Name: Rachelle Beauchesne

Blog name: Adventures In French Macaron Land

Where were you born? I was born and lived most of my life in urban Saskatchewan.

Where are you living now? I have resided the last 6 years in rural Saskatchewan.

Why did you start your blog?  I fell in love with French macarons and decided I was going to master them and become known for my mad macaron skills. I researched how to make them and everything I read went on about how difficult they are to make. Being that I’ve baked since I was a child and I’m now in my late 20’s, I thought to myself “ah I can do this. No biggie”. After my first attempt was a huge flop, I decided to journal my misadventures realizing that maybe they are that hard to make. I picked up a notebook and as I was about to start writing, it hit me to start a blog. I figured the only people to read it would be my family and close friends.

How did you decide on your blog name? I thought it sounded cute and kind of whimsical which suits French macarons very well since they too are cute and whimsical.

What do you blog about? I blog about my attempts (failures and occasional successes) at making the finicky almond flour meringue shells, about the fillings I make as well as tips and tricks on baking and troubleshooting and the journey to making the perfect French macaron. I also include my entries on when I come across the little pastries when I’m travelling and how they compare to my own attempts, flavour wise and also technically. My blog is very light-hearted and silly and hopefully fun to read.

"Can you spell 'bicycle'?"

What post are you most proud of and why? I think my favourite post has been the one entitled Rotten Eggs and Lessons Learned because I think (or hope!) that readers are amused by my misfortune in it but I also like this post because I get the chance to talk light-heartedly about my Baba (Ukrainian grandmother) and she taught me a great deal about baking and I think she’d get a kick out this.  I also really like the post called PG-13 Buttercream Prep because it’s short and sweet and I feel it’s a fun one.

Which post do you wish received more love and why? It sounds kind of silly, but I would really like to see the whole blog get even more love because I am really proud of it. This project is kind of like my little baby!

"Dr French Rachelle"

Which post’s success surprised you and why? My bit of success with the whole blog has surprised me! I really thought that the only people who would bother reading it would be a few close friends and family but people are actually following my blog and reading it! I can’t believe it!

What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without? I’m going to have to be uninteresting and cliché on this one but I love love my iPhone. Music is really a big part of my everyday life and I love taking photos too so with my iPhone, those two things plus the convenience of a phone are all wrapped in one cute little package.

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What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without? A candy thermometer. I love making buttercream fillings and without one, it wouldn’t really be possible. I don’t yet own a stand mixer (something I make numerous references in the blog to wanting), which makes the whole operation kind of labour-intensive so I feel that if I had one, that would be my favo! Ooo and I also really love my citrus squeezer. I’m not sure what its called but squeezes lemons and flips them right inside out so you get all the juice but none of the seeds! Its just so slick!

Favourite food, care to share a recipe? I love corn of any variety! On the cob, popped, baby corns (my lunch is usually a can of baby corns) creamed, corn meal, corn chips. I love it all. I’m also a peanut butter fanatic so here’s a quick and easy sauce that’s great in stir fry or even cold as a raw veggie dip: In a pot melt regular peanut butter then stir in sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and toasted sesame seeds. The proportions of each I’m not sure one but I just tell people to throw the stuff together and when it tastes incredible, you’ve got it right!

What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page? Well I love baking but I’m also big on cooking. I’ve been a vegetarian for about ten years. Not vegan though, just vegetarian so that has really influenced my cooking style in terms of ingredients and also how adventurous and creative I’ve become with cooking. Cooking is defiantly where things started for me. I came from a both Ukrainian background and French backgrounds with grandmothers who taught me a lot about cooking and baking from an early age and defiantly had a big part in shaping my love of it. My day job is actually as a hairstylist. I own my own salon and I also work as a national educator for a very large professional hair company so I get to travel Canada for that as well as get to do creative work on the daily in my salon. I actually compare mixing and measuring hair color to baking. So I suppose they’re not as different as people might think.

What makes your blog unique? Well I suppose everyone is a unique person and I feel like my blog is kind of an extension of myself because it’s really just me rambling and having fun so I guess that makes it unique. I also think it’s a nice mix of non-baking silliness and my actual baking attempts so it can appeal to people who like to bake but also to readers who don’t particularly care about the baking itself.

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