Australia

Eat like a local or, enjoy your favourite foods from home

 

Apart from ‘throwing a prawn on the barbie’, when you think of Australia, ‘cuisine’ isn’t something that springs to mind, But what is Australian cuisine? Well Australian cuisine is a mish mash of food influences from other countries. I’m not going to give you a history lesson but Australian food today has been influenced by the arrival of peoples from Britain which gives us an Anglo-Saxon context. Then the Chinese arrived during the gold rush in the 1850s with its Asian influences. Followed by the Italians with their espresso and pasta making machines in the 1950s. And many more nationalities have arrived since then bringing with them influences on the food. And you also have the traditional land owners with their use of indigenous ingredients for around 50,000 years. So it is hard to define Australian cuisine apart to say, ‘it is a mix of cuisines’ that has produced some Aussie favourites. From seafood from the surrounding oceans (barramundi, prawns, lobsters put into a seafood basket) to ‘pub grub’ (parmas, burgers with beetroot, roasts) to sweet treats (laminations, pavlova) to local favourites like Vegemite on toast to indigenous foods (kangaroo, berries), here are some Aussie favourite recipes for Aussies who want to make and enjoy food from home while travelling and visitors who want to ‘eat like a local’. Enjoy.

 

Eggplant Parmigiana (Parma)

Eggplant Parmigiana (Parma)

I always thought eggplants were a vegetable but technically they are a fruit. And what a versatile fruit they are. They can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, and now people are cooking them in their air fryers. Eggplants can be used in savoury salads, as a side dish or...

Chicken Parmigiana (Parma)

Chicken Parmigiana (Parma)

A Chicken Parmigiana (Parma) is a very popular Australian 'pub grub' (pub food) dish. You will always find it on the menu in pubs, clubs and restaurants. It is basically a chicken snitzel with tomato sauce or paste on one side, with a slice of ham and melted cheese on...

Beer Damper

Beer Damper

Damper is a classic outback Aussie food, 'bush bread' and is delicious. This recipe for damper uses beer which helps the bread rise and gives it a unique flavour. I love this recipe and I make it all the time when I use a camp oven. You can't beat freshly cooked...

Rocky Road

Rocky Road

Rocky Road is one of my absolute favourite sweet chocolate treat. And it only requires 4 ingredients - marshmallows, nuts, fruit jellies (I like red ones) and chocolate. I usually make it in some microwave proof Tupperware.    

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