I had no idea what to expect when I started Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin. I hadn’t read a synopsis and just went in blind. Luckily for me, I found it was a really engaging book. It is what I would call “sci-fi lite”. The world Schweblin creates is almost like our own, but with one small change, there is a new toy craze sweeping the world called a kentuki. It’s basically a Furby but with a webcam that allows a complete stranger to see through it’s eyes. You can either be the “keeper” of the kentucki and have the toy live with you or a “dweller” who can watch what happens on the other end. The book is comprised of several different narrators and one-off vignettes that hop around the globe tracking the kentuki craze.
My favorite narrator in the book was a little boy from Antigua who was “dwelling” inside a kentuki in Sweden. All the little boy wanted was to touch snow. In honor of Marvin, I decided to make some Meringue Cookies. These light and fluffy little treats are as close to snow as I can get with an oven. And as a recent transplant to the northeast, I can say without a doubt that these meringue cookies are much easier to deal with than real snow.
- 2 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Beat egg whites until foamy.
Add cream of tartar and beat until fluffy.
Add the sugar gradually (about a tablespoon at a time) while still beating.
Add vanilla extract and continue to beat until meringue is shiny.
Drop by spoonful or pipe onto the baking sheet, leaving 1-inch space between each one.
Place baking sheet into the pre-heated oven and turn the oven off.
Leave cookies undisturbed in the oven for 2 hours.
Remove from the oven to cool.