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Old 05-15-2007, 10:34 AM   #21
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The powdered drink would be milo, I keep a tin of it in the cupboard for emergencies!

I'm Aussie but now live in England, and have done for five years.

To me Australian cuisine is an attitude. That pioneering spirit to try new ingredients, to adapt old and new methods, and to embrace all the cultures that Australia has embraced.

To contrast, in Manchester where I live, there is a large migrant population, Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Polish, Greek and Italian, amongst others. Their cuisines have remained fairly seperate.

In Australia we tend to share from one another's cuisine and adapt them. We are, arguably, more experimental and open to new ideas. I certainly get a lot of positive comments from friends on my approach to cooking, which is the way I was taught by my mum.

Of course there are uniquely Australian dishes that have been mentioned. I long for an Aussie meat pie, which are so different from the English ones!

My favourite Australian cookery writer is Stephanie Alexander, I love the way she uses traditional French cookery in one recipe and then moves on to Vietnamese or Japanese etc. And represents the more traditional "Australian country cooking" as well.

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Old 05-15-2007, 11:21 AM   #22
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Ostriches are indigenous to South Africa, not Australia. How did they end up on the Aussie menu?

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Old 05-15-2007, 12:24 PM   #23
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Milo - I totally forgot that name. Thanks kyles! This thread is helping me to relive the months spent with our Aussie "daughter". It was a special time. She is now a mum with 3 of her own children.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:48 PM   #24
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:31 PM   #25
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I grew up in the US, then lived in Newcastle, NSW for about 11 years, so I have a few ideas. I think a lot of Australian food has been brought from other areas, primarily Great Britain, but there are also a lot of Greek and Asian influences.

When I moved there, I was welcomed with a nice pavlova. I had never had that before. Over the years I developed quite a fondness for Lamb with Mint Sauce and (especially) Aussie Meat Pies... man, what I would give for a nice little pie shop on the corner *sigh*. They also had great burger/fish n chips shops. Fast food didn't dominate as it does here. There were lots of yummy corner food shops. I know that Doner Kebabs aren't exactly 'Aussie', but they had some good ones there. And you have to say Vegemite. I believe that's pretty uniquely Aussie.

Perhaps my mostest favorite Aussie food... the one I miss most... is Coopers Premium Lager.
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:54 PM   #26
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Green Lady, the choc. drink you are talking about is MILO, it is very unique and choclotety, yes we do tend to leave some lumps of it on top, to spoon out with our spoons, but if there is not enough , my son just adds another spoonful of milo to it, I forgot about that one, and as others have pointed out, our classic MEAT PIE with TOMATO SAUCE of coarse we have to have that as we watch the footy. We have some very DELISH meat pies here, esp. if they have MUSHY PEAS as well in them (YUMM).
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:05 PM   #27
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Old 05-15-2007, 09:39 PM   #28
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Awesome work everyone ^_^ It's good to see that I'm the only one without a clue what my national "Cuisine" is.

I think common Aussie resturant food (What is called Modern Australian) is mainly a Thai/Italian-French fusion, Malaysian as well, although Indian, Chinese and Japanese get a look in as well. It tends to incorporate some of our local products (Macadamia sticky date pudding, tropical fruit coulis), and has some nods to England occasionally, but on the whole it's Thai spices in French-Italian dishes... At least at the resturants I've been too.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:36 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Quadlex
Australia is a fairly young country (As countries go), and we haven't had time to define a food identity for ourselves.

We're only now getting interested in our national produce for reasons other then flavouring (Eucalyptus has been in lollies for years), but we still can't really point to a style of cooking and say "That's ours, we invented that".

Putting together a 'typical' Australian meal can thus be difficult, because there really is no such thing, at least from my perspective as an Aussie cook and citizen.

I'm interested to know what others think Australian food is. What do you imagine a typical family eats for dinner? What do we do for take-out, or fast food? Can you point to a style of dish or cooking and say "That's Australian", or are there any ingredients you think are pure "Down Under"?

(To my fellow citizens: Let's see what the internationals think before we comment, makes it slightly more authentic that way ^_^)
Quadlex - I think you raised a very good topic, and it should not be limited to Austrailia. We all have pre-conceived ideas about food from other areas. It may be caultural in nature, and old thoughts, but maybe that should be updated on what is actually there.

For example, I think of the food from Austrailia as others have mentioned. Some have said "shrimp on the Barbie", which in the US is something you would here from many (in the US). I have heard many nice things about the infusion influence that is there now, and that your food in general is in a major change mode.

The only thing I have eaten from Austrailia is a "meat pie", so my opinion has limited input. I will say I did not like the beef that weas in it, but since this was the only "authentic" Austrailian food product I have tried, I woould consider my own opinion suspect.

I can only think that being surrounded by so many choices on what to eat (Austrailia has all kind of food sources), that your eats are extremely good in general from anyone's opinion. I am jealious in the aspect you have all the choices you have in souce a short range of area.

I live in Michigan, US, so I wil always have a great source of fresh water fish locally ( and it is THE BEST), but, if I want fresh shark, mussels, or other things that are available close to other areas, I am stuck with not having the freshious, and having to pay high dollar for it.

So feel good about how many things you have access to locally. I probably have "more" options then you. But I would trade that in a minute for having the freshest of the local items I can't get where I live.

If eating tasty stuff is a sin, I am certainly going south.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:28 PM   #30
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Lamingtons? 'splain, please.

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