AUSSIE FAVOURITES THAT MAKE FOR GREAT CAMPING MEALS
Often I am asked about what is Australian food and after years of struggling through the answer I like to think that I now have a good explanation of what meals we have that are truly ours, what we’ve borrowed and modified and what we have simply copied but love so much we see it as something tied in with our traditions.
So if you’re looking to have a party with Australian only dishes, if you’re overseas and missing something from home or if you need to make something to share with your class/colleagues to show your culture then this list is for you.
VEGEMITE ON TOAST OR CRACKERS
While often used to make fun of foreigners by telling them ‘it’s just like Nutella’ and shoving a spoonful into their face, this is something you really should spread onto buttered toast or a cracker and then add some other ingredients such as sliced cheese, tomato and avocado so that the newcomer can appreciate it and come to love it like we do.
TIM TAM SLAM
Tim Tam biscuits eaten as is are great, used as a straw to drink hot chocolate, tea or coffee and then eating it melted is mind-blowing. Carefully bite two diagonally opposing corners and then position the biscuit just a little bit in your drink and slurp it through. Quickly eat your biscuit before it melts and drops into your drink or on the floor.
Puff pastry wrapped around a sausage filling and dipped in tomato sauce, this is a great party snack if you make it finger food sized or a full meal if you have a long one.
This biscuit made from oats, coconut, syrup among other things can be crunchy or chewy and can be seriously addictive, before and after cooking them. I’ve yet to meet someone who could say no to a second one.
A favourite for kids parties but why stop there when we all love it. Buttered bread with sprinkles on top, this one is a no-brainer and can be a great back up plan when all the other food has run out.
Crumbed chicken breast covered in tomato and herb parmigiana sauce, ham and shredded cheese there’s no wonder that this is a go-to item for a lot of people at the pub. Cooking it yourself could prove tricky the first time, be sure that you cook your chicken alone until almost done and then add the toppings.
FISH AND CHIPS
Everyone’s heard of fish and chips, but we mustn’t forget the extra things we all love to order as well of potato cakes, Chiko rolls, steamed and fried dim sims.
Sounds strange but you’ve got to try it, a meat patty topped with fried egg, sliced beetroot and pineapple as well as the regular burger ingredients of lettuce, tomato, cheese and buns.
Extra mains that we love are the meat pie, the Sunday roast, spagbog (Spaghetti Bolognese), grilled kangaroo and Barramundi.
Sponge cake topped in a chocolate sauce and sprinkled with coconut this is a delicious sweet that with or without jam is so tasty.
Another one that can be crunchy or chewy depending on your taste, this meringue cake with whipped cream and decorated with various coloured fruits is a winner at any party any time of year.
Do you have other favourite Australian foods you’d like to add to the list? Share your ideas in the comments below.