Being one of three sisters is not always easy. I am sure these struggles are familiar to many sisters: clothing that has mysteriously gone missing; the moody days and the dark teenage years; hair everywhere; screams, eye rolls, slamming doors, and stomping feet; and one of you being the target of the two’s jokes on any given day.
There are also huge benefits to having sisters, like having automatic best friends that may judge you but in a really, really loving way, an extended wardrobe (recall all of those “missing” clothes?), and a ton of shared laughter over embarrassing moments only you three will know.
I have to say, my parents had it pretty easy with us. We were really good kids. I would call my mom while she was at work to ask her permission to have a cookie. I asked permission for A COOKIE! She may have said I could have one and I would eat six, but I did ask first. How many kids would do that when left under a sister’s supervision?
Another thing we used to call her to ask her permission for was Pepsi. Believing Mom would be more likely to say “yes” if we asked to split a can of the liquid gold treat, we approached the ask with caution, sending Tara to the receiver (landlines back then) to do our bidding. If Mom did say yes, we would try our luck and ask to split TWO cans between the three of us. It’s really no surprise Tara would go on to become a lawyer operating with these mature negotiating skills at a very young age.
Mom would give us her blessing and, after a few yes fist pumps, we would hastily set about to gathering our supplies:
- 3 identical cups/glasses (must be translucent… to ensure equality)
- 2 cans of Pepsi, room temp (because it was kept tucked away in the garage)
- 1 steady pouring hand
- 6 very discerning eyes
As the pourer you felt a lot of pressure to perform to your highest ability. Unquestionably, you would be yelled at or, at the very least, glared at should you try to sneak an extra drop into your cup. Somehow we always managed to make it through this trying time with nary a scratch. We had more faith in each other to “do the right thing” than I think we realized. All you parents out there, trying to teach your kids to trust one another? Just ask them to split a delicious treat equally with their siblings and watch what unfolds! They may just surprise you.
Even though Mom probably just thought it was funny to force us to split the Pepsi, she ended up teaching me a valuable lesson: sharing is caring. I have more fond and funny memories from those moments than if I had just sneaked that Pepsi for myself.
So be sure to make enough of these Black Forest Macarons... Happy Eating!
Recipe: Black Forest Macarons
The Bits and Bobs:
1/2 cup almond meal, finely ground
1 cup powder sugar
3 tbs dutch processed, unsweetened cocoa
2 egg whites, room temp
5 tbs sugar
For the filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp light corn syrup
4 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate
1 tbs butter
Preheat oven to 325°F, and line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.
Sift together the cocoa powder, powder sugar, and almond meal. Set aside. Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment and begin to beat the egg whites. Once they start to become frothy, start to add the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whip until just at stiff peaks. In three parts, fold the dry ingredients into the whites until just barely combined. Do not over mix, should only take 30-40 strokes.
Scoop the batter the batter into a piping bag. You can fit the piping bag with a large round tip, or if you are lazy like me, just cut the tip off the bag. Pipe rounds onto the prepared baking sheets about an inch apart. I got about 24 rounds out of the batter (= 12 cookies).
Bake for 14-16 minutes. The tops should be smooth and the edges a nice crispy texture. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing.
For the filling:
Heat the cream and corn syrup in a pot over medium heat. Turn off and remove from the heat just as the edges start to boil. Pour in the chocolate pieces allow to sit for just a minute, then add the butter pieces and stir until smooth. Allow to cool completely before assembling the cookies.
Spread a thin layer of chocolate on two cookies. On one half, spread a scoop of the cherry preserves, leaving a little room on the edge. Push to the two cookies together gently until the filling just reaches the edges and peeks out of the cookies. I like to put the assembled cookies in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set up before serving.