Re: Pavlova so much more than dessert to Aussies, Dec. 7.
Australian correspondent Michael Madigan misleads by omission in suggesting the fabulous Pavlova meringue cake was conjured up in Australia sometime in the 1930s.
The Pavlova, named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, has been claimed by Australia and New Zealand as a national dessert. But it is a New Zealand creation, not Australian.
Recipes for the delectable meringue cake appeared in New Zealand cookbooks in the 1920s. It was first served to Pavlova in Wellington, during her 1926 world tour, and renamed in her honour. The dessert soon became a symbol of national pride, especially after the Australians began to claim it as their own.
But there is one point on which Kiwis and Aussies agree: The incomparable Pavlova is truly a symbol of summer. There is nothing more divine than a pav, topped with freshly whipped cream and delicious summer fruit.