Madame Macaron features in the August issue of Get It Magazine ( Umhlanga / Ballito )

2015 has been a year filled with wonderful experiences and opportunities and we are proud to be featured in the August issue of Get It Magazine (Umhlanga/Ballito ) .

A big thank you to Get It Mag and Monique De Villiers-Delport for an amazing piece.

You can read the online version of the article here or have a look at the digital version of the magazine HERE ( we’re on page 30-31 😉 )

Let us know what you think and be sure to enter the competition at the end of the article!

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Photo credit for featured image: Get It Mag (NC) and Mark Le Roux Photography

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Book For The Women’s Day Macaron Class 

Book & spend a fun morning learning the art of macaron making.

Get hands on experience when you make your own macarons to take home with you.

The class also incl. Tea, coffee, treats and a wonderful gift.

Book at HERE or mail Info@madamemacron.co.za

Space is limited and bookings close on Wednesday, 29 August.

Hope to see you there!

Hello Monday : Eat All The Cake

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Hello Monday!

After a 500 3 week long school holiday the kids are back to school today and life will return to somewhat normal programming.

I have to say that although I did endeavour to take some time off and enjoy the holidays with my girls, it was a very busy period for me filled with many, many cakes, so I don’t really think that that they minded at all.

This Wednesday I will be posting Tip # 2/20 in my Macaron Files series (Know Your Almonds). If you missed the first tip you can find it here.

Then on Friday will be a healthy but delicious recipe from GI Jane in the Blogger Recipe series and somewhere in between I will be sharing my recipe for Gluhwein and my Chocolate Gluhwein Cake. So, stay tuned for an awesome week ahead!

Here are a few photos of my favourite bakes from the past few weeks.

If you’ve seen something that you like, you can always head over to our contact page and send us an enquiry or just leave a comment here to let us know which one you loved the most 🙂

xxx Viveshni

#CoveredIsCool: The Big Reveal – My Final Look

Drum roll please……

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A special thank you once again to all the sponsors involved and especially Jared and Zuki for making me feel so comfortable during the photoshoot even while dislocating hips and shoulders 🙂

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It really was a special day that I hope I  to have many more of with these phenomenal women.

If you missed the behind the scenes action you can catch up here .

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If you would like to see how the other beautiful ladies looked in the single shots of their final looks ( and trust me you do!), head over to their blog using the links below.

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Also show some love for the sponsors

XXX Viveshni

The Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea 2015

Mother’s Day has come and gone and in the mayhem that preceded the Launch of my classes I forgot this post about my amazing Mother’s Day and the Mother’s Day Class and High Tea. So here it is, better late than never…

As we get older and become parents ourselves it becomes harder to allocate time on days like Mother’s Day between our mothers, our mother-in-laws and then finally ourselves with our kids. So when planning the Mother’s Day Macaron Class & High Tea I had a little bit of a selfish motive. I invited along my mother, my sisters and my mother-in-law to join in the class so that I would get a chance to treat them for Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful group of ladies as always and quite a few mums. The ladies were encouraged to dress up in their most fabulous high tea gear and there was beyond a shadow of a doubt two ladies that met the brief 100%.

The Mother’s Day class was a demo class, so the ladies got to relax while I demonstrated my macaron making technique and shared with them all my secrets. They then had 12 shells waiting for them to fill and decorate. I have to say that this is always the best part of the class for me because the ladies get to release their inner child as they play with the embellishments.

Afterward we all sat down for the high tea. The spread included savoury tarts and phyllo pastry parcels, cupcakes, cakepops, macarons, a chocolate and Bar One Cake, chocolate covered pretzels ( the best thing ever!) and a selection of pastries. I had a wonderful time getting to know a bit about all the ladies and having a laugh as we all shared stories over a cup of tea.

Each lovely lady took home their own tea pot and mug as well as some of the most amazing tea ever that was sponsored by Tea Pigs. They were also surprised with their own bottles of Willow Creek Olive Oil to take home.

The dads can also enjoy their Father’s Day with us at the “Me & My Dad Cupcake Class” on 13 June 2015, 9-12pm. The class is limited to 14 people so please book early.

This is what my Mother’s Day looked like…

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Up, Up and Away… The Media Launch- Madame Macaron at The Dirty Fork

There are times in your life that things seem to fall into place and the signs are all around you, nudging you into new and amazing directions. This year has been one of those times for me. I sometimes, in my rare times of quietness, sit back and marvel at everything that has happened. Building a business is much like a stream etching its way through a mountain until it can become a strong flowing river. It requires patience and perseverance and hard work and there are points where it seems like you will never get there, but little by little you work through it and come out wiser and stronger. I went through a great many rough spots where I felt like throwing in the towel but standing at the front of the kitchen at my very own launch made me so grateful that I stuck it out.

