Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A famous Antipodean dessert

I have been having trouble getting motivated to blog because of my cold which turned into bronchitis - or something similar - so I went to the doctor.

He almost never examines me but while I was in his surgery I barked like a seal and flapped my flippers a few times and this motivated him to produce his stethoscope - brush the moths off it – and apply it to my chest.

He was sufficiently impressed by my wheeziness to write a rezept and I have been taking some drugs which are now making me better.

I said that Cate would not have to go away again this year unless there was a Goat Thing.

Well of course there has been one so it looks like she will be leaving this weekend and will be going away for a week to a very hot place far away.

In the meantime she has invited her Vienna team for dinner at our place  - to be catered for by Chef Badger on 21 December.

I did this last year and I was quite happy with the menu and the outcome in terms of food and wine. Some other issues intruded on the evening but they were nothing to do with my department.

This year Gwenyth will be here – acclimatising for our trip to Norway – so we will be doing the dinner party together. She is planning on making a Pavlova which is a famous Antipodean dessert – which has probably not previously passed the lips of any of our expected guests.

I will be interested to see what they think of this amazing concoction. It will certainly be a challenge for Gwenyth and I to find all the appropriate ingredients.


  1. You know I've never had pavlova. I would love to try one some time. You'll have to share your menu with us.

  2. Yum. I've had it. I think I'll try to make it tomorrow.


  3. And trifle?
    Christmas isn't christmas without trifle.

  4. ack, sorry you've been sick, and glad the meds are making you feel better. nothing like some good meds!! : )

    the dinner sounds quite interesting. i second the menu request! heh

  5. So is the Pavlova dessert Australian or New Zealandish in origin? What is your opinion?

  6. Oh, I forgot to add 'glad you are feeling better'. I seemed to have got better without going to the doctor, so I think I had a simple old.

  7. Mmmm, yum. Wish I had a chef Badger and his offsider to make a Pav for moi!
    I wouldn't have thought life to be too rustic over there to find eggs, sugar, vinegar, cornstarch, cream and fruit!? ;o)
    But then of course I've never been that far afield.
    Enjoy your dinner esp dessert!
    Glad to hear you're on the mend though.

  8. Just did a search on this dessert, seems there is a huge fight over who it actually belongs to. And what in the hell is corn flour?

  9. Wanderlust: I will watch Gwenyth make it and take notes.

    loonysuse: Perhaps you should send me your notes

    freefalling: I have never done that - but I can try!

    carmar76: Ta. I will provide a menu.

    esbboston: I was brought up to believe that it was Australian - but we will never know.

    esbboston: Knowing you - you probably cured yourself.

    Pam: Ah well its things like passionfruit that are the problem - never sighted one here.

    fmcgmccllc: Well I always assumed it was flour made from corn. Thats what wikipedia says. Why you actually use it is beyond me.

  10. I didn't know the word Antipodean, so I discovered that it means "Australia and New Zealand". The antipode means the opposite side of the earth, in this case from Greenwich England. So then I realized that the color green has an opposite color on a color wheel, its complement, which is red. So rather than naming the countries collectively the Antipodes, they could have gone with 'Redwich'. Think how confusing that would be at a formal dinner party, you could introduce yourself as, "Hi, I'm Badger, I'm a Redwich" which would of course be interpretted in the mind of the receiver as 'Red Witch'. Fun with color wheels!

  11. I was going to say that Pavlpva was invented by Thomas Jefferson's cook but that was Baked Alaska - same general idea

    Hope you get better soon

  12. When I was a kid growing up in a quaint Danish village/tourist trap in California, I used to buy little meringues at the various bakeries. I've never had a pavlova though. Please share your recipe--I'd love to make one for our Christmas dessert!

  13. esbboston: I like Redwich!

    white rabbit: Better already

    SK Waller: I will post the recipe.

  14. I'd gladly send you a small can of it over! Surely that would get through customs, yes? :))

  15. Passion fruit does come in a can. A bit overly sweet to my taste though.
    I am today going to make a pavlova for my daughter's birthday. However, I intend to cheat although to my surprise I initially thought about making it from scratch. (I hate that word associated with cooking, sounds like some itchy chef is making the food). I'll tell Pam to send you a can of passion.

  16. My pav will be made without passion fruit too because I'm just back from my local supermarket where they are for sale at a mere $2.19 EACH!

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