I have grown to love the many cookbook collections that surround my home.  One in particular is A Country Cook’s Kitchen by Alison Walker.   From the simple pleasures of making artisanal hearty breads, experiencing the delights of churning butter, making the most of seasonal fruits, enjoying the aroma of freshly baked pastries, biscuits and so much more I have yet to discover…this maybe a great addition to your cookbook collection, as well!

I was really in a mood for cooking another authentic Filipino dish.  So for dinner the other day I made a combination of two of my favourite components (or dishes) and blended the two together making one scrumptious entrée.

Since I watched the last episode of Master Chef (currently on FOX Season 3) when Monti Carlo (one of the home cook contestants and…that’s probably not her real name, really?  Monti Carlo, anyway…) made a Scotch Egg on one of the challenges; and actually got great accolades from Chef Gordon Ramsay, I have had an inkling to make them.  Well, today (Sunday) was the day!

So I am going to make this come out as my first product review for a DIY Butter-Making Kit I recently purchased from Williams-Sonoma online. On their website you will find a section called Agrarian, which basically means supporting a lifestyle of healthy living.  You connect a healthy living by the virtues of homegrown and homemade on your table.  It has become my favourite section on their website, almost to a point that I am on that site everyday just ogling at the many items I would like to have.  In my passion for both shopping and eating, I decided that my first ‘agrarian’ purchase would be easy and no doubt, fun and educational to explore.  This is where the DIY Butter-Making Kit came to play…kitchen play, that is.

Saturday late afternoon, hubby, my 9-year old and I were invited to a friend’s house to shoot the breeze–both metaphorically and literally!  George, our friend, who was also our realtor when we initially met, (We met George when we were house hunting summer of last year) invited us to come over, meet the girlfriend, meet the family and do some target shooting in their property.  So what does all this have to do with fruit tarts?

I FINALLY got around to making this wonderful dessert that I have seen plastered all over Instagram.  I thought what better way to enjoy my all-time favorite meringue cookies in a ‘messy’ sort of way!  When all was chilled and ready for devouring, my son says to me, “Oh it’s good…but kind of messy…”  I simply smiled and said, “An Eton’s Mess” 😉

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE meringue cookies ever since I was a little girl.  I remember moments after school, when my grandmother would often surprise me with a paper bag full of meringue cookies.  She purchased them from a local market not too far away from our home in the Philippines.  Since then, meringue cookies have always been a part of my life.

Here’s a great recipe to making your own cake mix at home!