As far as the madeleine is concerned, I will be trying, trying and trying somemore until I find a perfect recipe. Questions arise whenever I bake a new batch: Will these be crispy? Will it taste of lemon? Will I succeed in creating a madeleine with a little, round yellow ball of whatever on top? Although the first time I tasted madeleines was in Germany, it wasn't before I traveled to Verdun, France last February that my infatuation began in earnest. I bought a big package to bring home to Norway, and once they were consumed, I began having thoughts of baking them myself one day.
Trouble was, I didn't have a madeleine mold. I mean, I'm sure you could try with some kind of muffin mold if you wanted to, but I don't think that'd be very successful. Therefore, I very kindly let Mr.Grenouille know that what I really wanted from France was a madeleine mold. I didn't nag him. I just occasionally encouraged and reminded him of my wish. This wish was granted two months later.