Monday, November 24, 2014

Traditional Pavlova

On Instagram, and maybe on another occasion or two, Tim has referred to my birthday Pavlova as not being traditional.

I wondered what he meant by that, so I asked him. He said traditional Pavlova has Kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries. I had never heard of such a thing. I thought Pavlova was just supposed to have fruit.

Lord Wiki seems to agree with me. He says traditional Pavlova has soft fresh fruit. He gives the examples of kiwi, strawberries, and passionfruit.

All this being said, Tim's right about his Pavlova not being traditional. The fruit wasn't fresh fruit. He made a strawberry sauce, and the cherries came from a jar.  Then we had chocolate, which I guess isn't very traditional. And he added candy pecans. I don't think I've heard of nuts on a Pavlova.

I'm glad Tim's Pavlova wasn't traditional, though, because I really wasn't in the mood for fresh fruit. That make me sound very unhealthy. But it's okay. Usually, I do like it.

This website has a recipe that fits Tim's ideal for the traditional Aussie Pavlova.  But the same site has a recipe for another traditional Pavlova and it has passionfruit and bananas.

I just found a recipe with pecans, so Tim's not the first to go nuts with his Pavlova. Though this one isn't Aussie. It's from the BBC.   And here's another British one. Sticky Toffee Pavlova.  The past few weeks, I've felt like my heart is trying to choose between the UK and Australia.  At this moment, the UK is definitely ahead...way ahead.

For those of you who eat Pavlova, here are some questions. 1. Do you like to stick with fresh fruit? 2. What are your favorite Pavlova toppings? 3. Have you ever had Pavlova with a very unusual topping?