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Old 03-07-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Multicultural Influenced Australian Cuisine

Hi Its us again and weve got a new asasignment. This one is about the outside influences on Australian cuisine since world war 2 and we were wondering if anyone had any information about this. The practical for this assignment is to make a finger food for a cocktail party and present it appropriatley. The finger food is to from any culture other than our own that incorporates Australian foods and or cooking methods and any ideas would be greatley appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2006, 07:23 PM   #2
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I wish I'd had such wonderful ideas in my school cooking classes!

At my last home, I had a feijoa tree. After some research (some here!), I found out it was native to Australia. How about making small toast rounds, topped with a nutty type aussie cheese, and then topping it with a bit of feijoa jam? If the trees still have flowers, those are edible too, and have a faint cinnamon taste. They'd be lovely to garnish the plate with.

hmmmm...just re-read your posting..."from a culture other than our own..." okay, lemme think some more......
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:26 PM   #3
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Wait! Australia has avocados! Hooray! Could you make a simple mexican guacamole with your avos?

4 avocados, mashed
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
a few shakes of salt & pepper

Serve with either tortilla chips or local flat bread, cut into triangles, brushed with oil and baked till golden & crisp
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they both sound really good, got any more ideas.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:03 PM   #5
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What food is your city/region known for?
(that'll help the ball get rolling)
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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OK, an Aussie here!

Immigrants to Australia after WW2 seemed to have come in waves. At first we got the Europeans - Italians, Greeks, and Slavs, mostly. The Slavs don't seem to have given us much in the way of foods - certainly not as much as the Italians or Greeks. For those, the best known foods, still very popular, are things like Spaghetti Bolognese or Lasagne; the Greeks gave us Moussaka, Baklava, and salads with feta cheese.

Other Europeans, fewer in number, gave us Wiener Schnitzel and a variety of sausages, particularly salami. A lot of Germans settled in South Australia, and they've provided us with excellent wines.

Since Vietnam, there has been a huge influx of Vietnamese immigrants. These have introduced us to a huge range of Asian vegetables and sauces - most of which are called 'Thai' nowadays. Any stirfry using these vegetables (bok choy, Chinese cabbage, tatsoi etc) would be good examples of what have become popular.

The Chinese have been around since the goldrushes of the early 1800s. Their influence on our food has been immense, and continues. From them, we learned about things like straw mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and the like. Chicken and Almonds, or Mongolian Beef would be popular examples of their cuisine.

We get a lot of Indonesian foods here, too. Satays and Rendangs would be good examples of what is popular.

Indians and Pakistanis have made up a lot of our immigrant population. So curries would have to be included for that group.

In the 80s there was an influx of immigrants from the Middle East, especially Turkey and Lebanon. So we've learned about flatbreads and Kofta from them.

We've always had a great number of British immigrants, and they're still coming. This includes not only English, but Scots and Irish as well. We get fewer Welshmen, but think Potato and Leek Soup. Think Irish Stew or Colcannon (bubble and squeak); oatcakes from the Scots; steak and kidney pudding; bangers and mash; Toad in the Hole; Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding; fish 'n' chips from the Poms!

Although we haven't had a lot of immigrants from Central America, we've been quite strongly influenced by Mexican cuisine. Tacos, Chilli con Carne, and Burritos would be top of the list in that category.

We've had quite a few Japanese immigrants, but mainly they are our tourist trade, and we've had to learn to cater for them. So we've learned about Sushi and Teriyaki from them.

You can hunt up food from a large number of different countries at this site. It's fairly representive of what we get here in Australia.

http://fooddownunder.com/cgi-bin/sea...middle+eastern

Here are some sites that might interest you:
http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/FOOD_I...odarticle.html
http://www.recipelink.com/rcpeth2.html
http://www.kraft.com.au/virtualMuseu...m?Page=decades
http://www.schools.ash.org.au/thscom...alia/Aus1.html
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Just an idea (and do not know what the requirement is for the Australian foods/cooking methods).

Make some small taco like shells out of rice flour, about 4 cm in diameter.

Fill with diced cooked prawns, cover with a bit of shredded lettuce, put in a thin slice of avocado, and sprinkle on some Chinese dipping sauce.

I think it might work.

Just a thought.

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Old 03-12-2006, 10:45 PM   #8
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The finger food is to from any culture other than our own that incorporates Australian foods and or cooking methods and any ideas would be greatley appreciated.
What about Japanese gyoza or Chinese wontons made with kangaroo or emu meat...the ingredient couldn't get any more Australian.

Or as Daisy mentioned, some delicious kofta (either meatball or sausage shaped) made with minced roo/emu.
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Omg i had Gyoza when i went to Japan with a school trip. It was so nice and i have been trying to find an excuse to make it for ages now. I had it coz my Japanese teacher had lunch with me and my friends and she suggested to try that. It tastes really nice with soy sauce too

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Old 03-14-2006, 01:32 AM   #10
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Thankyou sooooooooooo much daisy your info has been a great help. and evryones recipies are interesting. wen kim told me wat gyoza is i wanted to make it but if she does it i cant so anyone got anymore ideas, and if possible a few vegetarian ones.

luv Krysten
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