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Meringue layers

  • 1 1/4 cups roasted  salted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup  golden brown sugar
  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 200g dark chocolate

For meringue layers:
Preheat oven to 130°C.  Draw three circles with diameter 21 cm on the baking paper.

Finely grind 1 cup nuts with 1/4 cup sugar in processor. Coarsely chop remaining 1/4 cup nuts and set aside.

Using electric mixer, beat egg whites with some salt and lemon juice in large bowl until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until meringue is stiff and glossy. Add ground nut mixture and coarsely chopped nuts; fold gently just to blend.

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A gluten-free Cheerios?


I would be excited about that! Apparently, they are “naturally” gluten free, but since the main ingredient is oats, the oats need to be verified gluten free (since there are cross-contamination issues with oats).

You can read about it in The Wall Street Journal here.

Monday, December 15

Whew! Another warm one! I went out around 2.25 p.m. It was sunny (YAY!), 45 degrees F, with a slight wind chill of 41 degrees F.

I walked for 8 minutes;
ran for 2.75 minutes; walked for 1.75 minutes;
ran for 2.75 minutes; walked for 1.75 minutes;
ran for 2.75 minutes; walked for 1.75 minutes;
ran for 2.75 minutes;
then walked home for a total of 30.5 minutes.

Run time: 11 minutes

Walk time: 19.5 minutes

We are getting all of our Christmas presents “wrapped up,” so to speak. I’m still missing presents for 2 members of the family. I also cook our Christmas Eve dinner. My father’s family is Polish-American, so we celebrate the Wigilia (or Vigil) dinner. This is very similar to the “seven fishes” dinner a lot of Catholic Americans celebrate. I mostly cook shellfish, and the main entrée is crab cakes, as it’s usually the only time I can eat them (since I have celiac disease). I’m getting hungry already!