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Cucumber Macarons

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Zi’da 54, Arc 721

On the 54th of Zi‘da, Devin Thorn, High Priest of Delroth, unexpected Baron (He’d just wanted Alyssia to have the job, but Saoire had given him one third of it!) and Scalvoris’ premier cosmetologist, was standing in the kitchen of Smooglenuff Manor again. He was standing in the kitchen a lot these trials, because the date for his party was drawing closer and closer and he wanted to prepare some of the food himself (with a bit of help). This time, he was standing there in a very fancy pure white suit. He also had a headband that was made of white fur on his head, because fur accessories were all the rage that season.

Over the suit was a scarlet apron with frills, because cooking in a pure white outfit was a bad idea due to the possibility of stains. Devin was pretty sure that he’d be able to pass food stains off as the newest fashion trend – he was that skilled a liar – but anyway, it was better that way!

In his hands was a big bowl that was filled to the brim with a mixture of ground almonds and icing sugar, and on the table in front of him was another bowl with a sieve on top. He poured the mixture into the sieve – and then he sifted it again, and again, because he wanted everything to be absolutely pure and perfect. He wanted to have the best party ever. He didn’t only want to feed his guests during the party, but also before it – and make them happy on top of it. For that reason, he had decided to put a small basket with sweet treats into every guest room, and the first treat he’d decided on making were …

… cucumber macarons!

Next to him Mrs. Adams, the head cook was beating a couple of egg whites into a frothy mixture – when she was doing it, it looked nearly effortless, he decided – while one of her helpers was preparing cookie dough. It was flavored with Night Scented Stock rather than vanilla because Devin had told his staff that he wanted to use a few local ingredients, too!

“Now it’s time to add the caster sugar”, Mrs. Adams, a red-haired woman in her forties remarked, and Devin automatically grabbed the bag that contained the sugar in question, measured it and carefully poured it into her bowl while she continued beating the egg mixture because she had spoken in such a friendly tone of voice. A moment later, when he realized what he’d done, he made a face. He was a Baron, and he didn’t obey anybody’s orders, thank you very much!

He was about to grumble slightly before he realized something, something that he had never thought about before, and he subsequently set the bag down again (Mrs. Adams had all the sugar that she needed now!) and turned to look at the head cook, a curious expression on his face.

“Why is it called caster sugar when it’s really just some sort of weirdly fine sugar?” he wanted to know. “Caster is a name for a person. Why does this sugar have such a name, if you don't mind me asking, Mrs. Adams?”


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Most of the time, Ada Analise Adams was quite impressed with the young Baron. Devin was a skilled cook – he could probably open his own restaurant if he wanted to – and an even more skilled doctor, and he know how to use a weapon as well. But at other times, she was not entirely sure how to react. Nobody had ever pointed out that “Caster” was a name for a person when handling caster sugar before – although, come to think of it, it was true.

There were people named “Caster” or “Castor”!

Having come to the decision that it was an unusual and unexpected question, but ultimately one that made sense, she smiled at the Mortalborn who was just a few arcs older than her own son and replied, “Caster sugar is, as you can see, granulated sugar that has been sifted to have a finer crystal size. It’s so fine that it can be shaken out of the holes of a caster. It's perfect for macarons, or meringue”, she added.

Devin furrowed his brow a bit as he considered that before his eyes lit up and he asked, “So it’s been named after something you use to put sugar on things, rather than after a person? That makes sense”, he remarked – before he came to the decision that he liked his explanation better, anyway. A type of sugar that had a person’s name was more fun than a type of sugar that had been named after the utensil you put it into!

“Thank you for helping me, by the way. I really like your idea with the ganache”, he added because it needed to be said in his opinion. Ada was a clever cook. When he had told her that he wanted cucumber macarons, she had quickly come up with a way to make them work. He had come up with the idea of using a special ingredient for every sweet treat though - and even decided which special ingredients they would be using!

“It’s my pleasure, sir”, Ada replied. She had never imagined working for a baron that wanted to work in the kitchen himself, alongside her – most barons probably preferred to have someone cook for them all the time – but she decided that she liked it. “Shall we continue though?” she asked before she added the rest of the ingredients they would need for the macaron shells, including Devin’s sugar mixture to her bowl and ultimately divided the mixture into two smaller bowls, because there would be a second twist!

Devin didn’t ask Ada what was next. He simply cast a quick glance at the cookbook that was lying on the table between them to make sure that he remembered the recipe correctly, grabbed one of the bowls and added a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric to it which was a natural food coloring and would give the mixture a nice yellow color. In the meantime, Ada added green food coloring to her bowl. Once they had blended everything well, she filled a piping bag with alternating layers of green and yellow mixture and handed it to Devin.

