Recipes . . . as closely guarded family secrets . . . Are they a thing of the past? It seemed, when I was young, that you weren’t a real cook unless you had at least a few such recipes that others coveted but you would never share.
|Gale and myself; early 1970s|
I still remember, with longing, a cauliflower dish, covered with a thick, golden, cheesy topping, that my friend Gale Stansfield flaunted at dinner parties and I have never been able to reproduce.
My cousin, Lily Maksymic, makes Lemon Pie with an amazing meringue topping-- she was hesitant to share, at first, but here it is, a secret Family recipe. J
MACSYMES FAMILY MERINGUE TOPPING
From The Family Sweet Tooth” , a cookbook produced for a reunion of the Macsymes family in Wishart, Saskatchewan
3 egg whites
1 tbsp ice cold water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
¼ tsp baking powder
· Beat egg whites and cold water until soft peaks form.
· Mix dry ingredients together and add to egg whites & beat to a stiff meringue.
· Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
Lemon Pie -- it’s hard for anyone to resist – in fact, it’s Karen’s favourite.