I decided to make this dessert to take to friends. For simplicity of transportation I decided to make one large one instead of several small ones.
And then the wheels started to fall off. Blanching pistachios is not nearly as easy or as satisfying as blanching almonds or broad beans. I remembered that I am not very good at making meringue. And then I realised that I don't have a wide enough serving plate for this sort of thing.
So I ended up squashing the bottom layer of meringue into a tart plate, covering it with the filling (I just did mascarpone and some mixed berries, combined into a sort of fool, rather than mixing cream into the mascarpone and decorating with strawberries) and then topped it with the second meringue disc, tucked in around the edges.
It really didn't look bad. And it tasted nice. But it just wasn't right and wasn't what I wanted it to be. Very irritating.