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The Virgin Pav

During French Open Final last Sunday I decided that clay is my favourite tennis court surface. Sexy Legs Rog and the boy Nadal were just covered in red dust by the end of the match. This is the closest thing you get to Live Male Mud-Wrestling. All they need to do is strip off, tattoo the sponsor logos onto their biceps, hose down the court and away we go!

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There’s just so much sport going on at the moment I can barely breathe. Wimbledon is just around the corner. Then the Tour de France. And growling away in the background is the MotoGP season. It’s been pure heart-in-mouth excitement, especially compared to the plodding, poncy pile of shite that is Formula One.

But right now, much to my surprise, I’ve gone a bit World Cup Crazy. Consequently I have not done any writing this week. Or bathed regularly. I can’t wait for Australia v Brazil.

Tonight I made the meringue for my Very First Pavlova which I really hope turns out because I’ll be serving it up to the in-laws during the game. There’s always a debate about whether this dessert actually comes from New Zealand, but tomorrow we shall call it Aussie, even though the passionfruit was probably flown in from Brazil.

During tonight’s shambolic USA v Italy match they announced there will be a very special guest Australian commentator joining the ITV team tomorrow – SHANE WARNE. A leading football pundit, apparently.

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UPDATE: I reckon we did alright, eh? And the pav wasn’t too shabby either.

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25 thoughts on “The Virgin Pav

  1. ROFL! I was very disappointed upon finding Shane Warne’s blog that there was lack of sauciness and scandal, bugger!

    I’ll not say anything about the pav debate… *cough* ITS A NEW ZEALAND DESSERT *cough* – hahha, we’ll let you borrow it for a day, its not often that either country gets to the World Cup.

    GO AUSSIE!

  2. ooo i am looking forward to the aus v braz match… although it will be on at 2am aussie time. sbs has had some great doco’s on during the world cup… no not naughty ones… great grass roots docos on soccer icons.

    i have been trying to think of some tasty treat to eat in honour of the match… but so far i’ve only come up a scone served with dulce de luche… it just sounds wrong.

  3. Rrraw. The whole of Australia has gone world cup bunta right now. Its great to finally catch up with all the other continents of the world having a one whole month of fail-safe ice breaker conversation. “So did you catch the match against Japan?” Goodbye to uncomfortable pauses in unfamiliar social settings. Found your blog from Null device, really enjoy the tales from a wry aussie abroad.

  4. Will be thinking of you during the game. (Probably not actually but only ‘cos it will be 2.00am and my brain will not be working…..) Just what we needed down here, another Northern Hemisphere unmissable sporting event to bring on weeks of sleeplesness!

  5. Our house is a World Cup-free zone because our son is off visiting his girlfriend, but anyway, I’m more interested in pavlova. We here in Scotland always talk of it as an Australian dish. Had no idea that this was controversial… interesting. Hope it was successful.

  6. Warney.

    he can play cricket very well.

    Everything else he needs a hand with.

    I once saw him smoling a fag on the mobile phone while filling up his BMW at a service station in St.Kilda.

    He was being sponsored a million bucks to quit the fags by Nicorette or someone.

    As a bag of spanners.

  7. should read as “smoking a fag”, not smoling.

    I do not know what smoling is.

    sounds rude.

  8. Hi Shauna, the pav looks delicious. The Australian Women’s Weekly recipe library is great and has a good pav recipe, scroll down to the recipe search box at : http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/ As well as pavs there are 7000 + great recipes to choose from. Hmmm …… as well as recipes that site has everything, even Aussie farmers desperate for a wife – just look at Geoff C – wants a woman interested in horticulture and labradors…????
    Tracey from Melbourne

  9. Pavlova – yummy. To get it to rise more…

    Try to use 4 egg whites and lots of time when you are whipping them up. Add the sugar very slowly. Have everything perfectly clean and dry when mixing and an electric oven will give better results than a gas one.

    Who needs a reason – make another pav for the next Australia game!

  10. I think we did really really well (and that Brazil didn’t deserve that second goad). Can’t wait for the next game and to hopefully see us in the next round.

    Meanwhile, I still can’t believe that they wheeled in Warney! How embarrassing! Right down to his pink lip gloss! *cringe*

  11. Fingers crossed for the Australia Croatia match! We watched The Brazil match in Cologne, boy were we out numbered, Brazilian or not EVERYONE was supporting Brazil. They are just toooo cool.

    I love a pav, Nigella has a ripper choc pav recipe in Forever Summer. I know you’re a wee rebel but I have say presenting the strawberries cut side up left me a bit disturbed. Remind anyone of anything? No? it must just be me!

