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French in a Flash: Tricolore Berry Meringue Creams for Bastille Day
Today is Bastille Day, a veritable fête. On this day in 1789, brave French people stormed the Bastille prison, an uprising that contributed to the fall of the French monarchy and the establishment of the republic that France is today. It's a very proud day, hoisted up by the triumvirate of ideologies that is still so powerful in France: liberty, equality, and brotherhood, symbolized by the blue, white, and red of the French flag.
In the States, I always toast La France with an early evening pétanque game on the beach and a twilit grill or picnic. If I'm lucky enough to be in France—something worth celebrating on its own—it's down to the fireworks show.
This sweet, simple dessert is only appropriate in the heyday of summer and its sweet, plump berries, coinciding just perfectly with Le Quatorze. The white of the meringue (store bought, of course—this is French in a flash) and French vanilla whipped cream stand for egalité, the blueberries for liberté, and the raspberries and currants for fraternité. A fun, jaunty little tribute to Le Tricolore on this great summer holiday.
About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way.