Remember that evil jelly from Pericles? And how I planned to have it with berries and cream and meringues for dessert when we had people to dinner the next day?
Well, I did. And it was fabulous. Also, beautiful.
I can’t really give you an adequate recipe (though I will post the weird jelly recipe later, for the curious), but the basic composition was a layer of diced rose-scented jelly, a layer of strawberries and fresh raspberries, a layer of crushed meringue, and a layer of whipped cream mixed with yoghurt and mascarpone. And then I repeated the layers a couple of times, and topped the whole thing off with chocolate curls that I happened to have on-hand (leftover from the work wedding) and whole meringues.
It’s the sort of dessert that is only simple if you already just happen to have meringues, whipped cream, rose-scented jelly and chocolate curls on hand. But it was delicious enough that I would actually consider making all those things again, just so that I can repeat the experience – such lovely, fresh-tasting berries, with tangy cream and crisp meringue and a scent of roses throughout. Just lovely.