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  1. Sig

    I see it!! I see it!! and awww….so cute (until you bite their heads off!!!)

    Ahh darling – you know my feelings on the subject – while it IS wonderful to have that one person to share life with – I don’t think it’s the be all and end all of life.

    Love comes in many shapes and forms. Like chocolate.

    And like how I LOVE your enthusiasm for life, living it on your terms and basically being your shiny, sparkling, whizzing self.

    When you do meet your ‘right one’ – that person will only add to the light you have now 🙂

  2. Karen

    You know, that rhinoceros looks to me like she might just be sticking her tongue out…….that made me smile today…..33 meringues in 3 days…I did a whole pav in 1!

  3. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t believe in love at first sight. For me, it was always a-million-mental-questions at first sight, that take several months to puzzle out, and THEN might reveal love hiding underneath. I spent the first 6+ months of Matt’s and my relationship saying “This will never work”! And look at us now. 🙂

  4. Lizzi

    I may be getting ahead of myself – as we’ve never even met – but I’m pretty confident I love these.

    I also love you.

    And I also don’t believe in love in first sight (but I do believe in NOT love at first sight). I believe that love can grow from not-much to very-much. And I also love that.

    But mostly I just love these meringues. Loooveee.

  5. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I am impressed both by your meringue making and eating skills!!!

  6. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Oh, I think I could easily eat eleven a day, too, with flavours like that. And they do look like cute little critters!

    For me, just enjoying life – be it by yourself, with friends, family, or a partner – that’s all you want really. If you are enjoying life then there is love in your life, even if it doesn’t involve butterflies and a charismatic stranger. 😉

  7. Em

    You made me smile but admitting how many meringues you ate and then trying to qualify it. You don’t need to qualify or explain yourself to us Hannah!
    We have all been there. 🙂

  8. CheezyK

    OH.MY.GOODNESS!! I nearly skipped reading the post to simply comment “It’s a rhinoceros!” I did however read the post as I scrolled to the bottom and what do I see half way through but you saying pretty much exactly that – that made me smile today :D. So has the fact that IT’S FRIDAY!!!!! Dinner cooking away in the slow cooker at home is another, particularly given it looks like it’s gonna be another late night in the office 🙁

    I do not believe in love at first sight (I do believe that’s called lust), I don’t believe you can love anyone you don’t actually know and how can you know them if you’ve only looked? I also don’t believe in the idea of someone ‘completing’ you – like you’re not a whole person if you’re single – that’s rubbish! (Before anyone starts to think I’m single and jaded I’ve actually been very happily married for 13yrs – good grief that makes me sound old).

    (I’m starting to think that the coffee flavoured milk I had at lunch time actually had coffee in it … bouncy, bouncy, bounce)

  9. Vien @ We Dare Food

    Brilliant idea adding sesame seeds into the meringue!!! I know that I would absolutely love them too! 😀

  10. whisperinggums

    It looks like a cheery humpback whale! And what has made me smile today? First, this post. Second, my friend’s new baby (so soft and lovely). Third, it’s actually a nice summer day at last. I think that’ll do!

    1. Emma

      That’s what I was going to say! A whale!

  11. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Shut the front door. This sounds amazing. sesame seeds and cacao nibs for the ultimate crunch. mmm and its not bad for ya! Totally bookmarking this – I think I’ll make it with hemp seeds!

  12. Gary

    They look fabulous 🙂

  13. Catherine

    Ahh Hannah! When you come to Italy I shall take you to my bar and we will have a long long talk!

  14. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I totally saw the rhino and also a few fish too! Where are those googly eyes when you need them? 😛

  15. Three-Cookies

    I thought you were already in love, mutually, with chocolate.
    Great idea to include nibs – I’ve only tried cocoa powder and its awesome

  16. muppy

    YUM! my oven is not very friendly when it comes to meringue, i use to be the queen of meringue until we moved to this house, i might be due for another show down with the oven…..
    when i met my now husband it was not love at first sight, we just realised after a while that we were always going to the same things (that is bands at the bar) and actually did get along and things just developed from there!

  17. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    I’m actually quite impressed these lasted 3 days. I always found meringue to be like sugary air – delicious, but super light – and suspect that with cocoa nibs in the equation 11 per day could be not quite enough.

