Monthly Archives: February 2013

Birds soaring in the clear sky over a lake

Stiltwalker in a parade

Super Sunday: Pavlova

The best thing I’ve made in the kitchen lately is a Pavlova. A few years ago, a co-worker brought one to a holiday potluck. I’ve been thinking about trying it myself since then but was worried my oven would be too flakey to pull off such a delicate dessert.

Pavlova topped with berries and bananas

All such concerns were unwarranted. It turns out that low and slow is my oven’s speciality. All the cracking and deflation as it cools add to the Pavlova’s charms. In the end, it all gets filled in with whipped cream and fruit. We pause here to lick our lips in remembrance.

If I were to change anything next time, I wouldn’t sweeten the whipped cream as the meringue is itself such a sugar bomb. Oh yes, there will be a next time.


But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

– Umberto Eco



Dolly Levi – Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.