These were far from perfect. They had a crisp shell but they were too fragile and crumbled at the edges. They had wonderful little 'feet' but they weren't particularly uniform, and the base was a bit gnarled. The buttercream had an amazing texture but was too sweet.
For a first attempt I was VERY happy. More than happy. Very very happy. Ecstatic.
I was terrified but they were delicious. You should totally try making them. Ignore the fear. Do it anyway. I followed this recipe to the letter (with the exception of using Darjeeling rather than Earl Grey) and watched this how-to video and this how-to video, which were SO helpful. Check them out for step by step instructions on macaron technique, which is a complicated affair.
Thankyou Yoo-Eatz, for this great recipe!