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Monday, January 30, 2012

meringues for izzie

My granddaughter, Izzie, is about to turn 6. Can you believe it? How can it already be 6 years since I first held her, not even a day old?

The first few years of her life, I indulged. I baked cookies and muffins, made pasta soups, and pasta salads, cakes with fresh flowers and creamy frosting, which she adored. We spent hours cooking together, and it was such a delight. But she wasn't feeling well at all, and it was only when my daughter took her to a specialist, did we find out she was gluten-intolerant, as well as (sometimes) , allergic to dairy.

As a baker, I should have embraced this new challenge, but instead I stopped baking. I arrived at her house with lots of fresh fruits, and little else. Slowly, oh, so slowly, I'm feeling my way to cooking and baking in a new way, and one that will be something she can share in, with her usual delight and passion for good food. Today, I experimented with meringues, sprinkling a pinch of (gluten-free) sparkles on the tiny swirls of airy egg whites.

Happy Birthday, Miss Isadora!


La Table De Nana said...

She is so precious..and those meringues with sprinkles could inspire anyone:)

katrina said...

Thank you, Nana! I feel the same about your grands- always a delight to see them grow.

You know, I think part of the reason I've hesitated to bake for her, even with a gluten-free recipe, is worrying I might make her ill by accident .

Marianne said...

How adorable! She must be a dancer! And the meringues look perfectly wonderful!

katrina said...

Thanks, Marianne! She loves dancing, and acting, and swimming - and skiing, as well as reading! Being on the gluten-free diet has been good for her - much more energy, fewer tummy troubles - she feels SO much better!

Barb said...

Oh Katrina, Izzie is just beautiful! How you must delight in her, and I am so happy that she is feeling so good now.

Those meringues are perfect!

Happy Birthday to Izzie!!

katrina said...

Oh, thank you, Barb! I'll have to show Izzie your message - so sweet. She's an amazing, lovely , beautiful child, with a beautiful heart and soul. Glad you liked the pretty meringues!

Farmgirl Susan said...

Six? Six! Not possible. Nope, nope, nope. That cute little girl is obviously adding years to her age. No way can she be more than three. ;)

Happy, happy! Wow, does the time ever fly by. xoxo

katrina said...

I feel exactly the same way, Susan - how can she possibly be six already? But almost overnight, it seems, she's grown into a mature, composed, cheerful and happy young lady ♥