Sweets, Holidays and Wishes

We just delivered the last of our holiday treat boxes this morning with some last minute chestnut macarons in them. Now we have a full day of cooking ahead of us and the anticipation before Christmas Eve. Prawns, foie, rib roast, roasted root vegetables, chocolate mousse cake… all in the works. I am completely thrilled to be sharing the kitchen with my mom this year and to have my family close. That is the biggest gift I could ask for.

So whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you all peace and laughter. Merry Christmas!…Zorionak!

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69 Responses to “Sweets, Holidays and Wishes”

  1. chika says:

    Hi Aran,

    What a gorgeous treat! Just wanted to drop by and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas – hope you, too, will have a lovely holiday filled with peace and laughter. Cheers!

  2. la ninja says:

    lots of laughter and peace for you too. zorionak i molt bones festes.

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Lovely creations!



  4. Vanessa says:

    Your Christmas treats are simply stunning. Happy holidays to you and your family and thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. Janny says:

    Fijn Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar!

  6. Shulie says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    Are the powdered sugar dusted cookies macarons as well?

  7. chestnut macaron look so wonderful!!!

    merry Christmas ^^

  8. Juliana says:

    Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful time with your family.

  9. Dominique says:

    I wish you and all your family a very merry chrismas and a happy new year!!! Cheers! (Champagne!)

  10. Merry Christmas! I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog and admiring the beautiful photos. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  11. last minute chestnut macarons? music to my ears. sheer perfection. merry christmas to you and yours!!

  12. Lauren says:

    Merry Christmas to you as well! I hope you have safe, happy holidays =D.

  13. Merry X’mas & Happy 2010 to you, too!!

    Wonderful macs, as always …


  14. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  15. Margarita says:

    Those macaroons look scrumptious! Merry Christmas!
    Fab Brunette

  16. Y says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Aran! Much love, for 2010! x

  17. Joy says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful and inspiring blog – have a wonderful Xmas :)

  18. Linda says:

    your recipes & photography are just inspiring.
    wishing you & all you hold dear a joyous holiday & best wishes!

  19. Looking forward to your new year posts :) Happy holidays!

  20. So happy you have your family with you Aran. We can all feel the love you share through your writing. Happy Holidays to all of you and a super splendid new year of 2010. Marsha

  21. feliz navidad para ti y los tuyos desde la nevada y fria inglaterra, besitos

  22. Kristin says:

    I love macarons. They look delicious! Merry Christmas!! :)

  23. Peter G says:

    Feliz Navidad Aran…all the best!

  24. Merry Christmas and thank you for all the recipes!

  25. ReNi says:

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  26. Dajda says:

    Thank you, Aran, and a very merry Christmas to you!

  27. Danangib says:

    Merry Christmas for you and your family !!!

  28. ibb says:

    ZORIONAK zuei ere, eta familizarekin ondo igaro. Patxo haundi bat

  29. shulie says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I was wondering is the dusted cookies are macarons as well?
    I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to your 2010 blog entries.

  30. Aran says:

    Shulie- no, those are lemon meltaways.

    thank you everyone and merry christmas!

  31. creampuff says:


    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! All the best!

  32. Those are gorgeous. Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and a joyous new year ahead.


  33. Mélanie says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family. It’s so wonderful to have them close on this day. Have a great new year too!

  34. Zerogluten says:

    Me imagino que tiene que ser especial. Tu niño, la nueva pequeña, tu familia ahora tan cerca… En fin Aran, de corazón Feliz Navidad.

  35. Precious, precious joyous time for you and your family. Enjoy all these delicious fruits of your labor! Feliz fin de año!

  36. Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday together.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  37. Anonymous says:

    Feliz Navidad!!bso Carmen ZH

  38. Gorgeous sweets! Thanks for so many beautiful recipes. Happy Holidays to you and your family–have a wonderful 2010!

  39. shaz says:

    Merry (belated) Christmas and best wishes for a wondeful New Year Aran. Thanks for the sharing all your wonderful cooking and photos with us through the year.

  40. Happy holidays to you and your family,Aran!

  41. Junglefrog says:

    Gorgeous macarons Aran and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmastime!

  42. Your blog is so lovely. It inspires me, thank you. Happy Holidays! May your New Year be Delicious!!

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  44. suzie says:

    hey Aran,
    Hope you have had a great holiday.
    i have got a question to ask, most of your receipes state 2 sheets of gelatine. however, i wonder how many grams per sheet? as i found two sheet size from my local supermarkets, so just want to check before i use the wrong quantity. thanks

  45. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the Holidays! I wish you and your blog a prosperous new year!

  46. Aran says:

    Suzie- the gelatin leaves i use are 2 grams.

    thanks so much everyone. time is very limited and i wish i could visit every single blog. but i appreciate all your comments and wishes. happy 2010!

  47. Sasha Benington says:

    Merry xmas guys… I tried it yesterday and it was delicious…I spreaded some melted patan ghee on it and it was yummmmmmmmmmmmy…

  48. polarité says:

    we’re sooo hungry after these photos! :) Merry christmas

  49. Happy (belated) Christmas to you Aran, and your family. What a special holiday for you with your new addition to the family.

  50. Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours, Aran! ♥

  51. Chaokar says:


    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. :)

  52. Eva says:

    Is is always so good to come here.
    Happy New Year!

    Éva from Hungary

  53. Ksenia says:

    I tried macarons three years ago when I visited Paris, and I loved them :)

    I thought about trying to veganise them (I was not vegan then), and maybe now that I have some free thime is the perfect occasion!

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year! :)

  54. Your macaroons look absolutely stunning!

  55. Samira says:

    Tout est trés trés beau ici!! J’adore!!!

  56. B & D says:

    love ur blog!! :)
    wishing u a very happy new year !!!

  57. Heidi says:

    Looking at all your beautiful photos of macarons, I think I might have to get up the courage to finally make some – my life is obviously not complete without them! Hope your holidays were wonderful.

  58. Just hav eto say,your photos make me swoon-every time

  59. kellypea says:

    So beautiful…I love your photographs, and at this hour, would enjoy a few of these cookies as well.

  60. Macaron are so difficult to make. But you’re pictures make me drool so I will attempt them once again. Thank you!

  61. I would like to eat the first sweet it
    looks very yummy, can you please provide
    the recipe of this, i would like to try
    it today.
    Mio Navman Spirit V505

  62. What a gorgeous image of white macaroons. my stomach was so inspired by this gorgeous image that I included it in my blog post today. Thank you for posting images for your readers, I hope you enjoy my post today.


    xo Christina Leigh

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