- Food and Cooking
Australian Food Specialties Yes Dim Sims are Made in Australia
Introducing Australia's Favourite Food
Many people have wondered if Australia has different food tastes to the rest of the world.
I will include here some of Australia's favourite foods that are commercially available.
I must put a disclaimer in here that I do not regard myself in any shape or form as a good cook. Also some of our so called unique food is an adaption from recipes which our fore bearers imported when they came to inhabit our great country.
Anyway this is a lighthearted presentation of what I grew up with thinking that the products were only available in Australia.
So without any further ado I present in no particular order my favorite and not so favorite Ozzie food.
Australian Meat Pies
Australia claims the good old Aussie Meat Pie as it's own because we feel we developed the concept as a hand sized unit which can be consumed on the run and is great as a warm-up food at a footy match.
I can remember as kid going to the footy (The Tigers) with my big brother and we would get a hot pie at half time and scoff them down like they were to be our last meals.
One of the most popular brands of meat pie is "Four'nTweny" which in OZ is synonymous with the greatest code of football "Australian Rules Football" controlled by the "Australian Football League".
Anyone who disagrees with that statement take it up with the guy doing the typing.
Possibly our most popular and most maligned food product is Vegemite.
Eaten by kids since early last century prompting the saying of being a "Happy Little Vegemite"
I have written a complete Hub on this simply titled "Vegemite" you might like to read more details at the Hub.
To obtain Vegemite in America try this link:
- Vegemite in the U.S. from Australian Products Co.
Vegemite available in the US from Australian Products, Vegemite, Vegemite Spread, Vegemite USA, Vegemite US, Kraft Vegemite, Vegemite Snackabout, Vegemite recipes
One of my most favourite sweets is the beautiful Pavlova, debate has raged for years of the origin of the Pavlova, be it Australia or New Zealand (lizzie will say it's NZ I'm claiming it as Australian. (thumbing nose at lizzie) LOL.
However there is no argument about where the name came from, it was the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.
As I said before I'm no cook, so I'm not going to be to accruate with the recipe of beaten up egg whites ,vanilla essence and a bunch of other stuff.
You can check the recipe here at Wikepedia.
Pavlova is delicious served fresh with Strawberries and Cream
A very early ad for Aeroplane Jelly
Sultanas are my favourite snack food , they are naturally low in fat and I believe they are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Although not entirely unique to Australia I believe we adopted the Sultana when we turned it into a meal on it's own.
The Sultana is made from a green seedless grape slightly bigger than the raisin grape.
I'm sure this has more than likely got another name but I grew up always just calling it "Jelly". There was "Yellow Jelly, Red Jelly "Green Jelly".
My favourite flavour was the "Red Jelly" covered all over with fresh cream, yummy.
The brand most widely known in Australia is "Aeroplane Jelly" according to wikipedia there are 10 million unit of jelly sold annually, and Strawberry is still the most popular flavour.
Even though it has been an Iconic Australian brand it was sold to McCormick Food Company late last century.
Although sounding very chinese the old dim sim was actually first developed around 1945 right here in Melbourne by a Chinese chef called William Wing Young for a restaurant titled "Wing Lee".
Dim Sims were also referred to as Mystery Bags as you could never be quite sure what you were getting. However that has changed for the better since the bigger companies have taken up the manufacture of these delightful nibbles.
We often have the "Dimmy" as we lovingly call them deep fried with "Fish and Chips". My wife and I have also enjoyed them "steamed" and served with Soy Sauce.
Lamingtons have for a long time been on my have to have list of cakes!
They consist of a sponge block covered in chocolate and sprinkled in coconut.
Originally they were just plain sponge but as years went by varieties appeared with strawberry or blackberry jam or cream in the centre. Not unlike what I think Americans call "Twinkies"
SAO Biscuits have a very long history in Australia and are manufactured by Arnott's Biscuits as long ago as 1906. It is reported that 'SAO biscuits' was the first biscuit to be a registered Brand Name in Australia.
It is rumored to be the initials of "Salvation Army Officer" because I was told by people who knew other people that they were made very cheaply for the poor at the request of the Salvation Army. Fact of fiction I dunno but a good story nevertheless.
SAO are a dry cracker type biscuit and a great to have as a light weight lunch with tomato and cheese.
They also go very nicely with butter and the good old Vegemite
Tim Tam Biscuits
I have always loved Tim Tam Biscuits.
Released in 1964 they were an immediate success. They consist of 2 biscuits with cream in between (caramel sort of flavour) and covered in delicious chocolate.
I think the biscuit was named after the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1958.
Arnotts who manufacture the Tim Tam claim that there are nearly 400 million Tim Tams sold every year in some form or other.
I personally like the dark chocolate variety.
The humble "Chiko Roll"
I nearly let this one slip by me. How could I have forgotten this one and absolute must to have at the footy with the old meat pie.
The started life in Wagga Wagga a town in NSW in 1951
To quote exactly how they are made :-
Today CHIKO Rolls are produced in Bathurst, NSW by Simplot Australia, and are made on a unique machine that creates the pastry and the filling of fresh vegetables and meat at exactly the same time. The product starts as a continuous CHIKO Roll which, after cooking, is sliced down to size. The famous pastry ends are added before the CHIKO Rolls are par-fried for a second time. Every CHIKO Roll is still dispatched with the famous CHIKO Roll serving bag that has only changed slightly over the years, but has always maintained its original appearance.
- How to make a Pineapple Fruit Cake - with the Recipe
This Fruit Cake has a great fruity flavor and the Pineapple makes it fairly moist.