A little twist on lemon meringue for a summer treat. Make most of it ahead and assemble when needed.
By Tania Cusack
Being a close (or crazy) family when I was growing up, we all lived within a small radius of a few houses. My Aunties, Grandmother and Great Grandmother were all within earshot of each other. This came about due to the fact that the area was predominately market gardens when they all settled here from England in the early 1900’s. Nana Dearest…. as she liked to be called was beside us, with her chickens and fruit trees. There was a lemon tree in the yard between our place and my hers, it was a sort of fence in a way. It was in a thoroughfare, a place you had to walk . If you weren’t walking past then a ball was probably stuck under its fruit filled branches or the cat was up it and needed rescuing. This tree scared the hell out of us, as it was full of stink bugs that flew at us and spayed a toxic smelling spray. My Grandfather prefered not to treat them with chemicals, but was seen on the odd occasion with a pair of tongs, his beekeepers hat and a plastic bag to pick the smelly things off. We knew to stay well clear, as this caused the remaining bugs to try to hurtle towards the swearing man in the hat. my Grandfather got into trouble for swearing around us, but I thought the swearing was better than the chemicals.
The smell of a home grown lemon can take me back to this time with just one sniff…..
This Lemon dessert, I have made not only smells of sweet lemon but tastes even better. It is my twist on Lemon Meringue Pie. Layers of lemon Crisps with a Frozen Lemon Mascarpone and Meringue to finish. A dessert that can be made and assembled when you need it…..Print
After completing Culinary School in Sydney, Tania travelled the world working as a Chef in restaurants, doing catering and cooking on road for a travel company in Europe and the US. Once back at home, the birth of her son meant a change, and during his small years, she enjoyed jobs in wholesale food, buying Artisan food products, testing and recipe writing as sales and educational tools. Tania is now back to what she loves, working as an in house Chef for a large retailer, conducting Cooking Classes and writing recipes for her blog.