September 2009


Earlier this year I shared the news of my impending nuptials – and the plan for my French macaron wedding favors.  Coordinating with the colours of the wedding (emerald green, aqua and lavender), a wave of flavour suggestions were made.

And quickly, my macaron trials were on!

1. Champagne Macarons
2. Liquorice Macarons
3. Blueberry Macarons
4. Matcha Tea Macarons

But the ultimate winner?  Champagne Macarons, bien sûr.

Now after all the planning, the big day has arrived.  This image is just a sneak peek of day.  Mr Mélanger and I are now enjoying our honeymoon.

I will return in October and share a few more images of the wedding preparation and the big day.

Plus, I will be raring to go with caramel.  With a 3-1 vote, it is the clear victor for my next monthly baking theme!  Thank you everyone for your choices.  Having a serious weakness for chocolate, I was totally surprised with the outcome – but I am really excited about the challenge.

A bientôt!

{ Image } ::  Mr Mélanger & Julia
Location @ Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Photography shot by Sarah Sculley of Sculley Design


I have always believed the saying, when it rains it pours.  And sometimes, just sometimes, the heavens open up and release an absolute deluge.  If the truth be told, I think the water meter has just been turned on full force for me!

In only a few short days, I am on a single digit count down to my wedding day.  Taking a heavy DIY approach to my wedding has been unquestionably beneficial for my budget, but is taking a toll on my time as a consequence.

As organised as I typically try to be, there is a considerable amount of tasks that require my attention.  Added to that, predictably, activity at work has picked up exponentially, too.  All my spare time seems to have magically disappeared.  So in order to manage all of this effectively – and my sanity! – I unfortunately need to take a short break from this site.   As hard as that will be for me.  And it will be hard.

But come October, after my wonderfully relaxing honeymoon, I will be back.  And naturally, ready to start baking again.  In fact, I will be starved of my favourite past-time by then, so will be raring to go!  Like my pastry adventures during August, I will be dedicating a whole month to a single theme.

And I want you to choose. 

option 1 copyCreamy and crunchy.  Hard and Soft.  A well placed decoration or the all round star of the show.  A month of caramel inspired treats.or copyoption 2 copyDecadent and rich.  Fudgey and whisper light.  Chocolate front and centre or paired with other flavours with success.  A month of chocolate desserts.

Have your vote.  And when I return, I will kick off October with the most popular choice.  Please leave a comment with your selection.  I already have a few ideas of what to bake in each category, but send my way any suggestions or ideas, too!

I hope you enjoy voting.  I am looking forward to seeing your comments and selections.  (I wonder which option will win?!)

Until then, I will miss being able to share my baking adventures, and keeping up to date with all of yours.  But it is only for a short time…and (as I keep telling myself), will pass in a jiffy!