clouds of peace
I want that live-in-the-moment-unconditional-love-pure-peaceful-easy-feeling!
A wise spiritual leader named Gandhi once said, "You must be the change you want to see in the world." I have always aspired to that, trying to be more understanding, more compassionate, more spiritual and most importantly more joyous! I am always striving to focus on purpose, positive energy, and those things that bring me peace [so to transcend any cliches ding! ding! ding! I remember why I bake, it puts me in the moment, it brings me peace, yes, it really is that good] I embrace it. I conjure up the magic, baking the spells to cure what ails me......I am fascinated by this process, so yes, it's true...it's the little things. What brings you peace? What is unconditional love? How do you live in the moment? [I'm not Gandhi dude, I don't have all the answers] but when I start measuring, mixing and creating the pastries that come together I start to feel......yeah okay, peaceful.
It is at times like this, when I'm feeling melancholy that I want to bake something that "takes me away from it all", it must be sweet, elegant, enchantingly simple... given this criteria the first thing that comes to mind is French Meringues, billowy white clouds that whisk away the blues and bring me joy. Crisply sweet, airy, heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth-cookies. *sigh* I adore them. Unequivocally.
- Use a clean dry bowl, completely free of any grease. (Avoid using a plastic bowl).
- Cold eggs separate easily, but room temperature eggs whip to a higher volume. To achieve this, separate cold eggs then allow them to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before whipping.
- Separate each egg into two small bowls, one for the whites and one for the yolks, then add the whites to the larger bowl for whipping (this allows you to remove any broken yolks, which can deflate the egg whites).