I won’t be using a book this week, because I have my own recipes for everything I intend to make. I’ll post them here, if anyone feels the need to replicate them.
Australian’s eat and cook a range of foods from various cultures (Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Italian and Greek, among others), however the food usually referred to as Aussie food, is based on British and Irish food, brought over by the invaders and subsequent settlers.
It has changed over time. Even in my short life (so far) I’ve seen it change from pretty basic “meat and three veg” to a more interesting range of stir-fries, curries, pastries, casseroles and other dishes. It should be noted that Aussie food, (not food from other cultures cooked in Australia) is much less spicy and uses fewer herbs than many world cuisines.
At home, a typical breakfast most likely includes cereal with milk and/or toast with spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee. Lunch is generally taken to school or work, consisting of left-overs from dinner, soup, sandwiches, fruit, etc. Many people eat out for lunch, having sushi, chinese, roast lunch, schnitzel, fancy sandwiches and salad or many other foods. Dinner can be anything, but it is usually savoury and hot. We snack (on sweets, biscuits, savoury biscuits, fruit, nuts, all sorts of things), and go in for sweet foods fairly often (desserts).
For the menu plan this week, I want to cook some foods from my childhood, some ‘typical’ Aussie meals, and some fancy Modern Australian cuisine.
Here’s the plan:
- Meat pies and sausage rolls, with sauce
- Curried sausages/’chicken’
- Sunday Roast
- Meat and three veg
- Pumpkin scones
- Modern Australian degustation- olives, olive oil and bread; asparagus with lemon myrtle dressing; stuffed mushrooms on mountain pepper potato rosti; macadamia-crusted smoked tofu with a pumpkin, leek and eggplant medley; panna cotta with rosella coulis.
- Golden syrup dumplings
- Anzac biccies
- Lamingtons – maybe, they’re kind of a pain in the butt.
The fancy degustation menu is in honor of my Mr. having his birthday this week.