It is quite amazing how the same situation can be experienced in two completely different ways. About 4 years ago I went in to our local Foschini department store, which is nationwide, to purchase some perfume. They were selling off all their stock of Cacharel perfume and as this is the only brand I wear, I bought all the bottles that they had. It was only when I got home and unpacked the 5 bottles did I realize that I should have asked them for the tester bottle, which was quite full, as it would no longer serve any purpose. Last month, before we left for overseas I went to a local department store, Friedman and Cohen, to price perfume. They had one bottle left of the Tentation and it worked out to €40 for 100mls. In France, this same bottle cost €80! Last time I bought perfume in France it was way cheaper than what I could get at home, and it came with lovely gifts and a bag full of samples that I am still using when we travel. However, at double the price I was not going to splurge out. I happened to be at Friedman and Cohen for something else this past week, and they still had the one bottle left. Not wanting to lose out on a bargain, I bought it. And, the lovely sales lady gave me the tester bottle (which I had not even seen), without me saying a word! The bottle is nearly full and so I doubt I will have to purchase perfume again in a hurry as my old bottle is still about half full. I was so impressed with the service and from now on, all my perfume will be purchased at this store.
Another thing which impressed me was the Swiss Meringue I made with fructose. Meringues themselves do not work with fructose, but Swiss meringue which is prepared in a different manner worked perfectly, and I was able to indulge in these amazing grapefruit curd tarts.
- 2 egg whites
- 85 g castor sugar - I used fructose
- Put the eggs whites into the bowl of your stand mixer
- Place this bowl over a bain-marie
- Whisk by hand until the sugar has completely dissolved
- Remove from the heat and using the balloon whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat for 2 minutes on the lowest speed
- Increase to a medium speed and continue beating for 4 minutes
- Use to top a lemon meringue pie, key lime pie etc.
- Place under the grill for 2 minutes to scorch or use a blow torch if you have one
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