Kiwi's generally don't have roast Turkey at Christmas time (though there are a few along with some ex pats that desperately cling to the tradition and slave over hot stoves etc etc). The favourite dish is cold chicken or roast ham. And with the absence of snow and rain (ahh poor me) and lot's of lovely sunshine (oh well, someone has to put up with it) it's a good move. But I really couldn't get what was going on with the Kiwi obsession with the 'Christmas Pavlova'? Why would you decorate a circular block of stuff with the consistency of polystyrene and decorate it with perfectly good fruit and whipped cream that would surely just fly off in all directions and end up like a crunchy mush (not a fan of Eaton Mess) when you tried to cut it?? Well, turns out it works quite well. The middle doesn't go hard like the meringue in the UK and it's like eating a slice of sugary cake (mmmmmm) really light, although not light on calories. This is my sister's first attempt at the Kiwi Christmas Pavlova and it looks pretty good (and tasted even better).