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Pippa, of Debbie Johnson's Pippa's Cornish Dream, is doing the best she can. Her life drastically and cruelly changed a few years ago, leaving her running her parents' farm and looking after her four siblings all by herself. It has not been easy. And Pippa certainly hasn't had much time to herself. Until, that is, the social life comes right to the farm in the form of Ben – a man who is escaping his own past and its repercussions.
Pippa has the children to look after: feed, clothe, take to school, teeth brushing and, in the case of her eldest brother, bailing out of trouble. She has the upkeep of the holiday cottages, too, including the mucky jobs like the plumbing of the toilets. Then there's the animals including a cow and pigs; they all need feeding and cleaning out. Life has been busy. Full on. And, quite simply, tough. And when it gets too tough, when Pippa needs some space whilst the children are at school, she takes time out. She turns to her special place – a deserted beach. It's place that holds happy memories. Of sausages cooked on a camp stove, of ghost stories, a VW camper van. And marshmallows cooked on sticks. At least, they would be cooked on sticks if the dog hasn't eaten them first.
So it seems fitting – without giving too much away and choosing my words very carefully – that marshmallows feature on that beach again as Pippa's life begins to change once more.
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The trick to roasting marshmallows on an open fire is not to do it directly over a flame. This, I've found, just blackens and burns them. So build your fire up, wait until it has died down a little so you have glowing areas, which will caramelise your marshmallow without setting it on fire.
A fire. Wooden or metal skewers.
- Place marshmallow on stick.
- Hold above the heat of the fire (not in the flame).
- Allow to caramelise.
- Remove from fire.
- Allow to cool.