My daughter and I got together last night to make some ghost meringues for her to take to a Hallowe’en party at work today. Little did I know these simple treats would remind me of an important lesson about sharing food and entertaining.
That lesson? It’s simply that simple is often best.
We could have laboured for hours making cupcakes festooned with frosting witches and spiders. We could have baked and iced cookies that resembled severed digits, or made a bloody looking punch with floating faux eyeballs.
Instead, we whipped up a batch of meringue* and piped out a ghostly, somewhat lopsided army. After baking, Jenn dabbed on eyes and mouths with melted chocolate and the handle end of a small paint brush. We laughed at the different ghost shapes and the expressions on their faces, and how each sweet spectre seemed to have its own personality.
We had a fun, stress-free time together — with few dirty dishes to show for our trouble — and at the end of the evening our reward was four dozen meringues packed up for both Jenn and the Culinary Enthusiast to share at work.
The lesson struck me today when I received two texts in quick succession. The first was from the Culinary Enthusiast:
The guys love the ghosts!
And the text from Jenn said:
The ghosts were a hit! Too cute to eat, I hear, LOL.
And that’s when it struck me: these uncomplicated little treats that were made of not much more than some egg whites, sugar and a whole lot of heart meant a lot to the people who received them. Not just because they were tasty and cute, but also because they were homemade. And maybe also because at least some of the people who enjoyed them might have been inspired to think they could make something like this too.
This is what simple real food, made with flair, is all about.
- You can find a simple meringue recipe here. I suggest omitting the peppermint extract for this ghostly version.
Beautiful cool photography Mar…cute little ghosties!!!
Thank you! And now it’s time to eat these little ghoulies, bahahahaha!
those look very yummy … and ghoulish haappyy Halloween. eeeennn….
Happy Hallwe’en to you as well, Suzanne!
Less is more so they say. Wish i had tried these rather than the tooth-breaker Mallow Cakes we made….
To the best of my knowledge, no teeth were harmed in the eating of these meringues. At least, none were broken. If people get cavities down the road as a result of not brushing properly, well then, I think I’m indemnified under my disclaimer. Ha!
They do seem to have their own personality…they certainly did make me smile. You are right about simple being the best.
Funny how engaging these little ghouls turned out to be. A great trick to have up your sleeve for Hallowe’en!
A great reminder that simple is best. They are fabulous!
Thank you, Redawna!
These are so darn cute. I know Halloween is over but I still might make these for my niece 🙂
I think these little meringues can be pretty versatile. For Hallowe’en they’re ghosts, but maybe with a different treatment (and a swirly piping tip) they could be little princesses or ballet dancers? Hmm, now I’m thinking …