My friend's eight year old daughter had been bugging her for a pet dog and the standard reply has always been "no, you can't have one because your baby brother is on the way". My friend is currently pregnant with her third child. Later that evening I received a text message from my friend asking if she could bring her daughter over to my place on the weekend to help me bath my two dogs. Her mother thought it would be a good idea for her to learn how much work goes into taking care of pets. Plus hopefully this fantasy goes away.
Mind you, keeping a pet is not easy. Your pets are for life and I truly believe this! Pets are not to be bought on an impulse, just because they are cute and then when the novelty wears off, they are discarded or abandoned. In Singapore, this is happening so often and the shelters are always full. I told my friend sure, come over for tea as well, and I’ll bake some treats. I think her little girl had fun that afternoon and I know my two dogs did as well.
Lemon Meringue Tartlets
Recipe for Tart Shell
For the Lemon Curd Filling:
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of cornflour/cornstarch
1 1/2 cups of cold water 3 to 4 lemons, the juice and finely grated zest
3 egg yolks, beaten
50g unsalted butter
For the Meringue topping:
4 egg whites
1/2 cup of castor sugar
To make the Lemon Curd Filling:
1) Place the sugar, cornflour, cold water and finely grated zest in a medium-sized saucepan.
2) Over a gentle flame heat the curd, stirring continuously until it begins to thicken.
3) Add the beaten eggs and butter and continue to heat and stir through until very thick.
4) Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, adding more to taste as desired. Pour the lemon curd into the cooled cooked pastry shell and top with the meringue.
To make the Meringue:
1) In a very clean and large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer place the 4 egg whites. Whisk until soft peaks form and then gradually add in the sugar a little at a time until the meringue is thick, smooth and glossy and all of the sugar has dissolved.
2) Spoon or pipe the meringue over the lemon curd filled pie shell. Use a hand-held blow torch to crisp up the meringue. If you don't have one, place under an oven grill but watch carefully in case the meringue burns too quickly.