    Also? Pottering along is a pretty good way of being xo

  18. Emma

    Boyfriend and I first spent time together preparing large batches of surveys for mailing. And then we looked at dioramas in a diorama museum, marveling at the giant ‘forest spiders’ that had denned down and then died in a clump of ‘trees’. It was all a bit like Harry Potter. I think it’s all about Harry Potter – perhaps when you have a severe Potteresque moment you’ll know you have found someone interesting?

    I don’t think love is very easy, it’s pretty hard at times you know? But I do believe in some of the ‘first sight’ business, especially if it’s ‘first meet’ rather than sight. Cause isn’t there supposed to be something about how people smell (imperceptibly, not odorific) that attracts you to them?

    I just saw that Kari above me talked about Pottering in response to your mention of it. This may not be the Potteresque moment I was discussing:P

  19. Ricki

    Such cute little meringue-y animals! 😉 And I love (yes, it just hit me! I LOVE) this combination of ingredients! I was definitely one of those “slow burn” types when it came to falling in love. . . but once it stuck, it stuck. 😀

  20. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    mmm i haven’t tried a meringue before but they look light and airy with a crispy bite to them! mmmm i’ve never been in love either, it takes me a long time to fall in love. i think i tend to be more guarded – don’t want my fragile heart to be broken so easily. we are in the same boat!

  21. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Mmmm…meringues. I have never made them before but I think it’s time I started.

    I don’t believe in soul mates. “What! Jeff isn’t your soul mate?!” Nope. I think he’s one of hundreds, if not thousands, of people I could be extremely compatible with, but I found him first so he wins. I don’t think that’s unromantic either. On the contrary, I think it sounds hopelessly sad if there is only one other person in the whole world that could make me happy and we may never even find each other.

    I think you’re lovely Hannah, and someone else is bound to pick up on that loveliness eventually, but it’s awesome that you don’t feel incomplete without someone else’s adoration.

  22. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Ohh yum! These sound delicious! What are cacao nibs are they like chocolate chips? I feel so silly asking you this question hehe

    Can’t wait to try some of these!

  23. Tracy

    Too cute! Ok, the creatures definitely brought a smile to my face :). These are like animal crackers but 100x better, lol.

  24. Lou

    oooo love the combo of cacao and sesame… nice work, nice work! Egg whites are totally amazing, no? Frustrating when you are a vegan though, there’s nothing that can really substitute them… I actually LOVE whipping egg whites to make meringue, love how they go beautifully shiny and peaky. I get my egg white whipping fix baking at work these days… actually I make a flourless chocolate cake that you would LOVE… egg whites, dark chocolate, almond meal, all gooey and fudgy 🙂

  25. Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco

    Who needs a man when we have delicious meingue bites of wonderment?

  26. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I’ve been in love a couple of times – it’s the best feeling 🙂 Love the cute rhino!

  27. Vaala ◪

    Hahaha! Certainly wouldn’t agree with the statement that when you meet the right person you know. When I first met M I thought, oh no, not another lost puppy. Then I thought he was creepy and annoying. Now I love him. I don’t know when or how that happened!

  28. Bryan

    Did you REALLY eat all 33 of them? *falls off the chair*

    I hear about the love at first sight theory too, but alas after a number of relationships, I’m so cautious now that I suspect I’ve had many missed opportunities. I do wish you’ll find the day where you’ll feel “suffused with butterfies”. Send me some! 🙂

  29. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    You’ll make the experience of love, I’m sure! I think that true love (not having a crash!) is something not all people experience because it’s genuinely unselfish.

    Ohhhhhhh, the fluffs! Very cute! I’m feeling as light as them today, because I woke up and the thesis was gone. Such lightness! 😀

  30. Johanna GGG

    11 of these a day sounds like a healthy intake – but only when combined with chocolate and smoothies 🙂

    I think the ones on the second last photo look like friendly fishies – was your blog down earlier as I couldn’t get it to load but seeing it is back up (or back on my computer at least) makes me smile 🙂

  31. Hannah

    I don’t know why it never occurred to me to add sesame seeds to meringue before. That sounds wonderful! Add a little matcha to the cookie itself, and you’d have an awesome Asian flavor going on. Now I’ve gotta try this!

