I've decided I'm very much into messing around with my pen & tablet. So much so, that I've resorted to a pandemic blogging cliche, 'What I wore today'. I really don't mean to (or want to) become a 'style blogger', but this was so super fun it just may become a habit.
This year I decided to accompany my annual coconut lamb cake with little nests. I had some chocolate & candy coated sunflower seeds, and had just made some delish lemon meringues, so this was the natural next step. I think they turned out pretty adorably, if I do say so myself! (They were tasty, too!)
As a bonus, these are great for gluten free people! I was elated to see my gluten-free cousin throwing these back like I do malted milk eggs. I had to make sure and type up the recipe so I could remember what I did for next year, and the year after.
Really though, I'll probably make these again before Spring is over. Cute food is the best.
two large egg whites
pinch of salt
2/3 cup fine baking sugar
one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
chocolate candy coated sunflower seeds
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line one big baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
Use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment to whip the egg whites until foamy (bubble bath status). Add the pinch of salt, then start mixing on medium/high speed. Add the sugar slowly, and continue beating the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
Fold the cocoa powder and two tablespoons chocolate sprinkles into the egg white mixture using a rubber scraper.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with your choice of tip (round or star). Pipe a dab of meringue, then the 'nest' around it, forming approximately two-inch circles. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and chocolate candy coated sunflower seeds.
Place on the middle rack of your oven and bake for two whole hours.
Last Thursday morning, there was snow on the ground. In April. You know, the stuff that's supposed to come from the sky in Winter, not the day after I plant my leek and lettuce starters; poor babies!
Still bundled in my sweater and sweats, I thought it was a good time to browse the Pre-Fall & Fall collections again.
Although this look is Pre-Fall Phillip Lim, it seems so perfect for right now. The suit would make an excellent Easter ensemble, but she's still bundled up in leather, boots & socks...with bare legs in hope that there will be a Spring.
This morning, I drank the most delicious beverage. It's likely been done before, but is SO. TASTY.
Truth be told, I had made lemon macaron shells and was planning some coconut frosting for the insides. I simmered (then strained) sweetened coconut shavings in milk to use in the frosting, then realized we were out of butter.
Meh, the macaron shells weren't my best anyway. All wonky and sticky.
So I put the milk in my tea. Plain old PG Tips.