As we sat around the table last night, one of the things we discussed was ways we encourage others, within the group and in the world around us. It was a powerful reminder of the importance of real-life connections.
Especially considering the company I was in, a group of former-strangers-turned-friends. Different backgrounds and stories, different places in life. Yet unexpectedly now sharing something special together. And this monthly ritual of real-life connection is stuff of substance, deep and filling.
Unlike our dessert: Vanilla Bean Pavlova w/Honey Cream & Berries. The recipe I used was adapted from THIS ONE on Eat, Live, Run. I made a few small changes, which included using 4 large egg whites instead of medium and substituting a 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste for the vanilla bean.
I believe we need a bit of both (substance and fluff) to keep things balanced.