Kiwis cream the competition in pavlova recipe row
AN argument dating back generations between Australia and New Zealand over who invented the dessert pavlova appears to have been settled -- by the Oxford English Dictionary, writes Paul Chapman.
Both countries regard the sweet meringue-based, cream and fruit topped dish as their "national" dessert but the identity of its creator is a source of intense dispute. The only thing both sides agree on is that it was named in honour of Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured the region in the 1920s.
But citing a source for the word, the dictionary says the first recorded pavlova recipe appeared in New Zealand in 1927 in 'Davis Dainty Dishes', a publication by the Davis Gelatine Company. By contrast, the Australian claim centres on a recipe created by Bert Sachse, a chef at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth, Western Australia, as late as 1935. (© Daily Telegraph, London)