making raspberry pavlova

March 14, 2010 at 11:00 am 8 comments

Pavlova pizza might be a more apt name for my first attempt at meringue making!
Not a peak in sight, just a perfectly flat base.  At least it was shiny and crack-free so I did get something right.  But what went wrong?  When you’ve never whipped up egg whites in to ‘stiff ‘peaks before it’s easy to think you’re whipping up a mountain only to discover you’re adding sugar to a mole hill.  And once you realise the error of your ways it’s near impossible to save it.  Even if you continue to whisk beyond the limits of your achy arms and the smell of an overheated motor in your hand blender!

Appearances aside having a flat meringue suited my slap-it-on method of  assembling puds.  A generous slathering of whipped cream and a scattering of fruit toppings (frozen allotment raspberries, passion fruit seeds and kiwi slices) soon restored the stature that my pavlova had been lacking.  To be honest I didn’t really mind what it looked like – it tasted delicious and not a crumb was left on anyone’s plate, despite the hearty Christmas dinner that pre-ceeded it.

Entry filed under: in the kitchen.

March madness the ‘Ministry of Food’ exhibition part 3: thrifty wartime ways to feed your family

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. miss m  |  March 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Looks flat-out delicious ! (pun intended :P)

    (Happy mum’s day in your parts ! xx)

  • 2. Johanna GGG  |  March 15, 2010 at 2:43 am

    with all that wonderful fruit you can’t go wrong – I am not much of a pav baker but my mum makes it all the time and often gives me tips that I now wish I could remember – all I can tell you is that it is worth practicing because when you can make a pav, it is an easy path to delicious dessert

  • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Miss M – thanks, same to you :o) (ps. puns always welcomed)

    Johanna – will definitely be making it again if only so I can post the recipe/quantities (which I’d forgotten since making it in December!). It’d be a good excuse for inviting friends round – G loves Pavlova too much to let him lose on a family size one when it’s just us two!

  • 4. Sophie  |  March 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Waw,…what a stunning & colourful dessert!!


  • 5. mangocheeks  |  March 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    It looks lovely. Soft and lush and those lovely red juices.

    You’ve reminded me to take a look into my little freezer too: I’m sure I have some raspberies too, and maybe even some blackcurrants.

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  March 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Sophie – lovely of you to stop by, especially with such kind compliments!

    MC – get rummaging through your ice-box – hope you find some hidden treasures

  • 7. allotofveg  |  March 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Oh yum!

  • 8. maria  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

About Nip it in the bud

Welcome to my blog about growing and cooking allotment veg since 2009 and growing sweet boys since 2012. Take a walk with us through our life in Gloucester with a boy, a baby and 3 cats.

If you like what you found why not receive stories straight into your inbox

Follow Nip it in the bud on

Blog Stats

  • 454,073 hits


Follow me on Instagram

I love how an ordinary moment frozen in time by the camera can actually reveal so much. Luca is all about inhabiting his body and jumping, running and climbing. Euan is all about the quirkiness, curiosity and inventions. There's more about these best friend brothers on the blog in this month's #siblingsproject post #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
This little one is negotiating hard to get out of food shopping with me. Even saying that poor Daddy will be hungry if we don't restock the fridge isn't working. Apparently Daddy will be fine eating a wooden mushroom while L watches telly! #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog #toddlerantics💜
#mischiefmakers #summerreadingchallenge starts today - you can find out more at your local library. E was excited to sign up and work towards earning his medal. There are some great activities taking place in Gloucestershire libraries this summer. #welovereadingbooks #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
I'd love a packet of crisps the size of a pillow case to make the same toddler-to-Doritos bag ratio. #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog #toddlerliferocks
Love Saturday mornings. E's busy creating already with @geomagworld #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
Beach buddies #lightroomstoriescontest #adobelightroom #bestfriendbrothers #nipitinthebudblog
Happy memories of our Cornwall break last month at the start of this super sunny heatwave season. #lightroomstoriescontest #adobelightroom #nipitinthebudblog
Our first "soaked on the school run" selfie in a long long time! So many smiles and "yay, it's raining" from everyone in the playground ☔😄 #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
I think Luca was channelling his inner Monet when he painted his duck money box #2yearoldartist #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
I love finding pictures on my phone I'd forgotten about that remind me of a really special time with my boys (the Project Pilgrim celebration at @GlosCathedral a couple of weeks ago) #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
Love this kids creativity - there's only so many times you can tolerate your little brother interrupting your game of giant Connect 4 after all! #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog
L fell asleep in the car today and stayed asleep when I got him out. I took this picture thinking I'd savour the moment and then wake him so that bedtime wouldn't be messy but just look at that face, I couldn't. So I enjoyed the cuddle instead and he's now snoring blissfully beside me again. Trust your baby, he knows what he needs 😴 #gloucesterlife #nipitinthebudblog

Follow me on Twitter

Featured posts elsewhere

A Gardeners Voice Featured Blog!
TOTS 100 - UK Parent Blogs

%d bloggers like this: