‘Once, as they drifted silently past a massive white cloud, they saw on the top of it a group of strange, tall, wispy–looking things that were about twice the height of ordinary men…
“Ssshh!” James whispered back. “Don’t let them hear you! They must be Cloud–Men!”‘
I definitely had nightmares about the Cloud-Men from James and the Giant Peach. These terrifying creatures who controlled the weather. It may explain why I cried every time it rained till I was 6 😦
If you have ever flown above a thunderstorm you can see the most amazing pyramids of cloud flashing purple and yellow. It is the most incredible sight. You can just imagine the cloud men making their hailstones ready to throw onto the world below.
Cloud Meringue Recipe
This weekend was a quest to make the perfect meringue. I used to be able to make great meringues when I worked at a catering company and then somewhere in my twenties I lost the knack and kept on making brown horrible biscuits. So armed with a bucket of every type of egg you could think of (duck, hen, posh hens, goose), I dedicated the entire weekend to perfecting the perfect meringue. Turns out, the secret ingredient is cream of tartar.
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
1 cup of caster sugar
1. Pre-heat your oven to 100C or 200F.
2. Mix the egg whites and cream of Tartar together lightly.
3. then add in all the sugar and whisk for about five minutes. The mixture should be glossy and like melted marshmallow.
4. Add the vanilla and whisk until you get firm peaks. When you pull your beaters out the cloudy peaks should not fall over…that’s when you know they are ready.
5. Fill a piping bag and pipe onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
5. Bake in the oven for 1-2 hours or until they de-tatch easily from the paper.
This is really the best meringue recipe ever as they hold their shape and don’t sink.
Simply mix your meringues and cream together and arrange alternating layers of the peach and cream mixture, then top with nuts.
I haven’t had tinned peaches since I was little, but they are great with their grape syrup and perfect for puree..especially as you can only get rock hard flavourless peaches in the UK. If only I could get my hands on these giant Japanese peaches – they cost £9 each and are sold individually. But look at these beauties!
I would love my own pet cloud…