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First TV Macaron Demonstration

As you can imagine, this past week has been filled with love heart macarons.  They are so easy to do; except, perhaps, when nerves take over and a sudden uncontrollable wobbly hand pipes out a mess on live television: this was my very first TV Macaron Demonstration!

macaron hearts pot

I was so excited to be given the opportunity to share my macaron world with Presenters, Michelle McManus and Steven Jardine on STV’s “The Hour” on Valentine’s Day.  They are such wonderful, down-to-earth and chatty hosts that they instantly made me feel at home back in Scotland. Michelle jumped in with a spontanious, encouraging you-can-do-it hug before countdown.  En plus Steven had lived in Paris for a couple of years and so it was fun to blether about macarons and Patisserie shops.

rose macarons on STV The Hour

With Michelle McManus & Steven Jardine on STV’s The Hour

Live TV is not as easy as the pros make it look.  For a start, you need to have confidence and above all, be re-laaa-xed
They could tell I was nervous.  Perhaps it started when one of the members of the production team came to meet my Dad and I before even going into the studio.  (I was so glad Dad drove me since I had 3 large bags including everything but the kitchen sink.)  But without batting an eyelid, Dad stepped in and introduced himself with a confident, “Hello. Nice to meet you. I’m Jill’s Mum….‘ Hm.  After that remark I started worrying about my mascara running after the incontrollable giggles.

Jill Colonna on TV macaron demonstration live

Yes.  They knew I was nervous. Perhaps it was after our quick run-through in front of the cameras and realising that we ran at least 3 minutes over time since I blethered too much.  I said everything I wanted to in the rehearsal:  aged egg whites, they’re gluten free, not many calories etc.  When it came to the real thing in my mind I had already said it!

Talking had to be constant and there was no time to just stand and chat.  I quickly discovered that a live TV macaron demonstration and answering questions at the same time is a real challenge in around 6 minutes.  Luckily I had prepared a few macarons in advance, including some shells – especially macaron hearts.

lemon ginger macaron hearts

Speaking of hearts, just check out the video clip.  You will see just how Michelle tackled the most amazingly confident giant heart macaron.  Silly Jilly stepped in to show the 2-stroke heart with the piping bag:  See?  Easy: bit more at the top going down one side, then same again on the other.   I invite you to do far better, my friends! Meeting pods are essentially a little room within a room. They are primarily used for meetings, hence the name, but can be used for all kinds of purposes. These meeting pods come in all shapes and sizes to meet different needs. Pods can be open like the office itself or closed off for privacy and confidentiality. Closed pods are more beneficial because of their natural soundproofing. Open pods still have some basic level of soundproofing, so people can still hold private conversations. portable soundproof booth

TV Macaron Demonstration – How to make Rose Macarons on The Hour, STV, Video Clip

One thing is for sure:  I had so much fun doing the show and was thrilled to meet such a dynamic and friendly team.  I can’t believe I missed James Blunt, though.  He’s on the show later this week.  To think he could have tried a macaron…

Valentine’s Day may be over but it doesn’t stop us from having macarons and dates with the ones we love.  Bonne semaine!

Parisian macarons on a date

A couple of Parisian Macarons on a Date

From the kitchen

36 responses to “First TV Macaron Demonstration”

  1. As a TV professional and a macaron addict, I thought you did great for your first time out. Love your site and your recipes. Now I will definitely get my hands on your book!

  2. Coucou !
    Je viens de découvrir ton blog,incroyable si rapidement et quel succés…je suis très heureuse pour toi, mais quel travail sans doute ! , mon blog est au ralenti le soleil et les belles journées du printemps devrait me redonner l’énergie pour repartir… mais je travaille à la maison sur quelques petits projets.
    j’èspère que la petite famille se porte bien.
    Je t’embrasse très fort
    Valérie CORTADE

    • Valérie! Quelle surprise! Merci pour ton message et courage pour les projets de maison. Nous sommes bien, malgré beaucoup de travail d’école…. quoi de neuf? 😉
      J’espère qu’on peut se voir bientôt dans le sud avec le soleil, les bons amis, les accents, le vin…. ooooh! Bisous de nous 4, Jill x

  3. I finally watched it! You are extremely telegenic- a natural in front of the camera, a true pâtissier and, having had the honour of tasting your macarons,(big boast), I can honestly say they better those served at a delicious Michelin Star restaurant in Avignon (which goes by the initials c-e, just in case I’m not allowed to mention names 🙂 , where I enjoyed a lovely lunch on Valentine’s day. To our delight, coffee was accompanied by a sweet little macaron. We each took an elegant bite, looked at each other and shook our heads and grinned – nope, not as good as Jill’s…..

