5 Feb 2015

Hands off NZ's sweet treats

7:18 pm on 5 February 2015

It's enough to make you want to reach for the mixing bowl and use it as a weapon.

pavlova

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Our culinary delights have been appropriated (yet again) and handed to Australia on a plate, this time by the internet giant Buzzfeed.

In a quiz published on the site, titled "How Many of These Australian Foods Have You Tried?", there are 33 options. Some the Aussies can keep: kangaroo steak, the chiko roll and iced vovo? Yes, vovo. But the pavlova and lamington? And the burger with beetroot!

The Oxford Dictionary settled the pavlova dispute in 2010 when it said the first recorded recipe appeared in New Zealand in 1927. It was in a book called Davis Dainty Dishes, published by the company behind Davis Gelatine.

At the time, Dr Helen Leach, a University of Otago lecturer, told the Daily Telegraph that she had found at least 21 pavlova recipes in New Zealand cookbooks by 1940, which was the year the first Australian ones appeared.

And, last year, The Guardian reported new proof had emerged of the lamington's origin in Aotearoa.

"Fresh analysis of a collection of 19th-century watercolours by the New Zealand landscape artist JR Smythe, shows that in one portrait, 'Summer Pantry', dated 1888, a partially eaten lamington cake (originally known as the Wellington) is clearly visible on the counter," it reported.

Prior to this find, the first known mention of the lamington was a recipe published in a Queensland newspaper in 1902.

And the beetroot? Well, that is as Kiwi as it gets.