The egg whites glistened in the bowl.
The whisk thrashed air and sugar through the mix, turning the clear liquid into a silky white foam.
Heat made it hard on the outside and soft in the middle.
Whipped cream, passion fruit, and banana made it Pavlova.
The transformation was complete.
Why contentious? Get an Australian and a New Zealander in a room and ask them — both will claim the Pavlova was invented in their country.
Food writer, TV personality, and all-round food celebrity Matt Preston wrote,
Sure, Australian chef Bert Sachse, from Perth’s Esplanade Hotel, might have made this baked meringue dessert famous in 1935 as a homage to ballerina Anna Pavlova (who, some six years earlier, had stayed at the hotel on her second Australian tour in 1929). The trouble, however, is that the same meringue homages to the Russian prima ballerina had already appeared in New Zealand in 1929. …
I wasn’t sure she liked me until she leaned across the table and smirked,
Don’t order the ‘special’ here!
I looked at her, then the waiter,
I’ll have the special.
She swallowed nervously. He returned to the kitchen.
I heard a muffled voice through the door,
“Cookie, prepare the harness?”
Copyright © Damian Clarke 2020.
On Medium, Damian Clarke writes for The Bad Influence and An Idea, 97 Things I Learned as a Stay-at-Home Dad and Our Albion. In the outside world, he writes for The Fifth Estate, The Green List, various other publications from time-to-time, and a range of corporate clients.
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