It was three days ago when I got back from overseas that I looked at my calendar and saw a carelessly scribbled note scribbled on it. I've got terrible handwriting and there was just a single word that I didn't recognise or could decipher attached to a time that I could read. I panicked a little. I knew that something was expected of me at a certain time but I didn't know what it was!
I searched my email to no avail and it was only finally after a friend texted me a few hours later reminding me of a date I had with her that I relaxed. And after that I made a vow to write neater because quite frankly it scared the pants off me that I might have let someone down!
Anyway, while examining the calendar for clues I noticed another day right next to it. Friday the 13th! Now you may know how much I love Halloween-it's my Christmas and a Friday the 13th is like a little gift from the universe so that I can create something a bit ghoulish during the whole year's wait between trick or treating.
Truth be told I have yet to have something terrible happen on a Friday the 13th - certainly I'm on high alert just in case it does (and I also hope that saying it doesn't jinx me). And for the superstitious, it is also a full moon at the same time
So tell me Dear Reader, has anything bad happened to you on Friday the 13th? And are you on high alert for the day in case something does?
Dem Bones for Friday the 13th!
- 2 egg whites (around 70g or 2.47 ozs or so)
- 1/2 cup caster or superfine sugar
- A pinch of cream of tartar
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 100C/212F and line two large baking trays with parchment. Make sure that your bowl and beaters are completely clean. Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl and whisk for a few minutes until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar until you get stiff, glossy peaks. You should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the meringue moving at all.
Step 2 - Fill a piping bag with the meringue mixture and snip off the end to give you a 1/2cm or 1/4 inch opening. Pipe bone shapes. I pipe two centre lines joined together and then two "ears" at the ends. You can also do rib cages and skulls. Bake in the oven for 1 hour until they have dried out completely.