2.0 has a routine when we go to visit his mummy, Jackie, by the ocean. As soon as we arrive, 2.0 runs to the washroom yelling, “why did you let me drink all that coffee before the drive?” Jackie shakes her head. 2.0 pillages Jackie’s refrigerator for snacks. 2.0 tells his mother that he is very hungry because I never feed him. 2.0 does some chores on the property, running back into the house on occasion to tell his mother about how he’s still hungry because I won’t let him eat breakfast. Or lunch. Or anything he likes, really. Jackie says that it must be horrible to live with me. He nods, and then runs away before I can punch him in the throat.
As mentioned previously, the recipes that I find at Jackie’s house are really just shopping lists. This is because in the days of yore, people didn’t need instructions. (They didn’t have reality tv back then, so people were smarter.) As I write the shopping lists down, I ask Jackie how she prepares them, and she gives me some notes on procedure. I always try to find out where the recipe concept came from originally. Jackie will say, oh, that was so-and-so from such-and-such a place. But she’ll use the actual names and stuff. So when I asked about this particular recipe, she told me it came from Aggie Donovan. For a long time, 2.0 and his family lived in Ingonish, which is in Cape Breton. That’s where they met Aggie. Aggie was 2.0’s grade 2 teacher, which means she would have had the pleasure of seeing 2.0 when he had bangs.
When I tested the recipe for these squares, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that 2.0 had always loved them, but he described them very vaguely. He failed to mention the meringue topping, so I’ll tell you about it right away: there’s a brown sugar meringue topping. He didn’t mention that the base of the square is thin and caky, and that the whole thing tastes light and airy – no one flavour dominates this tasty little ditty. 2.0 also failed to mention that these squares are so light and airy that you could probably eat the whole pan by yourself in under 15 minutes.
Of course, he also neglected to mention that he had bangs back in day, so…
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I no longer blog about food. But don’t fret!
You can find the recipe for these Blueberry Squares in this ebook: