To encourage ourselves to make some new food items this year, my mum and I have made a pact to both make something new each month - a cook-off challenge of sorts. This month: meringues.
I was a bit slow off the starting blocks but managed to get my act together on Friday evening and make some of these mini candy-striped meringues following the recipe from this book (a kind birthday gift from Derek).
I wasn't quite prepared for how long it would take me to whisk up the egg-whites - my hand blender kept overheating so I had to alternate between electric and muscle power - but the results were favourable, if not entirely uniform. Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Derek even gave them a 10 out of 10. (He likes to eat everything though so may not be the best food critic.)
My mum sent me some pictures of her attempts at the meringue. Slightly less successful than mine I'm afraid, and I'm not sure she would appreciate me sharing the results with the public. Maybe just a small picture though, because it made me chuckle: