Truth is, I’d not put much thought into Valentine’s Day this year. I’d have totally let it pass me by until The Husband had a ginormous bunch of flowers delivered. Fuck. I pull from my handbag the card I bought on the way to the train station the other day and know immediately it’s not going to cut the mustard. Too lazy to leave the house I did what I do best under pressure. Cook something. This truly is the way to a man’s heart, right? And since it is Valentine’s Day, the only thing you ever need to do is make something pink or heart shaped. Trouble was, I’ve been too lazy to leave the house ALL WEEK. Fortunately I did happen to have some eggs, a little sugar, a lemon and some red food colouring. And that’s enough for some meringue. Pink meringue.
If you want to make the simplest pav on the planet and a surefire way to woo your fella, here’s what you need:
230g caster sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
4 eggs (room temp, chuck them on the radiator for 5 minutes if you keep them in the fridge like a normal person)
Put the sugar and lemon juice in a mixing bowl (preferably attached to a KitchenAid).
Add one egg white.
Add another egg white.
Add the remaining egg whites.
Mix for 4-5 minutes.
You should end up with a stiff, glossy white pile of stuff.
Add the red food colouring until you get the colour you want.
Pop it all on a baking sheet, pile it high, and set it low in the oven. 140 degrees, 90 mins. Turn the oven off, let it cool in the oven.
Serve with whatever you want. Whipped cream, fruit, lego. I don’t care.
Easy fucking peasy.