I can't think of macaroons without remember my Grandpa who loved them. In fact, the only macaroons I remember eating in my childhood came from him. Despite the sentimental connection, I am not so keen on baked goods that are loaded with egg. So a vegan version of macaroons is just my thing. Except that I am not vegan so I feel free to use honey for the sweetener. I found a healthy macaroon recipe and then remembered the macaroons from Ricki Heller's Sweet Freedom that included ground almonds and tahini. I combined the two and got what is already a favourite biscuit.
When I made these macaroons last week I was in need of chocolate by the end of the day. It had been a busy day. We went to the pool where Sylvia was very proud of herself. Using a noodle (aka a flotation device) she was able to kick her way through the water! I think we call that swimming! Lunch was at Trippy Taco in Collingwood - the Tofu Asada Burrito was nice but not great. Hopefully we will get there again to try other dishes.
- Today I asked her what sort of milk she likes and she said "chook's milk". (She actually loves soy milk.)
- She loves to ask me "Are you a good witch or a bad witch?" You may recognise this question - it comes from The Wizard of Oz.
- Her favourite place is on windy castle or windy hill (aka the back of the sofa) where she likes to jump or be a shopkeeper. Far better there than deciding to sell off my crockery from the cupboard!
- She loves to sing "The Sound of Music" as we wander through the shops.
- Her sense of time is still developing. She loves talking about "last day" or "next day" or even "annunna day". Last week she told me "when I was a big girl I played with those bigs girls." Um, no. That would be her plans for when she is a big girl. However I hope she wont be playing with the girls she referred to because they were shop window dummies.
- She had her first haircut at a hairdressers today. They asked quietly if she would like a lollypop. I said no. The next place we went to she was given a lollypop anyway! Sigh! She was delighted. It got "lost" rather quickly.
- Another amusing conversation was on the way to work when she was questioning me about why was I going to work. Finally after some discussion I told her I go to work to be paid and then I spend the money at the shops. There was a long silence. Then she said, "that's amazing!" A few days later on a slow morning when I told her I had to get to work or I wouldn't be paid, she said "well you just go to the supermarket and they will pay you money". Does that mean she was amazed I went to work for money when I could just go down the supermarket for money?
- I have caught her a few times "doing the dishes" in the bathroom. Sweet, yes. However I would prefer she doesn't wash my toothbrush in soapy water!
- When we were down the street today someone asked her what her name was. She answered "Dolly's mum".
- She is really into sticky tape, the hole punch, scissors, pens, making presents and whatever other mess she can create! She is not that interested in cleaning it up.
I am sending these chocolate macaroons to Amy's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: SOS Chilli non carne with carob and kasha
Two years ago: GF Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies
Three years ago: The Carlton Paragon Café
Four years ago: Rethinking Bread and Butter Pudding
Five years ago: MM #12: A marriage of vanilla and chocolate
Adapted from Ricki Heller's Sweet Freedom (recipe in Cookstr) and Healthful Pursuit
Makes about 36
2 cups dessicated coconut
3/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tbsp ground linseeds (flax seeds)
1/2 cup honey (or other sweetener)
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp vanilla
Line two baking trays with either baking paper or silicone mats. Preheat oven to 180 C.
Place dry ingredients into a largish mixing bowl. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Dampen palms and roll walnut sized balls, then flatten slightly between palms and place on baking trays.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes until dry to touch. (I baked mine at 190 C for 11 minutes to make amends for my oven's vagaries). Cool on the tray - they will be very fragile when warm but easy to handle once cold - though you may need an eggflip or spatula to prise them off the silicone mat. Ours kept for a week in an airtight container.
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