Aussie food for thought!
Aussie Food – Sweets & Treats
Maria Rijkers – South Africans to Oz
While there are too many traditional Aussie sweet treats to mention, I will discuss a few of the more popular ones you might like to familiarise yourself with the moment you touch down in this mouth-watering country!
Cherry Ripe – This is Australia’s oldest chocolate bar and is still one of its best-sellers.
Cherry Ripe consists of coconut and cherries smothered in Cadbury’s Old Gold dark chocolate. Personally I’m not a fan but my bestie I travelled around Aus with many moons ago, absolutely loved them. Every time I visit SA I am sure to take her a stash!
Lamington – The lamington is often referred to as the “National Cake of Australia.” The National Trust of Queensland even named the lamington one of Australia’s favourite icons.
This square-shaped sponge cake is coated in a layer of chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. Found commonly throughout cafes as a perfect accompaniment to tea and coffee, it’s also often baked for fundraisers. Cheers!
Rocky Road – Now this dessert is not only found on the shores of Australia, but it is found very frequently and in many different forms. My personal favourite recipe includes glazed cherries, pecan nuts and lots of marshmallows!
Tim Tams – Arnott’s (which produces Tim Tams) say that around 35 million packs are sold each year. That’s 400 million biscuits at an average of 1.7 packs per Australian.
During my travelling days I soon learnt from fellow backpackers that the best way to eat them is the Tim Tam slam (or Tim Tam explosion): bite the diagonal corners off the Tim Tam and take a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Use the Tim Tam as a straw and suck the drink through the biscuit. Then before it gets too soggy, and falls into your drink, you eat the soft, gooey (warm!) chocolatey goodness in one big mouthful!. Mmmm.
Pavlova – The Aussies and the Kiwis are still in contention for the title as the “inventor’ of the Pavlova – a meringue cake base topped with whipped cream and fruit. Regardless of its origin, the pavlova is absolutely delicious, especially as a light summer dessert around Christmas time.
Other Aussie Food
Vegemite – So what is Vegemite? Vegemite is a dark brown paste made from various vegetables, yeast extract and spice additives. The most popular way to eat it is on bread or toast with butter. As it tastes very salty it goes well with avocado, melted cheese or tomato.
Meat Pie/Sausage Roll – if you’re out and about over lunch time or on a road trip somewhere, this is usually the on-the-go snack of choice as they are so widely available! In fact every service station across the country will have a warming oven with a wide selection from which to choose! Don’t forget the tomato sauce!!
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BBQ’s – Much like the South African braai, the biggest culinary hobby in Australia is the Aussie barbecue.
The ‘barbie’ is a way for Aussies to socialise with friends and family and is probably so popular because of the fantastic weather all year (well in most parts of the country anyway).
A typical Aussie barbecue is with sausages, burgers, steak, fresh seafood, bread and tomato or barbecue sauce.
Usually a salad or the very popular coleslaw salad will be on offer to accompany this Aussie food delicacy…and of course a few “stubbies” – that’s “dumpies” to the non-Australians.
Xmas – Some families stick to the traditional Christmas roast turkey lunch and dinner but many prefer the lighter option of seafood. Over the years, we have slowly started converting to this and really enjoy it!
Fairy bread – I have NO idea why this is such a hit amongst our little people but every time we attend a birthday party, this is the first plate to go!
All it comprises of is buttered fresh white bread smothered in hundreds and thousands!
The other popular choice would have to be cheese and vegemite scrolls which are these two ingredients rolled in pastry and baked until golden brown.
Anzac biscuits – ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps that fought together during WWI. ANZAC Day is a public holiday in Australia to celebrate the men that fought for the country.
The story goes that during the war, the wives baked these delicious ANZAC cookies to send off to their men at war. This Aussie food was cheap to make and could stay fresh throughout long boat journeys.
They are made with coconut, golden syrup and oats…tasting a bit like soft crunchies found in SA. Yum!
Anzac Biscuit Recipe
- 150g (1 cup) plain flour
- 90g (1 cup) rolled oats (see Notes)
- 85g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
- 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
- 55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Step 1 – Preheat oven to 160°C. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
- Step 2 – Combine flour, oats, coconut and combined sugar in a large bowl.
- Step 3 – Stir the butter, golden syrup and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Add to the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
- Step 4 – Roll level tablespoonfuls of the oat mixture into balls and place, about 5cm apart, on the prepared trays. Flatten until about 1cm thick.
- Step 5 – Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 15 minutes or until light golden.
- Step 6 – Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
OK they look ready for me to tuck in. Also better hide a few for later because when the kids see them they will be gone in a flash.