This afternoon, after I had finished doing my tracking (PPA time this afternoon), I made the macaroons I had planned. I used this recipe.
My egg white and sugar mixture was beautiful-glossy and white as described.
The pistachio ones have crushed pistachios in the mixture and in the buttercream. Pistachios remind me of mussels-the shellfish of the nut world.
They don't quite look like the ones in the picture! They taste good though!
I did actually pipe the pistachio ones-not my thing really, piping! What a mess I made. Then the rapsberry ones had to wait as I only had one baking sheet, so the meringue that I had already mixed with the raspberries went flat. I shall try again, and maybe one day will be able to make the beautiful creations I see on the internet! They taste better than cat treats anyway.
Here is a whole load of beautiful macaroon pictures on flickr!