So, I am still waiting for summer. There was a day of sun late this past week, but then it all went back to Endor again. Check out your own Star Wars weather here.

The new update to Stanza blows. I want to organize my books in the order I added them, not the order I read them. If I go back to read the grubby bits in Bobby Michaels book, I do not wait it to stay in the top of my book list!!!! grrr.

I may just be turning into the Christmas Grinch. sigh.

I’ve noticed a few Christmas recipes going up, so here is a New Zealand classic, a Pavlova. Ganked from here.

3 Egg Whites
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


-Beat egg whites until stiff (forms peaks). Add sugar – heaped tablespoon at a time – beating well after each addition. Then beat for at least 10 minutes. This is very important. Then sprinkle vinegar, cornflour and vanilla essence into mixture. Beat until blended.
-Coat baking paper with water drops to allow baking paper to stick to sides of tin and pile pavlova mixture in 20cm circle.
-Heat oven until 300°F (or 150°C). Put pav in oven and immediately turn oven down to 250°F (or 125°C) and leave for 1 hour. Then turn oven off and leave in oven until cold. (Usually overnight). This makes a nice crust on outside of pav.
-Before serving, cover pav in whipped cream and decorate with your favourite fruit.

If you’ve not read this wonderful series as yet, do it. It is fantastic.


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