They are absolutely fantastic - the above doesn't look like much but trust me - it turned out beautifully. Pavlova is a like a giant meringue - hard and crunchy on the outside but lovely and marshmallow like on the inside. I add food colouring to it just because that's how my husband always had it as a child. This one looks green but it's actually blue.
Tonight, we'll have it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream - ridiculously wonderful.
Here's the recipe (from my mother-in-law):
3 egg whites
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tbsp water
1 tsp food colouring (optional)
Place egg hites in bowl and whip until stiff with a pinch of salt and water. Slowly add sugar, vanilla, vinegar and cornflour (and colouring if you choose it). Whip still stiff.
Place in tray/tinfoil and cook at 300 degree F for 1 hour. Turn off oven and leave to cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.