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

When the heat is on, the caftan comes into its own. Long flowing robes are a practical way to keep cool and shaded from the sun. However, this summer designers including Turkish-born Rifat Ozbek have adapted the caftan, turning it into a floral print dress or a loose-fitting linen tunic that would look as much at home in Camber Sands or Brighton as here in the Canaries mini-Sahara of Fuerteventura

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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French driver killed in Sahara minefield

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Sweltering summer boosts Walls

Soaring ice cream sales, boosted by the hot summer weather helped Walls ice cream to improved profits in the UK last year, according to its parent company, Unilever.During an eight week period in the sweltering July and August, the company sold 20 million ice creams every week. In July the company sold 100 million ice creams, a 10 per cent increase on last year. In August sales were double 1994 levels. Walls' Gloucester factory operated 24 hours a day, six days a week and had to recruit 200 temporary staff to cope with demand.

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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ture, condensed here into a set of songs written by or associated with the man he considers one of the very few decent Americans.

Where in the world does your money go?

You can pitch a tent for under £100; a private island will cost just a little more. Jill Crawshaw on this year's holiday offers

LETTER:Tough cookies

From Mr William Johnson

And we would like you to forget the custard, too

Rhubarb is now regarded as a sophisticated and versatile addition to any menu, says Annie Bell

BOOK: Poetry that's needed - like dessert

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