The story goes that a Wellington chef created and named the Pavlova dessert in honour of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881‒1931) who toured New Zealand in 1926.

The right to claim the dessert as being created first in New Zealand or Australia has raged for many years. The Aussies concede the Kiwis named it Pavlova, but that they created it.

Recent research, however, indicates the dessert was created in Europe in the 1800s, and travelled to America with German immigrants, and with the development of the crank eggbeater, recipes involving meringues flourished.

It was easy to see how a chef

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