A Happy Ending

Okay. Now I’m satisfied. I just ate the most perfect, delicious, wonderfully French little dessert. I ate three of the frozen mini macaroons that I got in school today and had a cup of hot chocolate with the *special* hot chocolate mix that I brought back with me on the airplane from a very very VERY famous pastry store in Paris: Fauchon. The macaroons were utter perfection. They don’t actually freeze in the freezer, they just get really chewy and the jam in the middle is still soft and squirts out when you bite into it. The cookie is chewy, yet fragile at the same time with specks of almonds in it’s delicate shell. I still have two more in the freezer….must resist……..





For those of you wanting a calorie estimate on a dessert like this I can’t tell you an exact number…I used 6 ounces of skim milk and mixed it with one packet of chocolate mix that contained only the highest quality chocolate, vanilla and sugar. Combined with three mini (about the size of a quarter) macaroons, which are meringue based with sugar, egg whites and almonds, I would have to say this entire dessert was somewhere in the range of 280-290.  But…really, who knows.

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  • linds
    January 17, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Fauchon! Oh I’m jealous. The patisserie down the street from me carries Valhrona chocolate, which tastes just divine…Your hot chocolate is reminding me that I still have a couple squares hiding somewhere in my kitchen… Oh and your dinner saga cracks me up haha they should really have a warning label somewhere on the can when the contents include skin and bones… Better luck tomorrow night 🙂

  • Sarah (another one!)
    January 17, 2008 at 3:05 am

    First of all I LOVE your blog! You seriously are such an inspiration to me, you’re living the healthy lifestyle I’m working hard to achieve. We’re really similar—I’m also a student (undergrad) who loves cooking, nutrition, running, and yoga! I’m taking nutrition101 this semester, the first class starts tomorrow, at 8:05am, yuck, but I’m so excited about it.

    This is the first year that I’m living in a house off-campus as opposed to the dorms. I was just wondering about portions. I’m not a very experienced cook (yet!) but I love trying new recipes and got a lot of great cookbooks recently (I recommend Cooking Light Annual Recipes). My problem is that most of the recipes make 4-8 servings and I’m just cooking for one! I get so sick of eating leftovers because I always want to try something new. I stick stuff in the freezer but then always forget about it, and I hate wasting food. Should I just cut all the ingredients in half and make less portions? The only problem with this is that when I buy chicken and I only use .5lb or so, I never know what to do with the rest of the raw meat. Any suggestions for cooking for 1 would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks and keep up the yummy eating : )

  • ally
    January 17, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Hey Jenna
    Just found your site and think its GREAT!! Reminds me how nice it is to cook for myself and enjoy food! Thanks for sharing!

  • Krista
    January 17, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I just discovered a new delicious way to make healthy pizza. I took a burrito sized whole wheat tortilla and toasted it in the oven. Then I topped it with duck sauce, chicken, mozerrella cheese, scallions, red bell pepper, bean sprouts, carrots and a drizzle of peanut sauce…put it back in the oven for to melt cheese…so fast and healthy…I made a thai style one but my boyfreind had a traditional tomato sauce and cheese and his was delicious as well…just thought I’d share because it took 15 minutes!

  • Alicia
    January 17, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I simply love macarons done well. My favourite one is from Pierre Herme. It’s To Die For. The first time I popped one into my mouth, I was inundated with euphoria. It was literally happiness. It made me high with joy. And I am not a macaron fan. That’s because I had a few inferior ones masquerading as macarons.

    Second favourite is Jean Pierre Hevin. Both macarons were bought in Japan. I had to beg my best friend and brother to bring back the macarons for me.:) I tried Lenotre pattiserie’s version in bangkok and it’s alright.

    To Krista:

    Thanks for sharing! I will try that soon. 🙂

  • jenna
    January 17, 2008 at 11:32 am


    I think the best thing you can do is cut the portion sizes down when you cook. That’s what I ALWAYS do it seems so that I minimize waste and unnecessary freezer food. Things like soups I make the full size but others I usually just cut down to one. See how it works!


    That sounds great! I’ll have to try it. I love thai inspired things!


    Its funny how you have to go international to get quality macaroons! They just dont make them here the way I love…yum!

  • Caitlin
    January 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    I love that the hot chocolate package says “drinking chocolate”!!!

    Also – is there any possibly way you’d be able to share that macaroon recipe with us?

  • Caitlin
    January 17, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    *possible 🙂

  • jenna
    January 17, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I WISH i had the macaroon recipe….that was the pastry chef’s special recipe so I doubt I will ever get my hands on it…you could probably find something online though or in a french cookbook……