All posts tagged: meringue

Amaretto & Meringue Eggnog with Waitrose Cellar

Have you ever tried eggnog? The thought of drinking raw egg might seem a bit hideous to some of you, but after being challenged to try out an eggnog recipe by Waitrose Cellar, I can confirm, it’s pretty amazing! As a teenager in Cyprus, my friends and I used to drink Snowball cocktails over Christmas (advocaat and lemonade), but I’d never tried eggnog on it’s own. Here are some things you might not know about this unusual drink… · Eggnog is made from a mix of cream, sugar, eggs, an alcoholic spirit and spice (the alcohol and spice you add is up to you) · It originated in East Anglia, UK and not the USA which is a common misconception as it only travelled there in the 18th Century · Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day · The ‘nog’ bit of Eggnog is taken from the middle English word ‘noggin’ – a small carved wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink · People all around the world create their own versions of this pudding …

Masha Meringue Challenge – Fig & Honey Pavlova

As I’ve mentioned on here before, I love making meringue! Meringue Girls is one of my favourite cookery books (baking books?) and I’ll find any excuse to try out a new recipe. I started out doing them completely by hand (with a hand whisk) as I found it easier to control, but after one episode of trying to whisk 8 egg whites and my arm nearly falling off, I had to upgrade to electric! I was recently invited to try out a ‘Masha’ from the a range – a kitchen device with a two different aerator blades, making it the perfect tool for things like meringues and mashed potatoes. My Mum recently came to stay and after a busy day in London together, I didn’t have a huge amount of time to prepare a dessert for dinner, so I thought a pavlova would be quick and easy to do. I decided to make it with figs and honey, here’s how I did it: Ingredients 6 large free-range egg whites 300g caster sugar 5 tablespoons of …

Cookie Dough Meringue Slices for ‘World Baking Day’

Here’s something you might not know – I only got into baking about a year or so ago. My grandma was an avid baker and she lived with us when I was a young child. I vividly remember the days I would head up to her ‘granny flat’ and we would bake together for hours. One of the things I’ll always remember is a ‘neapolitan’ style cupcake that she used to make – she somehow separated each one into quarters – two were plain cake mixture, one was pink and strawberry flavoured, and one was brown and chocolate flavoured. I’d love to give them a go one day. When I was about 7, she sadly went into a nursing home, and that’s where the baking ended. My mum, while being a superb cook, doesn’t really like baking. And when we moved to Cyprus, there was even less baking going on – it was so hot, that the last thing you wanted to be doing was slaving away in the kitchen – most food was cooked …

Dinner at Foxlow

Over the weekend, we went for dinner at Foxlow in Clerkenwell. We’d been looking for somewhere to go for a steak – our favourite is Goodmans (I seriously need to get round to blogging about it at some point) and we also visit Gaucho and Hawksmoor – but all of these can be a bit pricey, especially if you’re going with friends or in a big group. I’d been hearing good things about Foxlow (it’s run by the team behind Hawksmoor), so we thought we’d try there. Based in Clerkenwell, it’s not the most obvious place to go, but it’s fairly near to where we live, and there’s another one opening soon in Stoke Newington. The restaurant had a great vibe – dim lighting and wooden tables, very chilled out. Straight away, the waiters were incredibly friendly and helpful. We started off with some ‘snacks’ – Anchovy & Goat’s Butter Crisps, Cobble Lane Saucisson and Homemade Ricotta & Crispbread. All of these were around £3.00 per dish and easily satisfied our initial hunger before leading …