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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
An Australian Day

Australia Day is fast coming up, it's on this Saturday, the 26th in fact. Sam Kekovich, an ex Australian rules footballer, has been driving us mad with his spruiking of lamb, that quintessential Australian meat.

Some time ago I wrote a post asking what is Australian cuisine. Well I still don't know, but I'm going to cook an Australian dish this Saturday, one I've been thinking about for a while now. It occurred to me that a few of you might have some ideas about Aussie food and how it's developing as a style, with dishes, that to you, speak of Australia.

If you would like to join me, you would be very welcome. Just do a post that features an Australian dish, pop the name, An Australian Day somewhere in the post, link back here, and I will do a round up in about a weeks time. Hopefully you can do something on Australia Day, but don't fuss if you can't, we are extremely laconic around here. The dish doesn't have to feature a distinctly Australian food, but you must be able to show a context of sorts, again, we are very accepting of what that would constitute. Nor do you need to be Australian to enter, just show us what your idea of Australian food is, a well cooked shrimp on the barbie, Hogan style, for instance.

The dish I'm doing is absolutely Australian, but in my research, noted that some sneaky Americans have tried to claim it as their own, but on the 26th, it's coming home.
  posted at 11:22 am

At 6:19 pm, Blogger Ange said...

For Oz day first I'm going round to a mates for a barbie of snags & salad & then the posse will be heading accross the rd for an arvo of beach cricket, beers all day I'm sure, cant get more aussie than that I betcha :) Enjoy your cooking but for once I'll be letting someone else do the catering & hoping Chloe enjoys her 2nd try at the beach - first was not so successful. Happy Oz Day

At 7:25 am, Blogger katiez said...

I didn't know it was Australia Day! Shame on me...I sent recipes off to my subscribers in Oz without a clue. Can't wait to see your round-up - hope you have lots of participants... I need the help! (I give credit...)
And I'm always looking for new lamb recipes... We have great lamb in our little corner of France!

At 2:01 pm, Blogger stickyfingers said...

Hey Neil - Hope you had a nice long weekend. For Australia Day I posted about the two Aussie Food Icons I write about on my other blogs - Vanilla Slices & Meat Pies (for Piecon a new blog in collaboration with PG & Grocer).

As for typical Aussie foods that everyone has a recipe for - Spag Bog, Fly Lice, Minestrone, Greek Salad, roast meat, Green Curry, Butter Chicken, Garlic Prawns, Bruschetta, Dips, California Rolls, Rice paper rolls, cheesecake, Pavlova, stir fried noodles, mixed grill and fish and chips. With migrants from 200 odd countries, who could blame us for not having a national dish?


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