Merle’s recipe a win­ner

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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