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Friday, 27 December 2013


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a few comments - it's Aussie not Ozzie. kangaroos are common, like deer here in the US, but if i a correct is not eaten as much as deer is here. a kangaroo is on the the australian coat of arms.
Pavlova is heaven, especiallly topped with passionfruit,kiwi and mandarin slices. to make it properly you need extra heavy cream (from King Island in Bass Strait); this type of heavy cream is, as far as I know, not available here in the US.

Steve, from Aus, but now living in Madison.

As in the traditional Scottish joke:

"Is that a pavlova or a meringue?"

"Naw, yer quite right: it's a pavlova."

All the best for 2014!

I thought I might add my two pesos for the approaching New Year. To bring you up on my ability to predict photographic trends, I present the following past predictions I made (which were unerringly accurate):
“No one will ever invent auto-focus.” (One of my most accurate prognostications)
“Digital will never replace film.” (Kodak consulted me on this)
“No one will manufacture an ink jet printer capable of photographic quality.”
Rather than bore you with the details of my unerring predictions, I want to wish you a great 2014 (which I also predicted would never arrive) and a prosperous New Year. Thank you so much for TOP. I read it every day (when you aren’t taking unnecessary time off).
(BTW…phones will never have the quality of cameras for serious work.)

If you like Pavlova you'll love Eton Mess

Oh, but there is an app for misplaced cameras. Well, you need more than an app, but there is a solution. It's called

Seems like my HTML was bad in my first attempt to post this reply.

The doohickey is called Tile: http://www.thetileapp.com/

(I'm in no way associated with tie and this is not an attempt at buzz marketing. Just an attempt at a friendly suggestion of a thing I haven't tried but find to be clever.)


A quick Australian eating guide: Pavlova (we typical just say "Pav") is commonly eaten, Kangaroo is rarely eaten and seems mostly to be a restaurant meal.



Kangaroo, the eating of it, is still fairly "exotic" here in Australia. Still struggles to make the jump from pet food. Pavlovas are very popular. New Zealand claims to have invented it, but we just ignore them.

When visiting both Australia and New Zealand last year, I managed to find a Pavlova at any of the restaurants I visited only in New Zealand... so as far as I'm concerned, it's clearly a Kiwi dish.

What a great idea! We are in Hobart (Tasmania) this year, had a crayfish salad and home glazed ham for Christmas dinner - you also need to add an old favourite, a Barossa Valley sparkling shiraz. Let me know if you need buying advice. :-)

Best wishes for the New Year as well.

If only you'd had the cricket on the telly (Australia vs England aka The Ashes) and a bushfire nearby, you'd have a full Aussie Christmas. Top it off with a family 'blue' (a row) and you'd be even more ridgy-didge (meaning real). Merry Xmas, Mike, and thanks for another stimulating year of posts. Onyer, as we say down 'ere - short for goodonyer.

A bit of 'roo is quite a nice treat, usedto eat quite a bit, but now very rarely as I don't eat a lot of red meat. The tail is the best bit, makes a nice casserole if cooked slowly. Roo is not farmed, well not here in Western Australia, and so most of what is shot is passed not fit for human consumption as they are prone to parasites and liver fluke so it used aspet food. My dog loves it.

The Pav, well the Kiwis always try to claim it as their own but the reality is if they'd of invented it it would not be named after the dancer but one of the All Blacks, thenational rugby team.

This is the first year we've not eaten crayfish at Christmas, it was just too expensive at $30 AUD for a tiddler. Most of them go to the lucrative Asian markets where they can get $60-100 AUD each for them wholesale. The catches have been pretty low over the last few years with many in the industry saying that it has been over fished..

I believe to Kiwi's Australia is Oz so they call them Ozzie's

A nice surprise to see a something po Polsku in this article. I try to keep the wigilia tradition going in my family - I'm the cook, as no one else has that memory. Our tree has one ornament that reads "Wesołych Świąt" - we capture on video the kids, and now grandkids as well, doing their best to say it.

A Happy New Year to you. (The Polish is a mouthful - I won't even try)

*Be a bit careful, though, because they sell your name and address.

Yes! After that terrible Indonesian tsunami in 2004 that killed over two hundred thousand people, I felt moved to make a contribution. I did some research and chose a relief agency that seemed non-political and got good marks on the low-%-for-admin scale and mailed a check.

My PO box was immediately inundated with it's own tsunami of requests for donations from over two dozen organizations that lasted well over a year, and even today I still get things from a few of them.

Lesson learned. I now make donations only through my church's national relief organization, which I did recently for the Philippines.

Yeah, the Pav is a controversial one, but it was apparently invented by a chef for a visiting Russian dignitary. Hmmm, does that make it Russian, then? Agree on the kangaroo comment by Peter G - small following (among consumers) and with Mike - very strong taste and bloody difficult to cook well (due to low fat content).

The first recorded Pavlova was created in New Zealand:


The best topping for Pavlova is Kiwifruit also popular in Australia.

But…no after lunch game of backyard cricket? Sorry Mike and family, you're out for a duck.

Season's greetings.

To really make that Pavlova sing try adding slightly roasted nectarines and pistachio's on top and if you like to go a little Italian add some vanilla and PannaCotta. You won't be disappointed

If you lived in Sydney, you would call it a lobster not a crayfish.

Mike, Happy Seasonal Greetings and glad to hear you had a good Christmas. If you ever come to the UK you are welcome to stay at my place, bring ALL your cameras for discussion etc and on departure I really hope you do not have an aphasia attack - please. lol

Hi Mike,

In a similar vein we had a New Zealand Christmas dinner in Hamburg. Pineapple on cheese on toothpicks as an entree, grilled (i.e barbecued) lamb and ... pavlova.

As per this link


the Oxford English Dictionary has declared pavlova to be 'ours', i.e NZ's.

We might just let the Aussies have Phar Lap in return. Or not.

Funnily enough we had the pavlova debate after our xmas pavlova this year. Of course it was invented in Australia proper but it is hard to prove. The best google offers is the earliest known recipe in an Australian book. And yes they are great! Although not something you'd ever find in an Australian restaurant, they probably aren't fashionable enough. BTW very few Australians I know would eat kangaroo ever ;)

Kangaroo is free range, ethically harvested and very low in fat. It's a bit gamey, like strong venison, and needs to be cooked very rare or else long and slow. I cook "Coat of Arms" stew for any overseas visitors we get (I'm in Adelaide). It's a ragu of kangaroo and emu, with wattle seed dumplings. Try doing that in Britain! You might be able to get a big cat somewhere, but a unicorn - no way!

Australia's coat of arms has a kangaroo and emu holding up each side of a shield, with a sprig of wattle (Acacia) behind.

As a 6th gen Aussie, we never eat kangaroo. I don't know anyone who does. It's a bit like like an American chowing down on bald eagle. :)

As for pumpkin soup, it's never eaten at Christmas. Most Aussies cannot afford lobster (crays) but as for medium king prawns, now you're talking. We had 5-6 kgs for lunch last Wednesday.

As for pavlova, the Kiwis would steal the harbour bridge if they could. It's Aussie through and through. And yes, it is best with Chinese gooseberries, the real name for "kiwi fruit". Having said that, there are some good things to come out of NZ. Air New Zealand, and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. (Love baiting the Kiwis :))

Happy new year!

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