Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Of Macarons & My New Toy

On Friday of last week, I found out that I passed my final medical school exams. It was such a huge relief, though I'm not sure that it has entirely sunken in yet. I still have six more weeks of shadowing to do and I have to graduate in July, but I am pretty much done, which feels amazing. As you can probably imagine, I'm feeling a little bit pleased with myself and so I decided that I deserve a treat. I have been dreaming of and saving up for a better camera for years, thinking that the end of university would be a good milestone at which to buy one. I am very excited to say that I have done it - I have bought myself a Canon 60D and a fancy lens. I was like a child in a sweetshop, whilst buying it; uttering little outbursts of glee every few seconds. The magnitude of my excitement, however, was only realised about fifteen minutes later when I stopped in my tracks and burst into tears; much to the amusement of the ginge, who is quite used to my tearful explosions of emotion. We both stood and laughed; me with tears included, the Ginge without, until I regained sensibility and we went off to celebrate with a warm cup of tea. The next day, it poured with rain, so I didn't manage to get out and take any photos. I did however have my first successful attempt at making macarons and I managed to take a few snaps of them. I was really pleased with how straightforward the recipe was, even the italian meringue buttercream, which is completely delicious. I made vanilla cases filled with either raspberry, chocolate or coffee buttercream. They are all delicious, but the chocolate is particularly good. I would thoroughly recommend this recipe (thank you so much to Tori for the recommendation). Here are a few photos of my exploits, taken with my new baby. Can't wait to take and show you more - hooray! 

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  1. You'll be addicted to that camera! So glad you're enjoying it, those macaroons look delicious! x

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    1. I am totally addicted - I need more time to use it and try new things though! Xx

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  2. Firstly - BIG congratulations. You have been on a huge course and should be proud of yourself. Secondly those macaroooons look fab. A stunning combo of your cooking skills & that lens has created some beautiful photos x

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    1. Whoa, what a comment! Thank you, Karen! Xx

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  3. OMG! JEALOUS of that camera... but you soooo deserve it! Congratulations lovely! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, lovely Lou! I totally endorse the purchasing of this camera - do it! Xx

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  4. Congratulations! Your macarons look the picture of elegance. I thought you'd mispelt them but on further investigation I discovered the difference between macarons and macaroons. Now I know. Thanks.

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    1. I got confused about the macaroon/macaron difference for a while, but now know that it is a very important one! Xx

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  5. Oh Naomi, I'm so happy for you! Very well done with passing all your exams and all that hard work. And the macarons look amazing - I've never eaten one before so I'd better get cooking! x

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    1. Thanks Jen! Get cooking - the recipe is dead simple and super tasty! Xx

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  6. Massive congratulations on your course - and how nice that every time you use your camera you'll think of it! And secondly - yours look better than mine.... I'm pleased the recipe worked!

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    1. Thank you, Tori! You're right, it is so nice to associate the two things together. Mine definitely don't look better than yours though. In fact, I was thinking the exact opposite. I loved the way you painted the colour on yours! Thanks again for the recipe. Xxx

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  7. Yay! Huge Congratulations! And what a great way to celebrate - you so deserve it. The pictures have come out brilliantly, as have the macarons. I can't wait to see even more stunning pictures on your blog. x

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    1. Thank you so much. All of these comments have been overwhelming! Xx

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  8. First attempt, so impressed! D xx

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    1. Hooray! Thanks, Dawn. I couldn't believe how well they came out - I owe that entirely to the recipe! Xx

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