    Never stop blogging you’re fabulous

  12. Good grief! One sentence and you’ve opened my eyes. I always kind of enjoyed Formula One, but haven’t been watching any races in their entirety for some time.

    You’re right: it has become a bore hasn’t it? Used to be swell though. Maybe you could do a similar post about what could make F1 attractive again?

  13. oh claire, i wholeheartedly agree… and only realised halfway through decorating that it looked so very, very wrong!

    napfisk – hmmm… i’m not sure how it can be salvaged. it’s just not exciting when the only way the positions changes are 1) someone crashes 2) someone takes over someone in a pit stop… BORING! that’s why MotoGP can be so great… lots of RACING!

  14. Mmm… maybe the strawberry thing has something to do with you being in the Northern hemisphere. Had you been in Australia you might have put them the other way up. I want to say right side up but I don’t know if there is a right and a wrong side to a strawberry. Looks bloody good anyway, although I just nip down to Foodtown and buy a Cowells one. I always thought it was an Aussie thing too – until I came to N.Z. where they growled at me whenever I made that suggestion. I’d go with the Australian Woman’s Weekly recipe if I were you because everything they do is pretty much fail safe.

    Oh, and Shane Warne is a tool. A complete and utter tool. There’s my two penneth.

  15. Faboulous looking Pav – i am a fan of the kiwi fruit alternate ring, but rasberry is a nice tonal and textural addition. I admire the self control not to wash off the cream and start again. How to get height – no idea. I tried one using a ridiculously expensive pavlova egg (that I bought inlondon at the Aussie shop) and it never got anywhere – so I had to pop in to M&S to make individual ones for my inlaws when I lived there.

    Fab effort though and lets make sure that those croats dont stuff it up for us (sorry Croatian relatives of mine…)

  16. Ahhh, Formula 1. Very dull. They periodically talk about doing a parallel thang whereby all are in the same car and not a huge glizty one (level technological field) and it really is all down to the driver. But if the driver is Michael Schumacher you’ll still be disappointed. Did you know he was had his face electo-wotzized to remove his beard so he never has to shave?

    Nice Formula 1 fact: I come from the town where Jackie Stewart comes from: yea, I even went to the school which called him a fool and which has to hold a press conference every time he talks about his school days to say ‘we know about dyslexia these days, we swear’! BUT did you know his brother , Jimmy, was also a formula 1 guy? But didn’t make it quite to that extent? And did, perhaps still does, work as…. A MEALS ON WHEELS MAN?! Yeah! They interviewed him in the local rag and he pointed out that what with having to get the food to the elderly while it was still hot, his Le Mans training ensured that Mrs Miggins gets her mince and tatties ecoli-destroying toasty. Ace.

    Elderly of Scotland! Write to your local council and demand that your food be brought to you ONLY by former Formula 1 drivers, you know you are worth it…

  17. i had pavlova trauma this weekend too – made it for a birthday dinner for some Scottish friends, and it did exactly the same thing – went all wide and flattish. bastard! no idea what the problem is, but i’ve found about a million slightly different recipes (how is this possible with so few ingredients??) so i’ll just try different ones til it works i guess. and though i am half kiwi, i probably have to concede it is an aussie thing.

  18. heh heh you stick to your clay courts, I’ll have dibs on the lovely big rugby boys in the eeny shorts especially when it’s all rainy … *sigh*

  19. I whip the egg white really stiff, then whisk in half the sugar then fold in the rest gradually. But it must be stiff without being overbeaten, which makes it ooze, which is the tricky bit, because how do you know?
    If it is not stiff enough to hold its shape when you put it on the baking tray and won’t whip stiffer, pile it really high, then hope it doesn’t spread too much – you could have the oven a touch higher until the outside sets to make sure of that.
    It’ll always taste good anyway, and yours looks great.

  20. I whip the egg white really stiff, then whisk in half the sugar then fold in the rest gradually. But it must be stiff without being overbeaten, which makes it ooze, which is the tricky bit, because how do you know?
    If it is not stiff enough to hold its shape when you put it on the baking tray and won’t whip stiffer, pile it really high, then hope it doesn’t spread too much – you could have the oven a touch higher until the outside sets to make sure of that.
    It’ll always taste good anyway, and yours looks great.

  21. Ms Bint, you RULE.

    thanks for the pav tips, folks! i will definitely have to give it another go, once my arteries have recovered from the first attempt 🙂

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