Sometimes you just gotta amuse all of your loves at once and go eclectic. If you took a look at my closet, decor, and even props it would be pretty hard for anyone to pinpoint my style or era in which I live (or wish to live) in. With fashion, I love to indulge my feminine side with pearls, funky inherited jewels, and ruffle details while mixing in tailored jackets, dark denim, and military-style pieces. As you can see from a lot of my photos, my sweets and savories can be found on a mix of vintage silver and Crate and Barrel dishes from our wedding registry. In fact, I just spent the afternoon walking up and down Main Street (yes, literally Main Street) going in and out of antique and local boutique stores trying to find accessories to compliment my West Elm and Ikea-esque apartment.
When it comes to the kitchen, my cooking and baking style is typically defined by giving classics a new twist. I enjoy infusing unexpected flavors together and using local ingredients to update old favorites. For this latest creation, I decided to mix comfort food flavors with classic pastry. When I think of Parisian desserts, flavors like pistachio, raspberry, and rose come to mind. Even almond and apricot- but hardly peanut butter or banana. Not today though.
I found an amazing new product in the local section of my grocery store: Dark Chocolate and Banana flavored Peanut Butter. Whoa. Definitely going in the cart. If anything, I could totally eat right out of the jar. Of course a million ideas popped into my head on how I could use these flavors in new recipes. For daily purposes, I use this peanut butter on toast and in smoothies. But for more fanciful fare, the filing for French macarons. Dark chocolate and peanut butter banana macarons are the perfect blend of nostalgic, whimsical flavors and French pastry.