Derived from the Greek ikhthus, meaning fish, ichthyophagy is the practice of eating only fish, or of having a diet in which fish is the principle item. Ichthyo-phagy is still found in some isolated coastal or island communities.


Attractive meringue biscuits , Icicles may be made as small or as large as you like.


2 oz. plus

1 teaspoon butter

2 oz. sugar

3 oz. flour

1 oz. cornflour

3 teaspoons water

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

2 oz. apricot jam

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 egg whites

4 oz. castor sugar

Preheat the oven to moderate 350°F (Gas Mark 4, 180°C).

Using the teaspoon of butter, grease two large baking sheets.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream the remaining butter with a wooden spoon until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift the flour and cornflour on to the butter mixture, and mix it in with a metal spoon. Mix in the water and the vanilla essence. Lightly knead the dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a circle ABOUT ½ inch thick.

Using a 1-inch pastry cutter, cut out circles of the dough and place them on the baking sheets. Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until the biscuits are a light golden brown.

While the biscuits are baking, prepare the meringue. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites with a wire whisk or rotary beater until they form stiff peaks. Add

1 tablespoon of the sugar and continue beating for

1 minute. Using a metal spoon, carefully fold in the remaining sugar.

Remove the biscuits from the oven and set them aside to cool slightly.

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the apricot jam and lemon juice. Place a small teaspoonful of the jam mixture in Two easy to make summer desserts, Iced Peaches and Iced Pineapple with Orange Syrup are delicious! the centre of each biscuit .

Place a ½ inch star nozzle in a large forcing bag and fill the bag with the meringue mixture. Pipe swirls of merin-gue on to the biscuits , covering them completely and pulling the last squeeze up into a point.

Return the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until the meringue is set and lightly browned.

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and -allow the icicles to cool slightly. Transfer the icicles to a wire rack and allow them to cool before serving.

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