I must admit, I was a little nervous about the whole process (my piping bags tend to be reserved for decorating) however, they turned out quite nicely for my first attempt even if I do say so myself. I made two different flavours - raspberry and lemon - and both mixtures were just ever so slightly off the mark. The lemon mix was a little too thick and didn't produce that polished coat that one associates with a well made macaroon, where as the raspberry mixture went the other way and was a tad too runny; it did have the smooth shiny surface, but they expanded quite a lot on the baking tray.
I followed the recipe from The Great British Book of Baking but used food colouring instead of colouring paste.
Strawberry macaroons (makes 6 pairs)