Months of planning finally came to fruition this past Thursday at the official launch of my classes at The Dirty Fork Studio. Thank you to media that attended. I had an amazing, fun time with all of you.

A special thank you to Nadine from The Candy Buffet Company as well for setting up the most adorable candy cart to display all my goodies and to Chef Jacqui Brown for envisioning and creating a venue like the Dirty Fork Kitchen where people can share their passion for food.

A final thank you to my family, who have gone wife-less and mother-less for many days and nights while I toiled away. It is only the beginning of my journey and there is still a long road ahead but I am thankful everyday for such an amazing support system. I love you guys!

The class information and dates have been published here so go to book and I will see you there!

Here are some of the 500+ photos that Justin took on the night…

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During The Class…

Afterward…

Photos From Social Media

Here are 2 of the lovely write ups by Nicola Meyer ( RunOn Coffee) and Inge Loker ( Snap,Sizzle and Cook) about their experience at the Media Launch for the Macaron Classes

xxx Viveshni

Megan Deane Shares My Recipes for Lamb Breyani & A Delicious Chocolate Cake

As you will know, since you are obviously an avid reader of my blog and have followed or subscribed, I recently attend a lunch for Mother’s Day with a Twist, hosted by Megan Deane and as promised here is her post on the event that shares my recipe for lamb breyani as well as the best chocolate cake recipe you will ever have. If you do try the recipes out, please share with me how they turned out!

 You will find it here http://stuffedfeeling.co.za/2015/05/lamb-breyani-and-chocolate-cake/

If you have a look around Megan’s blog, you will also find posts about the other lovely ladies that attended and the recipes for the great food that they brought with.

xxx Viveshni

A Mothers Day Lunch With A Twist Hosted by Megan Deane

There are few things better than good food with good company, especially if you are a food blogger. Megan Deane ( Stuffed Feeling ) put these key elements together along with a beautiful venue to host her ‘Mother’s Day With A Twist’ lunch this past Saturday.

I, along with Inge Loker ( Snap,Sizzle,Cook), Verushka Ramasami ( SpiceGoddess), Shirley Berko ( Cuizine Durban) and Nicola Meyer (Run On Coffee) were welcomed into Megan’s home. This lunch tradition was created by Megan in honour of her Mom, who is no longer with us, but was an amazing hostess, so I think it is a definitely a beautiful way to pay tribute.

The brief was that we were to bring along a dish or 2 that had been passes down to us by our mothers. My mind swirled a bit trying to choose the perfect dish and after much deliberation I decided on my lamb breyani as well as a chocolate cake. My mothers breyani is always something that brings back happy memories of the family being together from the time that I was little ,and it’s one of the first recipes of hers that I mastered, so I think it was a fitting choice. The chocolate cake, well I chose that because my sisters and I were lucky enough to have our mother be a ‘stay at home mum ‘ aka Domestic Executive, and I remember coming home from school everyday to something new that she had baked from jam squares to cakes and scones, so the recipe that I used was a twist on the hot milk sponge passed down to her from my grandmother.

The weather was beautiful and perfect for an outdoor lunch. There is an unspoken understanding between food bloggers that you take photos before you touch the food, and boy was there a great range of food to photograph. On the menu was starters of meatballs with the most delicious dipping yoghurt, jalepenos (my fav!) stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon, battered and fried (I don’t think I really need to elaborate on how Ahmazing they were) and loaded potato skins. The mains were the lamb breyani including sambals and sour milk salad that I had made, a vegetable lasagne from Nicola, butter paneer and savoury rice from Verushka, french steaks from Megan and coronation chicken from Inge. The desserts were the chocolate cake, rolly pollies ( love that name ) from Inge, cute animal shaped cookies from Nicola and a crepe dish from Shirley. Needless to say it did feel a lot like Christmas lunch and we were thoroughly stuffed by the end of it as Megan had predicted.

I was so happy and honoured to have spent an afternoon with these lovely ladies, chatting and eating (and eating some more) and a special thank you to Megan for being such a gracious hostess and putting together such a wonderful lunch.

The recipes will be up on Megan’s blog Stuffed Feeling, so I will share once they are posted.I will also finally be kicking off the Blogger Recipe Series this Friday with a most decadent and delicious recipe from Megan and I have a guest post on the cooking classes held by Knorr and J-Something in Johannesburg.

If you haven’t made your plans for Mother’s Day, there are still seats available for the Macaron Class and High Tea. Go here to book -> Classes

Have a happy week!

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