Monday, January 24, 2011


I made meringues for the first time over the weekend. It was much easier than i thought it would be - much easier than pavlova! I used the old Edmond's cookbook recipe which had baking powder in it. Plus it only used two egg whites, which is much less than a lot of recipes, so it didn't leave me with heaps of wasted egg yolks.They were definitely a success, if I do say so myself!

Here's my version of the the recipe I used:

2 egg whites
 6 tablespoons sugar (caster sugar is best)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 drops food colouring (optional)

Preheat oven to 140 degrees Celcius (275 F). Beat egg whites until quite stiff, then add half of the sugar and beat again. Add the remainder of the sugar and beat in. Add baking powder, beat, and then add food colouring. Add more food colouring than the colour you want because the colour fades in baking.
Cover a large tray in baking paper.
I then cut the corner off a plastic sandwich bag and attached my largest icing tip to it, securing with a rubber band. Fold over the top of the bag and spoon in the meringue mixture. Firmly squeeze the mixture out in one spot, gently lifting and tapering the end to create a 'gem'. Make them small and spaced out as they expand when baking. Bake in oven for about 45 mins or until swelled and hardened.

Voila! Easy, no?
Serve with whipped cream and raspberries. Yum!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome to 2011

I just can't believe it's a week into 2011! Time goes fast when you're busy I guess...
One thing that has been keeping me busy is my new years resolution: I have tentatively committed myself to take part in a 365 photo challenge - basically, taking a photo a day for a year. I am hoping that Project 365 will help me to become a better and more creative photographer, and help me get used to my latest purchase - a Nikon D5000! It is my first dSLR camera, and as such is taking some getting used to - the possibilities seem endless and I am still tentative even taking it off auto mode.

Anyway, I have been semi-diligently taking pictures every day this year - although it is harder than i expected just to remember to take a shot some days. My pictures are uploaded to my flickr stream here, so take a look! Here is a sampling of the first few days:


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