  32. ck

    I saw the animals right away too and they do look like smiley happy creatures. These days I’m an extremely happy single. I love being free to do whatever I wish, free from restraint. In my old work, I met many amazing young people who were not in relationships. The really amazing ones were too busy doing other things with their lives and were not the type to just hook up with anyone for the sake of it. Life has many components and they don’t always fit neatly into one time and space. I expect you will experience all of life’s amazing opportunities Hannah, just not all in that one time and space. But when love comes to you, it will be real, not made up for the sake of ticking a box. I have also met many people who had arranged marriages who ate very happily married, often more so than our sort of marriages, which I find fascinating. BTW, I buy black sesame seeds and black sesame powder regularly. In The ‘berra – at any Asian grocery store. Definitely going to try these and try not to eat them all myself! xx

  33. msihua

    Where are you?? I miss you.. yesterday sitting down watching TV.. I said to the Boy suddenly, “Pass the MUSTARD! THE MUSTARD!!! The mustard the mustard!”

    And said, “Where is that from?” He looked at me blankly.

    I said, “Damn, Hannah would know. Why aren’t you Hannah????!!!!!!”

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  35. Kath Lockett

    I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do believe in intrigue at first sight:
    Who’s he? He’s cute…. what book is reading?

    ….. On my first date with LC though, I knew. I don’t know how or why but I felt confident, truly me and ‘home’ somehow.

    You will find that. You have far too much joy, intelligence, humour and creativity to be kept just to yourself!

  36. hungryandfrozen

    Gosh, make me ponder why don’t you. I think the smiling meringue looks like a happy baby dugong. Which is just DELIGHTFUL.

    I don’t think love at first sight, or ‘knowing’ is true for all people – took me 10 months to even consider liking Tim (not for want of his trying) so there you go!

    While I hope someone comes along who can match your superness, at least you can be safe in the knowledge that you, just you, are so brilliant as you are, that you can even make meringues smile 🙂

  37. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Ha ha, I thought “rhinoceros” as soon as I saw that one too – that definitely made me smile today… as did riding my friend’s horse; the first time she’s been sat on and she was perfect 🙂
    I agree about being single; I think a lot of people (especially men) think a single woman is never happy – but I’d rather be on my own than not have that in-love-ness… I’m not sure whether or not I believe in love at first sight but that’s not to say I wouldn’t take it if it came along!

  38. Ashley

    Awww, the rhino is adorable! These are such an adorable and manageable size! I always make my meringues far too big and end up having a crunchy mess…but y’know. Who’s complaining.

    I also do agree with you in regards to love etc. etc. I think there can be a spark on first meeting, as there are some people you just connect with and have chemistry with, but it’s definitely not love straight off the bat and applies to both potential romantic interests and friends.

    From my own experience with Brad, I think I would sort of question his habits and what I liked about him at the beginning, but now that he is familiar and comfortable, I fall more and more in love with him.

    Actually he came along in my life right after I decided I would stop rushing into relationships and enjoy being single, free and wild, that I would do lots of flirting, pashing and dashing. But then Brad ruined everything. EVERYTHING! :B

  39. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I am not a believer of love at first sight. Lust maybe, but love, nope that takes a whole lot longer to develop.

    S and I noticed each other immediately the first time we were in the same room. It took over 2 years and numerous meetings for us to even go on a date, and I would say it was quite a bit later before love arrived.

    I also don’t believe love arrives like a surprise package at the door, it grows slowly and surprisingly (well if those meringues arrived as a surprise package at the door I might re-evaluate that).

  40. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    It wasn’t until I was reading bedtime stories to my niece a few weeks ago that I realised *how many* stories end with ‘and then they lived happily ever after’. And we wonder why women are socially conditioned to seek a ‘soul mate’ before they can consider their lives as fulfilled and complete? Ack. *shakes fist*

    There is so much joy in this world and so many things to discover and experience, whether it’s with a friend or in reflective solitude. Besides being single means you don’t have to share your chocolate with anyone! W00t!

  41. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    Awww I’m so touched you remember our conversation 🙂 And I love that you describe it like breathing although to be honest, I tend to end up ragey and exasperated whenever I get onto the topic. lol. And do you have a webcam installed? I just scoffed a handful of ginger toffee popcorn 🙂