"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
2 egg whites 5 tbsp. water 1 tsp. white syrup 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
Combine egg whites, brown sugar, water and syrup in top of double boiler and mix thoroughly. Place over rapidly boiling water and beat constantly with rotary egg beater until mixture holds up in peaks (about 7 minutes). Remove from heat, add vanilla and beat until cool and thick enough to spread. Enough to cover top and sides of 2 layer cake.
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