We normally have a just-the-three-of-us picnic… a guilty take-away one.. and not wanting to miss out of any of the good weather opportunities, moved that to today.
It is a real treat, to pick up the take-away on the way, so no long winded picnic preparation, and the food is still hot when we sit down to eat.
My lad pointed out his rights. Sunday is pudding day. What to take that wasn’t too heavy after a curry, that could survive the journey, that used some of our homegrown produce, and that wouldn’t take too long to make. I settled on meringues and, having little time, tried the microwave version, and it works really well. Bit crumblier than convential meringues, but really good. (see below for recipe).
The moors were perfect, the sun was throwing beautiful shafts of sunlight through the clouds. I don’t know why more people don’t head for the moors in the evening, I’m not complaining. It was very still, and apart from the occasional passing car, really, really quiet.So apart from us, there was silence broken only by the distant barring of sheep, and a cuckoo calling in the valley below us.
We are lucky to hear cuckoos, as they are becoming rare, but still around on Dartmoor, and we hear them at home from time to time – this is the latest I have heard one, there is something in a rhyme about cuckoos changing their tune in June… but this one had obviously never heard it and was still calling his normal cuckoo call.
1 egg white
300g icing sugar
Sift the sugar and mix in the egg white. This will seem unlikely but keep going, using your hands to pull it into a really thick paste. Shape pieces of this paste into walnut sized balls. Line the microwave plate with kitchen towel and place three of the balls. Nuke for about a minute on full power – watch them, as timings may well be different with difference microwave ovens. Once the first batch is done, and you are happy with the timing, slide them out, reline the plate and do the next three.