Prior to delving into Australia, I send my old pal Aussie Jo a message asking for advice about a typical Australian meal.
“Hmm we are not particularly cultured as we originated from England as criminals. Now we are very multicultural and anything goes, but I’d say, a good hearty meat pie with tomato sauce or a BBQ steak and sausages and salads (that’s what most people do on Australia Day is have a BBQ).”
(Note – that’s just Jo’s dry sense of humour – no insult intended!)
I was a little disappointed to be honest, and spent a long time researching potential aboriginal recipes to no avail. Aussie cooking does seem to be pretty simple – throw some meat on the BBQ. The ‘national dish’ of Australia does seem to be the simple meat pie with ketchup as Jo suggested! So meat pie it was then (beef mince, onion, Worcester sauce, tomato puree, beef stock and vegemite). Meh…. nothing wrong with it just not as exciting as some of the food we’ve eaten in the project so far.
I also looked up some Aussie cake recipes. A favourite seems to be little sponge cakes covered in chocolate icing and coconut called Lamingtons named after Lord Lamington, the Governor of Queensland from 1896-1901. The sponge recipe I followed was an eggy disaster but I salvaged it by sandwiching the flat slices together with jam. The sponge is then dipped in icing made with icing sugar, cocoa and milk and then sprinkled with dedicated coconut. They’re very tasty!