Letter: Sweet note

Michael Bateman's "New Zealand" national pudding, pavlova, is anything but ("The first fruits of Kiwi cuisine", Review, 30 June). Not only is kiwi fruit not "de rigueur as topping for pavlova" but this alien fruit hadn't been heard of when pavlova was invented. What is de rigueur for pavlova is passion-fruit pulp, which cuts through the sweetness of this confection. A confection which is a stranger to the ice-cream sandwiched between slabs of meringue illustrated. The true pavlova starts with a meringue case filled (not topped) with soft fruits, topped with cream and the passion fruit pulp.

UNDER THE SUN

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Huge dinosaur carnivore found

Scientists have discovered the skull of what may have been the world's biggest meat-eating dinosaur. Dating from 90 million years ago, the massive reptile, the discovery of which is revealed in the current issue of the American magazine Science, would have measured about 45ft from the head to tail - 4ft longer than Tyrannosaurus rex.

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sticky moments for the pudding club

THERE IS only one cardinal rule of dinner parties and that is Always Serve Pudding. I learnt this the hard way, back in the days when I was making my first essays in the genre. We had been to a rather grand affair: good food, fine wines, large house in swanky neighbourhood. We knew it was swanky because when we drove up it was dark - in London, where darkness never falls and a kebab shop is only ever 500 yards away! They had lawns, a pond, a house ringed with venerable oaks. Yup, this friend had certainly fallen on her feet.

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