1. Made a pavlova for the first time.
2. Made dumplings for the first time.
3. Made a roman blind for the first time.
Conclusion: all three very good both in terms of fun had and end results.
Photographic evidence of the pavolva:
My meringue ended up like one large slab, but because I whipped the cream well and mixed a small pot of custard in with it, it stayed on top nicely.
Whisk 4 medium egg whites until firm.
Add 200g caster sugar bit by bit.
Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Bake for 1 hour at 140 degrees.
Turn the oven off and leave it in there until cool.
Add the topping just before serving: 300ml double cream, whipped until thick then mixed with a small pot of custard, and topped with fruit.