Willy Wonka Wonderland.

Macarons at Patisse

Hello, hello! I’m back!

Made it home to Vancouver after a wonderful, dizzying, couple of weeks travelling. Jetlag has been kicking my you-know-what the last couple of days so no blogging for moi. Only now am I starting to feel human again. The leaden, groggy feeling has been worryingly familiar…a reminder of newborn sleep deprivation days! Um, how did we cope on a few hours of broken sleep for months on end?? I can’t remember (which I think might be part of the general plan / conspiracy….). But now that my brain is back I can indulge in memories of the trip…

I have to start by telling you about my evening with Books & Nooks at Patisse in Sydney. It was sensational. Books & Nooks is the brainchild of the young, pretty, enthusiastic (read as: utterly likeable) Angela Purnell, a book club bringing food and books and lovers of both together. Angela organized the evening at Patisse (Waterloo, Sydney) to celebrate The Colour of Tea, complete with author interview and macaron cooking lesson. The interview had my heart in my throat and my mouth transformed into a desert, but after eventually relaxing (mantra – breathe, Hannah, breathe) it all seemed to end too soon. What an opportunity to discuss my friends – Grace, Pete, Marjory, Rilla, Faith – and their quirks and evolutions. Any disappointment about wrapping up the conversation was short-lived upon meeting Vincent. Ah, Vincent…

Chef Vincent

Vincent Gadan is better than I could write him. French, charming, talented. Even Leon would be envious. The guy has a unequalled passion for sweets and the skill to match. He is a wizard in the kitchen. He is Willy Wonka if Willy Wonka was French and good looking and not so creepy. Best of all, Chef Vincent recreated macarons from the chapters of The Colour of Tea for our lesson! The results were mind blowing and delicious. Sweet, Salty, Smoky Caramel was made by blending a salty toffee caramel and a specialized imported smoke flavour that tasted and smelt like burnt wood chips and just-extinguished campfire. Gunpowder Green Tea and Mandarin combined two made-from-scratch flavour pastes (tart and sweet and complex) and Fig and Provence Lavender utilized rehydrated dried figs and lavender sugar. Mouth watering yet? The Tart Mango receipe used fresh mangoes (of course) while White Chocolate with hints of Cinnamon and Lemon zest was sandwiched together with a ganache that had bubbled with a cinnamon stick bobbing in the boiling cream.

To see and smell and taste my fantasies, my macaron musings, kept a smile on my dial for days! I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. A heartfelt Merci Beaucoup to Vincent, Books & Nooks and the team at Patisse for making a girl’s dream come true.

Author interview with Jenny

Louise, Wendy and I 

Hooray for Books & Nooks!

2 Comments on Willy Wonka Wonderland.

  1. Ria
    June 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh, now I wish I had been there even more! What a fantastic way to celebrate your book. I must write a novel about cake…

    • Hannah
      July 3, 2011 at 6:22 am (6 years ago)

      Yes you must! I dibs an invite to that launch! x


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