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Mean macarons. And happy cupcakes!

Oh, and if you are part of our food24 blogging community... you'll know there have been lots of rumblings in that corner of our site. We've got some funky plans though, and you can read up on them here.

21 Jul 2011

Hi everyone,

Didn’t your heart just sink last night when that macaron tower was presented to last night’s MasterChef Australia contestants? I am seriously considering cancelling my tapas plans at Bistro 1682 tonight, so that I can stay home and watch the end result of that challenge in real time. (Thank God for my PVR!)

I have long despised the macaron. I know it’s ridiculous to take against a piece of confectionary, but sadly, it’s true.

There’s just something so mean about macarons, in my experience. Form is so often sacrificed for taste... so these tempting plates of vibrantly coloured beauty tend to end in a sad mouthful of dry powder. It’s almost as if they grace the tea table as a rebuke: “Aren’t we beautiful? Just don’t touch now.”

I know, I know. This was all before I actually tasted a GOOD macaron, which is a ridiculously rare mouthful of marvellousness. But by then it was too late. I had chosen sides... and sidled up to the cupcake. Vote here for your favourite.

The cupcake, by its very nature, is a thing of comfort and friendliness. It’s hard to screw up, but satisfyingly tricky to conquer. It’s appealing to both old and young, and can happily accommodate all manner of experimentation – from savoury to sweet, and a range of interesting stops in between.

Which is why I so thoroughly enjoyed the Blogger Cupcake Competition we’ve been running on Food24, and why I was so excited by the flood of entries – everything from the breathtaking to the disturbing. Caro chose her top five, which you – the readers – then narrowed down to three winners. My heartfelt congratulations to Alida Ryder, Nina Timm and Terry Cohen.

So what’s next?

In fact, we had so much fun... we’re launching a hamburger competition this week. Yup, send in your top recipes for perfect patties and fantasmagorical toppings, which transform the humble hamburger into a thing of true culinary fabulousness. There’s R1750 to be won!

I am having way too much fun here. Can you tell? (Oh... and don’t get me STARTED on petit fours. Actually, distract me from them, but sharing your ridiculous food prejudices or anthropomorphisms.) <link to the blog>

Love &  happy food,
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