Today’s blog is about food, specifically a few things we’ve discovered about Australia and its food. One of the things that made our transition from living in the USA to living in AU a bit easier was that the food generally looked like the food we ate at home. There are some things that we’ve come to like as well as some interesting differences.
I’ve written about eating meat pies several times and will probably eat them for dinner tonight since we are going to the footy game and that is standard fare at the games, although there are other things available. Meat pies are classic Aussie food and we tried to make sure that all of our visitors tried them.
It is no secret that we are cookie eaters and we sampled a nice variety in the first weeks we were here. In Australia, cookies are called biscuits, not cookies. I’m not sure what they would call a good buttermilk biscuit. TimTams, Anzac and macaroons are 3 fairly common and popular cookie-types that we discovered we enjoy. TimTams are widely advertised and are sold in all the big grocery stores. They consist of 2 wafer-type cookies with cream filling in between and the whole thing is covered with chocolate fudge. They come in 5 or 6 varieties such as original, mint, vanilla/chocolate, white chocolate, but Jim’s favorite is the dark chocolate variety. They were also very popular with our guests, so much so that we had to buy a 12-pack when certain guests were here!! No names will be mentioned to protect the cookie monsters!
Anzac cookies are an oatmeal-type cookie with a bit of coconut in them and they have an interesting historical background. ANZAC stands for Australia-New Zealand Army Corps, which served in WWI and these cookies were popular to send to the soldiers because there were no eggs in them, making for a longer shelf-life. They are also a pretty sturdy cookie and stood up to being shipped overseas. An interesting ingredient in the Anzac cookie is Golden Syrup, which is made from either sugar cane or sugar beets. It is honey-colored and of the same consistency of honey. Every bakery has their version of Anzac cookies and we like trying the different interpretations of the classic biscuit.
The third popular cookie is the macaroon. This is not a coconut macaroon, but rather small round cookies made from meringue and 2 of these cookies are glued together with a creamy filling. These come in many different flavors and are about 1 inch in diameter. The bakery where I purchased these bite-sized treats had 16 flavors from which to choose!
So there is your Aussie biscuit lesson. Now onto ketchup. Ketchup is called Tomaaaahto Sauce and when you buy chips (fries) or meat pies take away (to go), the tomato sauce does not come in those infuriating, little pouches that you have to tear open and then squirt all over your fingers, hoping to get some on your food. No, the Aussies have a great little dispenser package that is ingenious! Here are some photos showing you the packaging:
We have never had one of these dispensers fail, or squirt in the wrong direction, or require teeth to open it. The environmental impact of these little dispensers cannot be any worse than the squeeze pouches.
Red and green bell peppers are known as capsicum while romaine lettuce is cos. Arugula is called rocket and they make a great rocket salad with parmesan cheese and either pear or apple slices on top. And after eating all this you will need a serviette, which is a napkin at home!
Tonight is the a quarter-final foot game so we will go to the “G” and enjoy the game. The Geelong team is favored to win by a lot, but the Port Adelaide team pulled off a huge upset last weekend to move into this game, so anything is possible.
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Tomorrow we are driving east for an hour or two where we hope to do some hiking in a couple of parks. We will spend Saturday night in Foster, VIC and on Sunday spend a bit of time along the coast before heading home.
G’Day Mates and have a good weekend!