I started baking when I was fifteen. My great-grandmother and grandmother were big bakers but my mother has never enjoyed it. Actually she says that she ate so many home-baked treats when she was kid that now she prefers the store-bought kind.
But I love baking. The stirring, the grating, the cracking of eggs. Days spent in the kitchen are wonderful days. There’s a reason my main character in Chocolates in the Ocean wanted to renovate that room first.
When I started baking my father’s job took him away a lot. Each time he came back from a long trip I would bake him something special.
Lemon meringue pie is his favourite.
The last time I made it was for his birthday four years ago. I followed the recipe to the letter and the less said the better. Haha that rhymes.
Now I know to use the zest of just one lemon and the juice of only two. If you try the recipe, please do the same. Unless you like dessert that taste like toilet cleaner.
Sometimes the best way to show someone we care, is to do something special for them. Making them their favourite dessert is a good place to start.