Meringue according to the ever reliable wikipedia, is a type of dessert made from whipped egg whites and powdered sugar. Some meringue recipes call for adding a binding agent such as cream of tartar or the cornstarch found in confectioner's sugar. Meringues are often flavoured with vanilla and a small amount of almond or coconut extract. They are very light and airy and extremely sweet.
This sumptuous dessert makes one return to the renaissance and think of Marie Antoinette with her frivolous frou frous and china tea sets. For many Filipinos though, it is but a simple sweet treat available at aling Sering's Sari-sari store for only about 50 cents a piece. Meringue in this side of the globe is not usually served with chocolate or strawberry, it is just usually followed with a big glass of water to avoid tonsilitis.
My memory of meringue will always be of my mother. She would buy me a pick of meringue whenever she visited a certain restaurant inside Quezon City Circle. She knew how much I like sugar-base sweets and would indulged me but she certainly demanded that I drink more than a glass of water in order not to get sick.
To relive the memories, the significant other and I decided for an early take-out dinner at Mom and Tina's Bakey Cafe (located at C5 road, beside House of Minis) when I notice this big tub of Meringue selling for P250.00. I was tempted to buy because the feeling of nostalgia crept in. But a big tub? I was having doubts if I could finish it. Good thing, there was a pint tub of meringue for only about P75.00. I quickly added it to my take-out list.
The verdict? Like mom was right beside me watching her favorite gossip show, it was just like the meringue i use to eat with her. Good things do come in small packages. This instance, its a piece of sugary whipped goodness called meringue.
And oh, I finish the whole pint in one sitting. I knew I should have gotten the big tub.