I have always thought of macaroons (macarons) as a particularly French delicacy, a delightfully diminutive round cake, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. Endless varieties of flavouring and delicate pastel colours can be found in tempting tower displays in the finest French patisseries. It would seem, however that they were originally invented in Italy and may date back as far as the middle ages, certainly to Renaissance Venice, the name deriving from the Italian macherone meaning fine paste. The little subjects in todays’ photos were purchased from the local supermarket and although not the finest of their kind, are certainly pretty enough to photograph. One day I dream of purchasing a very large box of macarons from that iconic French establishment Ladurée in Paris, the stunning packaging alone would be worth the investment from a photographer’s point of view – I just need to find someone to fund the mortgage………….