This month's fun MacTweets Challenge was to create a macaron based on a song.
I found myself with a list way to long to choose from so I decided to represent my two extremes, classical and punk rock. There are plenty of music styles I love in between - show tunes, world music, Disco, Jazz, Gospel... but me, I have always been motivated by extremes.
Dr. B is a Wagner freak. He saw his first Ring in 1988 and opera is heard most frequently in our house. He can sit with the texts for hours playing the music and following along, studying the way the pieces were constructed.
Before we met, I wasn't much into opera except a piece here and there. Then came total immersion when we lived in Munich. I sat through all 16 hours (on four separate nights) of The Ring at the Munich Opera. It was a modern version. Siegfried was represented as a homeboy with a boom box and the Rhine Maidens were three slutty party girls. Even though Wagner may have been spinning in his grave, it was a fabulous piece of theater with a opera star studded cast and I loved it.
The Ring is represented at the highest point of our home, almost like a place of reverence... These prints watch over the kitchen.
So I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a macaron to them:
Rhinegold Macarons with Bavarian Cream Filling
Using Tartelette's Macaron recipe, I left the shells without food coloring and then painted them with gold luster dust liquified with a little vodka
For the Bavarian Cream filling I used this recipe.
However, often when I am alone in my kitchen I resort to my teenage punk rock years and especially love to blast the Ramones - I wanna Be Sedated being my favorite.
I loved punk rock when I was in my teens and 20's, had hot Pink hair and am still in possession of my vintage selection of motorcycle jackets. Many nights were spent at clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGBs (RIP) pogo-ing into the early hours of the morning to live punk bands like the Ramones.
My macaron tribute to my punk years are these:
Punk Rock Pink Macarons with Sugar Coma Marshmallow Filling
I used neon pink food coloring for the shells.
Because my drug of choice has always been and always will be sugar, for the filling I went back to the Ramones song I wanna Be Sedated and created a Sugar Coma Marshmallow filling.
- 1 cup marshmallow cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Black gel food coloring
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl using a mixer until smooth.
Add black gel food coloring.
Put filling into a pastry bag and refrigerate for 15 minutes before using.
Now if I could only learn to slam dance and fold batter at the same time....