Merle’s recipe a winner
A few months ago, Merle Duncan of Yarrawonga received a thank you card in response to an award winning cake she made in 1995!
The original macadamia and prune sour cream cake won Merle Australia’s Dairy Farmers 1995 Top Cook. Her recipe won the Victorian best creative dish out of 1200 entries using dairy farmers ingredients.
Merle’s win followed a comprehensive tasting by a judging panel of leading food experts before an audience of home cooks in Melbourne.
But 23 years on, she received a thank you card for her recipe from Peta (no surname, no specific address) of Boulder, WA who read, in a national magazine in 1996, about Merle’s achievement.
In impeccable style handwriting, the card incudes the words: “Over the years I have made this cake to share with family, friends and work colleagues. Every time this cake is met with pure delight. I’m always asked for the recipe, which I share saying, ‘This is Merle’s recipe. Merle is from Yarrawonga.”
In attempts to locate Peta, Merle has telephoned various business people in or near Boul- der and had a classified advertisement in the Kalgoorlie Miner. But it has been to no avail.
“I still want to find her,” Merle told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “This card is such a lovely card, after all this time. You would think there wouldn’t be many Petas around, would you?”
The modest super cook was encouraged to enter the 1995 competition by her husband John when they lived in Wangaratta. The Yarrawonga resident since 2001 was shocked to win.
“I had no speech prepared,” the now keen golfer Merle said. “But I would really love to meet Peta to thank her for her card and have a chat with her.”
Merle Duncan… trying to track down Peta, of Boulder WA.