Macaroon Stocking-fillers from Le Petit d'Lor! / by Gavin Higgins

My friend Caetlin cooks....is probably the understatement of the year. She has traveled the world working in kitchens from Pubs in Leamington Spa to Luxury Yachts cruising the trendiest ports this planet has to offer. Needless to say, when Caetlin invites you for a meal you say yes and cancel whatever plans you had. Having returned to South Africa she is putting down her roots and has founded Le Petit d'Lor, a luxury Patisserie specializing in pastries, sweets, gateaux and macaroons (Her recipe is a variation of that of one of the best patisseries in Paris).

So recently, when I saw her advertising her delicious Macaroon packages as Christmas stocking fillers, I jumped at the chance to place an order with her. I must be the world's most difficult customer sometimes, when she asked what flavors I would like, I responded with "something Chritmassy"!

Such is the joy of dealing with someone who is a true professional in their trade, she immediately offered a mixture of colors and flavors including Mint, Salted Caramel, Raspberry, Red Velvet, Pistachio and Vanilla.

I knew they would taste amazing, but when they were delivered I was truly surprised by just how amazing the packaging was. Each pair individually boxed with a little ribbon and decorated with some mistletoe icing, they look fantastic!

Now I need to take a good hard look at my friends list and decide who has been naughty or nice this year so I know who gets them!

It's not too late to get your Christmas orders in, you can contact her on 071 271 2002 or E-mail her caetlin_garland@yahoo.com . She can create tailor-made menus and items for any occasion so definitely run your next event past her and see what ideas she has!