Squidgy Chocolate Meringues!

Whenever I roast a chicken my real man has it with all the trimmings (potatoes, homemade bread sauce, homemade stuffing, veggies, real gravy and cranberry sauce) but I just have some breast meat with butternut squash roasted with red onion and chilli plus a little gravy.  Today the leftover spicy sweet roasted butternut was excellent mixed into mayonnaise with some diced chicken and served with delicious homemade sourdough


Incidentally, see here for a lovely Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Mayonnaise recipe.

Lunch pudding was one of my luscious ...

Chocolate Meringues

175g dark chocolate
2 large room temperature egg whites
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
50g caster sugar

~   Break up the chocolate and put into a small bowl and stand it in a small pan of boiling water to come about a third of the way up the bowl.  If your bowl is plastic it is a good idea to stand it on a metal jam jar lid or similar to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
~   Simmer the water until the chocolate is melted and then stir till smooth. 
~   Cool a little but it should still be runny.
~   Preheat your oven to
350ºF/180ºC/160°C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment or a  non stick liner.
~   Whisk the egg
whites together with the cream of tartar (abiding by the rules of meringue making here) to soft peaks.
Add the vanilla extract and then, still whisking, gradually add the sugar and whisk to stiff peaks.
Add the cooled chocolate and fold in gently, gently to till all merged together. 
Immediately drop teaspoonfully onto the parchment a couple of centimetres apart and bake till shiny and cracked – about 15-20 minutes.
This recipe is taken directly from the chapter on Inclusions, Complimentary Stuff & Ancillary Recipes in my book Luscious Ice Cream without a Machine.

In Other News ...

1.   The reason I had two glasses of wine (other than I wanted to) is that there has been a bit of a cock up in the distribution of my "real" book, The Leftovers Handbook, department; people are still waiting for delivery, and I am in a Bad Mood!  Not surprisingly I cheered up after lunch!

ultimate guide to using up leftovers

News from the future ... by book is now in its second edition  and is called Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers.  In it I give all the information, ideas, recipes, handy hints, cook’s treats, storage info, ideas of what goes with what that I can think of for over 450 possible leftovers. 


Jenny Eatwell said...

Suzy, can I introduce you to my friend Marisa - who has recently been for a wonderful holiday to Tortola. :) You can find her at https://mcproco.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/caribbeanbarbecue/#comment-977 :)

Sue said...

I've never been able to find wild garlic growing near where we have lived - one day I will, I do keep searching :-)

Suzy - Sudden Lunch said...

Thanks Jenny - I've just read Marisa's post and it made me very nostalgic. Just one thing tho - Bomba is a real guy not a deity!

s said...

Where do you live Sue? I pick mine around Padstow and St. Columb in Cornwall. Sort of lightly wooded areas.