Oui, oui, oui.
Les macarons, ici a Ottawa!
(Yes, yes, yes… macarons… in Ottawa). Said with much, much glee.
I can’t even remember how I stumbled across the Urban Baking Co. but I’m ever so glad I did. I’ve admired macarons for ages, especially the glass cased display of them at the Sunday Lansdowne farmer’s market in Ottawa.
But the artifical food coloring always (almost always) held me back. Wendy, the baking force behind the Urban Baking Co., is starting to use vegetable-based coloring this week and will be using that much eco and health friendlier colouring in her bake shoppe. You can check out her selection online (she also has a Facebook page here) and pick them up from her in Kanata.
Wendy started the company in the fall of 2009, after making a career change from the high tech sector when she became a mom.
In her own words: “I aspire to bring awareness to the need for more eco-friendly products in the baking industry. Where possible, I use local products (e.g., fruit, honey, maple syrup) and unrefined and/or organic ingredients… this is evolving as I am continuously seeking out new local/organic suppliers.”
She supplemented the baking instruction from her mom and grandmother with courses from Le Cordon Bleu (Ottawa) in Chocolate and Pastry.
Now if I could get married all over again (to the same Mister Mister of course) I might well be tempted by her Macarons towers. Wow.
Using these macarons as props for pieces in our shop was really the excuse, but we thoroughly enjoyed the salted caramel macaroons she’s just introducing. I’d say they were our favorites.
And the idea of macarons inspired these organic cotton + vintage French lace napkins (now for sale in our shop)… and made me really, really want to spend a weekend, or 2 or 3, in Paris.