It is well known that Kiwis and Aussies have a rich history of gentle ribbing. For decades, we have argued over who invented the pavlova.
The answer, we thought, came in 2008 when Professor Helen Leach wrote The Pavlova Story: A Slice of New Zealand’s Culinary History, saying the first true pavlova recipe was Pavlova Cake from New Zealand in 1929. While a dessert named after the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was a four-layered jelly from a book published in 1926.
However, Dr Andrew Paul Wood, a New Zealander, and Annabelle Utrecht, an Australian, have been tracing the origins of the dish for two years. They can “categorically state” the modern pavlova began life as a German torte, eventually travelling to the US where it evolved into its final form.
They have found more than 150 pavlova-like meringue cakes served with cream and fruit prior to 1926. They have also found more than 50 dishes named after Pavlova occurring before 1927. Continue reading
The secret is in the slap. By occasionally slapping the dough down onto the table, the gluten relaxes, making it easier to roll out without springing back. That and generously dusting the dough as you go. Continue reading
I almost loathe to give away just how simple these are as they really do look as though you’ve toiled away n the kitchen when truth be told you can wow your guests with around 15 mins work! Continue reading
This is the yummiest meatloaf around, so moist and full of flavour. My mum use to make it when we were kids, she still does and my kids love it just as much as I do. Great hot or cold (if you can leave it long enough to go cold) The only meatloaf recipe very kiwi should have. Continue reading
Use full sugar Red Coke. The diet stuff doesn’t have the necessary sugar to reduce down to a yummy sticky gooey sauce. I like to use wings but any cut of chicken will do. The long slow cooking is the secret to great chicken. Continue reading
I love, love, LOVE cinnamon rolls. They are absolutely one of my favourite things to make at home. Name one thing that smells and tastes better than a warm cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven, slathered with melty gooey cream cheese frosting. I don’t think there’s anything in existence that sounds better than that! Continue reading