The origine of an idea


This summer Anita and I travelled through Great Britain, from New Castle to Liverpool, through Wales, via Swindon to Dover-and-back. There were two cities that I wanted to visit for musical reasons. Guess which.

In the middle of nowhere we hit upon a fantastic little inn called The Apple Tree. We talked about the screenplay that I’d written, drank apple cider, and enjoyed the most splendid Pavlova you have ever seen. This is where I decided to just go ahead and make this film, no matter what. We drank to that.

Here’s the recipe of a fine Pavlova. I reccommend to serve it with a good cider.

4 egg whites
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pint heavy cream
6 kiwi, peeled and sliced

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9 inch circle on the parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Overbeaten egg whites lose volume and deflate when folded into other ingredients. Be absolutely sure not a particle of grease or egg yolk gets into the whites. Gently fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice and cornstarch.
Spoon mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread mixture toward the outside edge, building edge slightly. This should leave a slight depression in the center.
Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
In a small bowl beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. Remove the paper, and place meringue on a flat serving plate. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, sweetened if desired. Top whipped cream with kiwifruit slices.