We commented on each other’s blog often. We chatted on facebook. We teased each other LUCY because we shared a lot of common traits. Yesterday, we finally get to meet each other in person for lunch. Yes, I met Ping of Ping's Pickings in person yesterday for lunch. She brought with her a box of homemade pineapple tarts and some special coffee.
Pineapple tarts from Ping (click on photo to get
the recipe at Ping's Pickings
They look so delicate and as soon as I arrived home after our meet, I popped one in my mouth and I ended up eating half of them. I had to stop myself so as to not finish them all and be left with nothing to take these photos. That is how yummy they are. Thanks Lucy (Ping), I can’t call you Aunty Lucy because you are so much younger than me.
I brought some macarons which I made last night with me, thinking that we can both enjoy them with a cup of coffee after lunch. Unfortunately it was the wrong flavor of filling for her. I made lemon curd durian fillings and regretfully, she does not eat durian.
(Another "Lucy" moment?) I should have made the kumquat chocolate ganache filling for her. Well, there is always the next time and I am looking forward to it already. I have been very fortunate this week to also meet up with Yen and hubby of Eat Your Heart Out and Mei Yee and hubby of I Am A Witch. I have a lot of notes from that meet up and will blog about the wonderful visit we had next week.
Vanilla Macarons with lemon curd and durian fillings
Ping and I had a wonderful lunch and I gave her an earful of my bad experience with the real estate agents. She shared her stories of similar experiences with me. After lunch we adjourned to have coffee. I said, “Let’s go to Table for Two” for coffee. She laughed and said, “I think it is Tea for Two.” When we reached the coffee place, we realized both of us were wrong, it was “Tea Forty Two”. So now you know why we call each other Lucy? LOL!
I love my new friend already. I am just in awe over how truly amazing she is! Direct and not pretentious at all. It feels as though I just spent my afternoon with my best friend, someone I have known forever. We will definitely hang out again sometime soon, aren’t we Lucy (Ping)?
Here is the recipe for the macarons.
Lemon curd and durian fillings:
1 cup mashed durian pulps
1/2 cup lemon curd (click to get the recipe)
Mix till both mashed durian pulps and lemon curd thoroughly till fully incorporated.
Vanilla Macarons shells (click to get the recipe)
Note: This batch of macarons did not turn out as perfect as my last batch. There were many bumpy and cracked shells and the legs were not even. I think I did not let it dry long enough because I was eager to get it done and go to hit the sack. I should have let it dry for another half hour. I found the fillings a bit sweeter than I like. I think it is because the durian was very sweet. I used "Musang King" durian. I suggest that you reduce the sugar on the lemon curd so that it will be less sweet. Instead of 3/4 cup, use just 1/2 cup of sugar.
I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers Challenge #17 - March Macaron Madness (March 2012 ) hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies