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we made a pavlova through the strange genius of the pavlova magic plastic egg thingy. i got to use the kenwood chef, which is a kickass mixer, and the resultant pavlova batter was absolutely beautiful. amazing how artificial stuff can look so, well, perfect (ok, ok, not really that amazing i know).

we watched fellowship of the ring on the huge plasma screen while the pav cooked. when it was done, we heaped a whole bunch of stuff on there.

sadly, however, although it looked amazing, it wasn’t quite how i like pavlova. i prefer the base to be quite chewy with a lot of shattery merengue, but this one was really sort of foamy in the middle. so, lesson is (which we already knew): artificial looks perfect, but made-from-scratch tastes a million times better.