I was conceived in England, born in South Africa, grew up in New Zealand and now live in Australia. My late maternal grandmother, Mrs E Win Brown lived in Cambridge, New Zealand. When my family emigrated from South Africa we settled in Hamilton which was less than 15 miles form Cambridge. Mum’s two brothers, Russell and Graeme (like their father [my maternal grandfather]) were sheep famers.
We would frequently visit Nana and Grandpa or my uncles and their respective families. We ate lots of mutton, hogget and lamb with hot vegetables fresh from the farms. The meat was quite fatty and there was no greater pleasure than to finish off a hearty meal with pavlova. My mother was a great cook and we would also delight in having home made pavlova in our house for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.
I have been married twice and both my wives have also made great ‘pavs’. My own children joke that if I were to marry again, my girlfriend would also have to pass the “pavlova test”.