A moment later, the young man piped the macrons out on a baking tray that had been lined with a baking sheet, smiling all over his face as he did so because he was having so much fun.

His macarons would not be a single color; they would have a pretty marbling effect!

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While the macarons were baking in the oven, Ada walked over to the girl that had made the cookie dough and helped her so that there were two ovens full of stuff soon, and the kitchen started to be filled with a delicious and sweet smell that made everybody’s mouths water.

In the meantime, Devin peeled a cucumber, cut it into small pieces and stuck the pieces into a manual blender in order to blend them and get the juice that he then mixed with a little bit of lime juice. Following that, he heated the mixture. As soon as it started to boil slightly, he removed the pot from the stove again, added finely cut pieces of white chocolate and stirred until the chocolate melted completely.

And then he stopped dead in his tracks, furrowed his brow and furrowed it some more as he wasn’t sure quite how to proceed (the cookbook had only explained how to make macaron shells; Ada had just told him how to make the ganache, and he’d forgotten the last step).

Fortunately, it was just then that the head cook returned to their table, nodded approvingly and took the pot he’d been making the ganache in. “We’ll need to keep it in a cool place for approximately a break now before we can fill the macarons”, she told him. “We can work on the rest of the sweet treats in the meantime, provided that you aren’t tired of cooking and baking yet, my lord”, she remarked with a smile.

Devin immediately said yes of course because cooking was one of his favourite hobbies ever, and that wouldn’t change even though he was rich and famous and such now. So, they made zucchini chocolate muffins together next. Following that, Ada melted a few bars of chocolate, and Devin added pretty blue and pink fizzy candy to it before he poured the mixture into a number of heart-shaped molds. He had decided that his fourth and last sweet treat would be fizzy candy chocolate. He loved both fizzy candy and chocolate, and a mixture thereof would probably be even better. He was sure his guests would like it, too!

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Once all the sweet treats were finally ready, another one of Ada’s helpers, a young man with ruddy cheeks and red hair, brought a couple of small wicker baskets with handles. Devin lined the wicker baskets with silk paper and added the sweet treats before he asked a servant to help him carry them into his room – because he had decided to do one more thing.

So, before long, he was sitting at his desk and writing little personal notes on square pieces of paper with shiny golden ink (Because black or blue ink just wouldn’t do!). Each notes said the following: “Thank you for coming to my party. I hope you’ll have a great time!” Each note also contained his signature, because he loved putting his signature on stuff.

It made him feel special!

Once he had added a note to each basket, the baskets for the guests that would arrive early were taken to the rooms that the maids had prepared in the meantime. (The baskets for the other guests would be stored in a cold place for the time being so that their contents would stay fresh.)

Devin had decided that there would be no half measures.

The theme for his party, the first real party ever at Smooglenuff Manor, was “Winter Wonderland”, so when he’d started to plan the guest rooms, he’d decided to just buy new blankets and pillows that matched the theme, all in white and gold. Fake snow made of cotton decorated the shelves in the guest rooms now, and the windowsills, and a couple of other places, and fake snow crystals in various shapes and sizes hung from the ceiling, and the fireplaces had been decorated, too.

He couldn’t wait for his guests to see that – and be amazed, of course!
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  • Due to an encounter with a magical tree Devin has bright violet eyes.
  • Devin has fancy black claw-like nails. The Grafter Rakvald made them from the spines that grow on the dubaebo's back and attached them to Devin's hands.

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Devin owns a Ring of Reversal. He's always wearing it, unless stated otherwise.

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Experience: +10 xp

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Collaboration: No.
Renown: None
Injuries/Overstepping: None.
Loot: No.

Skillplay: Appropriate to level.

Knowledge:

Cooking: Making macaron shells
Cooking: A ganache with cucumber and white chocolate
Cooking: Caster sugar is perfect for macarons or meringue
Cooking: Fizzy candy chocolate
Cooking: Flavoring cookies with Night Scented Stock instead of vanilla
Writing: Writing little notes for your guests

Comments
But what if a caster is named after the guy who invented it?

These threads are ruining my diet! And I love them for it! Cucumber macaroons is not something I had heard of before. Now I’m curious.

Devin’s love for cooking shines through in this thread. Is it unusual for a Baron to want to do his own cooking? Probably. Hopefully Ada will learn to appreciate what she has here!

Speaking of appreciation, I liked the touch of Devin writing thank you notes to give to the party’s attendees!

I didn’t award any renown this time around, but if this party goes off anything like Devin envisions, he’ll be in for plenty!

Enjoy your rewards!
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