease. I lost my dad and brother and everyday I think of how different it would be if they were still here. At least we can remember tham and show our support to those who are still going through that trial. This event sounds amazing, what a great way to bring recognition to those who have fought and continue to fight cancer!

On another note, the food looks amazing, as always!

Cannelle Et Vanille April 7, 2008 um 4:30 pm

wonderful recipe and so refreshing! yay, i need that in this humidity! funny you made something with peaches because i was going to make a recipe with nectarines the other day and when i got home, the inside was brown and grainy so i had to switch fruits. more on that later!

Katy April 7, 2008 um 4:49 pm

your macaroons are the cutest things ever. i love the new banner too!

Scott at Real Epicurean April 7, 2008 um 5:00 pm

Delicious. I never made macaroons but they look so sweet!

Babeth April 7, 2008 um 5:13 pm

Great recipe and also thanks for the link to Livestrong. It’s cause to remember. I’m gonna check-out right away the blog you mentioned.

That Girl April 7, 2008 um 5:48 pm

I am so impressed by your macarons! They seem so complicated to make, yet somehow you make them seem so light and easy.

Anonymous April 7, 2008 um 6:10 pm

Your macarons are incredible, a feast for the eyes. Nice story and as always the pictures are lovely.

anadelicias April 7, 2008 um 6:22 pm

I love your macarons!!!

I´ve never done but i´m going to try it… When?? I don´t know, I´ve a lot of culinary works…


Rachel@fairycakeheaven April 7, 2008 um 6:27 pm

A beautiful post and beautiful memories to have, I’ve lost a few family members to cancer and a very young friend has it at the moment. It does make you live and love stronger!

I must see if I can get a band in Ireland somewhere to join in with this.

Chris April 7, 2008 um 6:41 pm

Beautiful post and memories. I totally understand not being able to wrote everything going on in your head. I always get choked up thinking about my gram.

I love these macaroons. Mark this on the list for when I swing by! 🙂

Cookie baker Lynn April 7, 2008 um 7:52 pm

What a wonderful post. I can hear how much you miss your brother and grandmother in your writing. Your macarons are, as always, beautiful. What a fitting way to honor the ones who hold such a special place in your heart.

Bridget April 7, 2008 um 8:05 pm

Thanks for this post and the link to the event. I will definitely partcipate this year…I’m so glad to know about it. I lost biggest cheerleader (mom) to cancer 8 years ago. I’m glad to find a way to pay tribute to her! 🙂

creampuff April 7, 2008 um 10:15 pm

It’s beautiful, Helene! What a fabulous tribute!

Anonymous April 7, 2008 um 10:21 pm

is anyone else bugged when people call them "macaroons"? it’s a totally different treat! macarons!

PheMom April 7, 2008 um 10:45 pm

I thought it was a very eloquent tribute to your brother and grandmother. I just wish I could think of something more eloquent to say in this post than that it touched me. I don’t know what else to say, so I’ll just say that your macarons are beautiful as usual and thank you for sharing.

Peabody April 7, 2008 um 11:27 pm

I keep forgetting to do this…I need to.
It all looks stunning. Beautiful as always.

Veron April 7, 2008 um 11:56 pm

we must be on the same wavelenght. I’ve been thinking of tropical flavors lately. Love the verrine- can’t go wrong with mangoes!

Manggy April 7, 2008 um 11:58 pm

Oboy. Another Kleenex for me, please.. Thank you for sharing these sweet memories despite the bitterness of loss. I don’t know if the pain will ever completely go away (or if we even want it to), but to be able to smile when you think of them and make such beautiful food in the process is a good way to start. (When I saw the macaroons on tastespotting looking so perfect, I knew it had to be you!)

Gretchen Noelle April 8, 2008 um 12:06 am

Wow! Beautiful post and lovely food. I am always so impressed by what you create.

Lori April 8, 2008 um 1:25 am

Yes, I am crying too. I lost my Aunt ,my favorite aunt, to cancer. We buried her on New years Eve. I lost my mother in law also to cancer. Beautiful, wonderful, strong women. So sad.

On a happy note. I too made macarons today. First time. Thanks to your inspiration. Thank you again for your wonderful blog.

Anonymous April 8, 2008 um 1:29 am

Lovely memories… and those are the one witch should stay with us and not the sad ones…
Lovely recipe! And georgeous picstures too! Thanks for sharin and for the comment you left on my blog 🙂

Barbara April 8, 2008 um 2:02 am

Helene you are just the sweetest person. Thank you for your lovely words. I’m sure we would be great friends if we lived next door to each other. You might get a little tired of me always wanting to be in your kitchen watching you cook up another delicious dish.

Fabulous entry, love the photograph. Thank you for supporting LiveSTRONG With A Taste Of Yellow.

RecipeGirl April 8, 2008 um 4:52 am

Such a great event. I’m still thinking of something to do. I need to find a little yellow wristband though first.

Very pretty picture too 🙂

Big Boys Oven April 8, 2008 um 5:31 am

suchj a desireable dessert, I am wanting them now! lol!

Anonymous April 8, 2008 um 6:01 am

I looooove French macarons and these look fantastic. Peaches and white chocolate… just the thought makes me drool.

