‘Meringues’ – a poem by my boy, aged 9 & 3/4

Big fluffy meringues made from sugar and eggs

Have you ever seen a white meringue,

With the sugar and the egg and the whole shebang?

Well I made a bunch with my dad one day

After watching Bake-Off in the month of May.

First we whisked the shiny egg-white,

Then we took a break to pop a can of Sprite.

Next came the sugar we put in the bowl,

We whisked it some more – stiff peaks were our goal.

After a while we spooned it out,

My arm was hurting – there was no doubt!

We put it in the oven to bake for a while,

After 3 hours or so, you could smell it for a mile!

We took them out, they looked so amazing,

My mouth was ready for some pastry grazing.

Overall it made me feel so happy.

Let’s make some more – and make it snappy!




The ‘Word of Wandsworth’ poetry competition asked children to submit a poem on what makes them feel happy, something particularly poignant given the backdrop of a global pandemic and living through a lockdown. Anyway, after a fun day making meringues – and then eating them! – this activity was very much on his mind when sitting down to work on his poem. And what’s more, it received a special commendation from the judges! Very proud!


Making meringues involves using a whisk to beat eggs into stiff peaks


  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    12th July 2020 / 9:41 am

    Oh Aaron, this is heartwarming and funny! I loved his bit about it being more snappy next time! 3 hours is too long a wait even for the grown up pastry grazes – let alone the younger ones! 🙂 so happy to hear how much your sons have been enjoying baking and cooking the last few months!

    • Aaron Vallance
      14th July 2020 / 7:55 pm

      Hello Daddy’s friend Shikha – thanks a lot, I’m really glad you like my poem. 🙂

      • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
        14th July 2020 / 8:18 pm

        Daddy’s friend Shikha’s husband says “rhyming meringue with shebang is inspired! Is he really 9? That’s amazing!” 😊

        • aaron
          24th September 2020 / 1:30 pm

          Aw, thank you! 🙂

  2. Marla Goldstone
    12th July 2020 / 3:35 pm

    Dearest Aaron – This is a delicious poem and my warmest congratulations on his receiving a commendation. The rhyming couplets are so inventive, especially “meringue” with “shebang” – beautifully creative. Stay well, healthy and safe. Much love to you all. Auntie Lala xx

    • Aaron Vallance
      21st July 2020 / 8:20 pm

      Dear Auntie Marla, really glad that you liked my poem. And the meringues were very delicious – I think you’d like them too. x

  3. 16th July 2020 / 3:40 pm

    Aaron I love mini you and his cooking! Meringue for an adult is hard so well done to your little man.. chef in the making

    • Aaron Vallance
      21st July 2020 / 8:27 pm

      Hello Daddy’s friend Neha, glad you liked the meringues! They were delicious. Although hard work too – my arm was so sore afterwards! I’m going to ask Daddy for an electric whisk next time.

  4. 21st July 2020 / 11:02 am

    What a fantastic poem – well done! All so beautifully expressed, just like his dad, and I loved the last line 🙂

    • Aaron Vallance
      21st July 2020 / 8:29 pm

      Hello Daddy’s friend Seetal, thank you so much. I’m really pleased you liked my poem. Especially the last line – I like that part too.

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