  4. Congratulations, just wonderful and you did not seem a bit nervous to me . You were just lovely

  5. LOVE the heart macarons, absolutely adorable and perfectly executed of course! 🙂

  6. I would have probably fainted from nerves at the invitation, which would have made them rethink the entire idea of having me around. You did a fantastic job. The love and passion you have for your gift of baking shone through, and that’s what matters. Bravo, Jill!

  7. Hi Jill, congrats on your TV appearance! You heart shaped macaroons look lovely! I do enjoy macaroons but have not found the courage to try making them.

    Love your space here 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will visit again soon.

  8. Oh, Jill!!! You looked wonderful! I watched the entire video and I wish I could watch that show everyday. The co-hosts have quite a chemistry, and I can only imagine how fun they were.
    Ok… I think I’m inspired. I have never tried the Macaroon, but after watching you it doesn’t look impossible. I usually am not one to really make things pretty, so I’ve stayed away from them. But, now I think I can justify one more cookbook (my husband calls the cookbooks my addiction, but if I say I “know you”, well, that would be different, right??). Off to shop I go!
    Love the comment from you Dad, he did get you off to a good start, didn’t he? Well done!!

  9. Wow that is so cool, congrats on your TV time. I did a recorded spot, can’t imagine live. ANd adorable heart macarons

  10. Jill- Job well done! Congratulations! I thought you did a wonderful job on STV. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the piece and learned so much!

  11. Oh Jill – you were wonderful! STV -that brings back some memories!! Congrats. And your Dad’s comment – oh that was hilarious!

  12. blether, blether, haha. loved reading your post. wish you the best in going a long way with your macarons and more…

  13. Congratulations on your TV appearance, Jill – well done. Love the look of these heart macarons – too cute.
    Sue 🙂

  14. In a previous job, I had to do some live television spots; I was always soo nervous. You did great. Congratulations!

  15. Do you know, I’ve never had a macaron. I’ve seen them everywhere and always been tempted but still I haven’t tried one. They always look tasty to me and these heart shaped ones are especially cute!

  16. hi Jill

    what an outstanding job you did with the video!! You are a natural on camera! We need to get you on the cooking channel in the states with your incredible macaroons

    Cheers
    Dennis

    • Gosh, Dennis. You know I would love to do something like that now that I’ve had a go 😉 !

  17. Phew, reading that I was nervous for you but it sounds like you conquered your nerves and were a hit! And the macarons are just gorgeous.

  18. Congrats, Jill! Youre an inspiration. Cant wait to try out some of your macaron recipes!!

  19. You are a natural! I enjoyed watching every minute of this piece. Thank you for sharing your macarons with us! Have a great weekend, my dear friend.

  20. Jill – Awesome! You are insipring me to try my hand at macaroons! 🙂

  21. What a fun, sweet posting for the “Day.” I cannot imagine piping on live TV – I shake at home! You did so well – color me impressed.

  22. Wow!!! Congrats Jill!!! So happy for you! I can imagine how you would be a little nervous… I would have panicked!!! hehehe Great site, I really love it! 🙂

  23. Wow…those heart shaped macarons are really beautiful! I tried 6 times last week to make the rounds and still not 100% there yet. I really hope to get it right one of these days. Would love to try the heart shape. I salute you for the courage to stand in front of the TV crew. I would have fainted…haha.

  24. Your heart macarons look lovely Jill. Although I’m in Scotland, I’m not in the STV area so didn’t see you, just as well you added the video!

  25. Wow, you’re a natural!! You did a fantastic job. I can’t wait to try out your recipe. Congrats on being such a pro! : )

  26. Wow – how fun to see you ‘almost’ live! You did such a great job – well done! The remark about the DIY scraper was pretty funny – have you tried it yet? 😉

    • Thanks, Ruby. Yes, that one was funny and no I haven’t tried it. Sounds like another experiment!

      • Oh and btw – how the heck do you manage to stay so slim on a macaron diet??? I feel like Horrid Henry shouting ‘It’s NOT FAIR!!!”

        • Haha! That’s all I eat 😉 No seriously, they are not fattening at about 70 calories each and I normally only eat 2 or 3 with a cuppa or glass… Much healthier than a cupcake!

  27. You never disappoint, Jill! I’m so glad there was a video link to your spot on the show, it was so much fun! My copy of your book should be here soon, then it will be macaron heaven chez moi!

  28. Hai Jill… Love your story above and that macaroons are so adorable.. ^_^

  29. I’ve just been reading through a bunch of your posts and have pretty much convinced myself that I’ve got to get myself into this decade and learn to make macarons. I tried once and it was a dismal failure.

    Well done on the tv show – I can imagine it must have been a bit nerve wracking. The heart ones really do look fantastic.

  30. You’re a star! And an inspiration in more ways than just macarons! Well done!