Botacook April 8, 2008 um 10:51 am

Superbes recettes, dont j’adore les couleurs! Et très belle initiative. J’aimerais participer cette année… ça y est, j’y réfléchis déjà! 😉

aforkfulofspaghetti April 8, 2008 um 10:54 am

Ah, yet another visual – and, no doubt, taste-bud – feast…

Anonymous April 8, 2008 um 11:41 am

What a GREAT idea for an event! I love it! And those peach macaroons look just divine!

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy April 8, 2008 um 12:05 pm

Thanks for the reminder – I loved participating last year.

Your macarons always amaze me. I love the new header, too!

Patricia Scarpin April 8, 2008 um 1:40 pm

Stunning colors, beautiful presentation, Helen.

LizNoVeggieGirl April 8, 2008 um 2:46 pm

such a heart-felt event and cause – wonderful!! and of course you created a lovely dessert, in its honor :0)

and yellow is my favorite color!! haha.

Cheryl April 8, 2008 um 3:54 pm

Such a beautiful post. I am getting ready to sign up for my second year walking in the Race for the Cure. It was a such a wonderful and powerful event to take part in last year. I wouldn’t miss it.

This is such a great event and your verrines are simply stunning.

Anonymous April 8, 2008 um 5:24 pm

Food for the mouth, food for the eyes, food for the soul.
C’est parfait.

Erin April 8, 2008 um 5:38 pm

You’re blog is wonderful, and I was so honored to see you posted comments on my new little blog! This post had so much feeling in it, and all of your recipes are georgeous! Very inspiring (both the livestrong idea and your recipes too).

I love love love macarons, and eat them excessivly when I’m in Paris. One of these days I’ll have to make them, so I can enjoy them at home.

Deborah April 8, 2008 um 5:44 pm

What a beautiful post, followed by beautiful food!

Kelly-Jane April 8, 2008 um 5:59 pm

Lovely food and post too 🙂

Mike of Mike's Table April 8, 2008 um 7:32 pm

Great write up. And I have to stop looking at your desserts…this looks absolutely amazing! I am now officially starving

Allyson April 8, 2008 um 7:35 pm

I’m going to France in May and I’m so excited to have a box of macarons!

ChichaJo April 9, 2008 um 2:01 am

I think I’m going to need a little kleenex too! What a poignant post and tribute to your brother…and to Barbara, a blogger I truly admire! I also wouldn’t miss this event…

That verrine sounds marvellous…especially in this heat!

Melita April 9, 2008 um 3:41 am

I am presenting you with the E award!

I love your blog; it is so inspiring, with such pretty pictures, and great recipes!

Check out my post about the award, and get your badge there (if you’d like to display it)! 🙂

Vanillaorchid April 9, 2008 um 6:11 am

It’s a nice post with good memories and beautiful dessert.

Your macarons are perfect and fabulous. I like this pastel colour!!

Tropical Fruit Verrine are nice and colourful.

Warda April 9, 2008 um 5:49 pm

I lost my grand mother to cancer. Next Friday will be six years since she left us. She was everything for me. You reminded me to join the fight this year again. Thanks again, my sweet Helene!

Nicole April 9, 2008 um 5:53 pm

These look delicious! I LOVE your photos and the colors. As well as the colors in your header.

Carrie April 9, 2008 um 10:08 pm

AAAAHHHHHHHgggghhhhhhh! You are killing me with all these fantastic recipes! I would say quit it, but at least i will die happy! My poor computer is almost full with all of your recipes. Thank you for such amazing work!


glamah16 April 10, 2008 um 3:49 am

I can so imagine the flavors. Great post and great event.

Jen Yu April 10, 2008 um 4:05 am

My dear friend, I never knew how you lost your brother. I wish I could reach out and give you a hug to let you know that I understand how you feel having lost a sibling, myself. Your heart is so kind, so sweet. I think your culinary creations are gorgeous, but merely a fraction as beautiful as your soul. xxoo

Liz April 11, 2008 um 3:22 am

All of your macaron experiments have inspired me to try my own! Thank you for such delightful, gorgeous posts.

eatme_delicious April 11, 2008 um 6:01 am

Ooo those peach macarons look and sound amazing. I’m saving many of your macaron recipes for when I finally take the plunge and attempt making them!

Anonymous April 11, 2008 um 8:22 am

hi, i’ve been reading your blog for a while now and am always amazed of your macarons. i was wondering if you could do a step-by-step process on how to make macarons (with pictures included). i’ve tried making macarons a few times but i can’t seem to get them right. how fine should the ground almonds be? and what should the meringue look like? thank you. 🙂

MyKitchenInHalfCups April 15, 2008 um 2:44 am

The Verines, macarons and their photos are always beautiful beyond me!
Your words make me so glad you’re you and willing to be here and share.

TBC April 22, 2008 um 12:12 am

Your pics are such a visual delight!

Jaime April 27, 2008 um 7:03 pm

peach macarons? mmmm! i wish i was one of your neighbors 🙂

Anonymous July 23, 2008 um 7:19 am

Good Job! 🙂

birdsflysouth August 11, 2008 um 5:53 am

These were my first successful macaroons and I accidently picked up white chocolate with coconut but used it anyway. It wasnt as peachy as I wanted, but the coconut brought it out a little more. I also put little gold dragees on them, so cute! love this recipe 🙂

Anonymous December 14, 2008 um 4:38 pm

Wow, awesome macarons! Is there a specific time to use ganache as a filling versus buttercream?

Deeba PAB July 1, 2010 um 10:27 am

I've had this bookmarked for 2 years! Finally made it today, and it's looking so good and colourful. Thanks for posting it!

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