Hello and welcome to a new week, one that has suddenly become very busy here at The Prepatorium, so we are brief with our post.
Today we are
hopelessly disorganized featuring a variety of different topics, beginning with simply wonderful news for those fond of the delicious confections found at Ladurée: the famous Parisian sweet shop is opening a New York store.
The company is best known for its macarons/macaroons.
“These small, round cakes, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, are made every morning in Ladurée’s “laboratory”. The pastry chefs measure out very precisely the required amounts of almonds, eggs and sugar, before adding one final ingredient, a pinch of unique “know-how”, essential to the making of such a delicacy. Once cooked and filled, the macaroons are put to one side for 2 days before going on sale, the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavour.”
The company is also opening a Covent Garden shop, here is a look at that establishment.
The store in the city will be at 864 Madison Avenue, it is expected to open in July. As for how one should properly refer to the tiny treats, we have always been taught that (despite what Ladurée writes) a macaron is made of two crushed almond, meringue-based cookies with a creamy or fruit-based mixture, and that macaroons are those cookies made of a crushed coconut mixture, generally heavier and sweeter in flavor. If anyone can offer additional insight, *please* leave a comment, we are surprised to see how Ladurée describes their most famous creation.
Next, today was Media and VIP day at the Chelsea Flower Show,
The Queen was in attendance, she has only missed the show once in sixty years.
Also seen at the show today, Gwyneth Paltrow.
The actress has been busy marketing her new book, “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness.” She appears on the cover of June’s Bon Appétit, the first time the publication has featured a celebrity on its cover. The cookbook is selling well, but don’t look for Ms. Paltrow to launch her own food magazine, as has been rumored. From this story in the Post:
‘Don’t know how that rumor got into the papers. It could not be further from the truth. I literally do not have time to bathe, let alone start a magazine.”
The Flower Show is considered the premier venue to unveil new flower breeds, below we see the William and Catherine rose, making its public debut today.
Another new rose will be launched by Vanessa Redgrave, created in honor of her daughter, actress Natasha Richardson, who died after a skiing accident.
Prince Albert was on hand to show off the Monaco Garden exhibit.
Dame Helen Mirren has the right idea:
The actress was actually at the Borneo Exotics exhibit, showing a new plant named ‘Helen’. Other celebrities attending included Barbara Bach and husband Ringo Starr.
The event also signals the start of the summer social season in London. The Queen is expected back at the show tonight along with Prince Philip, Camilla, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, and other members of the Royal Family.
But the real stars of the show continue to be the exhibits and those beautiful flowers.
On these bright and sunny images we say goodbye until next time!
We hope the flowers are blooming wherever you may be.