Tag Archives: Japonica

Andyman’s Lovely Limoncello Meringue

Frou'd And Ready To Eat, Rocking Dog

Frou’d And Ready To Eat

I was trying to be VERY good but then the weekend came and two lovely eating treats beckoned! We were lucky enough to receive some vouchers at Christmas for the Michelin star “Pony & Trap”, so Saturday was earmarked for that. We then had a delicious invite to join friends for lunch on Sunday. We offered to make pud’, so Andyman made Limoncello Meringue. We first ate this with friends in Italy, with Charlie having made his own Limoncello. Truly delicious.

It’s a little bit of a cobble of two recipes. So here goes :-

Meringue
4 large free range egg whites (use the yolks for scrambled egg or panna cotta)
200g caster sugar

Lemon Curd
125g butter (preferably unsalted)
175ml lemon juice
Finely grated zest of 3 lemons
450g golden caster sugar
4 large free range eggs, beaten
50 ml Limoncello (optional) commercially made or homemade.

Cream filling
300ml double cream
small tub mascarpone

Oven 140 C Fan 125C

1. Whisk egg whites until in stiff peaks.
2. Continue to whisk as you add spoonful by spoonful the sugar. The Meringue should be thick and glossy.
3. Turn the meringue out onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. A rough circular nest is great.
4. Pop into the oven for 25 minutes and then bake for a further 1 & 1/2 hours or so at 110C.
5. The Meringue can be left in the oven once switched off to dry out a little further. Remember to leave yourself a little note on top of the cooker to remind you of the meringues current home! I have burnt too many meringues than I care to remember.
6. For the lemon curd, place the juice and zest, butter and sugar into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water on a low heat.
7. Once the butter has melted and sugar dissolved, whisk in the beaten eggs. Continue to whisk over a low heat until the mixture is thick (approximately 10 minutes)
8. Strain the curd through a sieve and once a little cooler, fold through the Limoncello, cover and place in the fridge.
9. Shortly before serving whisk together the cream and Mascarpone until thick and in soft peaks.
10.To serve, dollop the cream mixture over the meringue base and top with the lemon curd. Grate over a little lemon or lime zest.

SHORTCUTS- Shop bought meringue, and a jar of good quality lemon curd would do the trick perfectly.

Andyman did a wonderful job but I could NOT stop myself from doing just a little frou’ing! I walked upstairs and said to him “you are going to be very cross with me”. He immediately knew i’d been dabbling with his delectable dessert (p.s love this link, sweet memories) and yes he was just a little bit everso cross!

Primroses, wild violets, pansies, raspberries or pomegranate seeds would all be lovely to add the final gilding to this gorgeous pud’. I can hear Andyman stamping his feet angrily!!

We ate pretty pud’s and other lovely things at The Pony and Trap. I loved the Figgy Pudding ice cream and the Bristol Cream Pickled Shallots.

Back on the straight and narrow, no more gastronomic misdemeanours for me!

Luscious Layers, Rocking Dog

Luscious Layers

Japonica, Rocking Dog

Japonica

Spring Is Around The Corner!, Rocking Dog

Spring Is Around The Corner!

Pretty Pony & Trap Pud', Rocking Dog

Pretty Pony & Trap Pud’

..And Another One, Rocking Dog

..And Another One

The Savouries Weren't Bad Either!, Rocking Dog

The Savouries Weren’t Bad Either!

Floral Spring Gifts

Garden Mix Milk Bottles

Garden Mix Milk Bottles

Rocking Dog presents a little collection of floral gift ideas. These charming arrangements can all be done very inexpensively, especially if you can raid your garden for little sprigs of this and that!

The photo above consists of a tiny wooden crate, lined with fuchsia tissue paper and containing three mini milk bottles (£1 each from Ikea). I printed out a verse from Gerald Manley Hopkins’s “Spring” on translucent parchment and attached it with a jolly gingham ribbon. The flowers were from my garden (Japonica, Daffs’ and Hellebore)

I love to hoard jars with pretty labels for vases or pencil pots. These Tiptree mustard jars are simply lovely to my eyes! Camelia, Soldiers and Sailors (Pulmonaria), Spurge and Tete de Tete make a sweet little arrangement.

At the moment you can pick up some lovely Daffodil bunches for a £1. Tied with ribbon, and a verse from William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wander’d Lonely As A Cloud” they would be so enjoyed by a lucky recipient.

The Vintage Violets consist of little violet plants and “Mind Your Own Business” set into a pretty vintage cup.

Tete de Tete have been picked put into a small glass jar and then placed in a handmade paper bag (this one was kindly bought back by a friend from Delhi)

These have got to be much more charming than a bunch of flowers purchased on a petrol station forecourt.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, happy floral foraging!

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

William Wordsworth. I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud

Message On A Bottle, Rocking Dog

Message On A Bottle

Mustard Pot Posy, Rocking Dog

Mustard Pot Posy

Poem Tied Bunch, Rocking Dog

Poem Tied Bunch

Vintage Violets, Rocking Dog

Vintage Violets

Tete de Tete Gift Bag, Rocking Dog

Tete de Tete Gift Bag

Beside The Lake...., Rocking Dog

Beside The Lake….