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All things Australian - Part 1

Updated on January 6, 2017


One of the foods we love to eat in Australia, is the "Pie Floater".

The "Pie Floater" - is a meat pie, floating in a big bowl of hot pea soup. The meat pie itself, is usually turned upside down. Most Aussie's like to add tomato sauce but a variety of condiments, can be added to the dish.

Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, mint sauce and quite commonly, vinegar. All of these things, make for a tasty experience.

The "Pie Floater" is believed to have originated from the English. In England, dumplings in soup were called "Floaters". The pie floater became popular in Adelaide, when the very first mobile "Pie Cart" was established.

Between the years 1915 to 1942, nine "Pie Cart's" had been established around Adelaide.

They became an icon around Adelaide. After a night out on the town, on a chilly night, people would gather at the "Pie Cart". The cart would sell an array of foods. Hot dogs, donuts, rolls, hamburgers and drinks. If you needed a late night snack, this was the place to be.

The National Trust of Australia, said that it was a "South Australian Heritage Icon" and in 2003 it was recognised as such. There was also another in New South Wales, that was recognised around the same time.

Shortly after this, there was some talk of shutting them down. I never really understand the facts behind why?

I know that the development of the new tram system, was getting ready to take place. The tram tracks would have needed more room and the "Pie Cart's", were in the way.

I remember at the time, this created a huge stir amongst the people of Adelaide. To be honest, i am really not sure what happened to them after that but i do know, that they are not there anymore.

You will find the people of Adelaide, still make a pie floater in their home. It is just part of the Australian way of life!

Give it a try - I am sure you will love it!


1) One big bowl filled with hot pea soup

2) One well cooked singular meat pie

3) A selection of condiments

4) Place meat pie upside down, in the middle of the pea soup.

5) Add the condiments you love

6)Dig in and start eating Mmmmmmmmmmmm Yummmmmmmmmm

I hope you enjoy trying a taste of Australia and i would love to hear what you thought about it, via your comments :D

Happy eating and warm bellies :)

(C)Copyright, Tammy Crossman, 2011 - 2016

© 2011 skellie


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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Hi everyone :) I have added a conversion chart link, for you all.

      Cheers Skellie

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Heh Walt, that would have been really funny lol. The look on the girls face, would have been priceless :) hehe. Thanks for the vote mate :D

      Cheers Skellie

      Hi Eiddwen, I am very pleased you are enjoying my hubs. You are very welcome and thankyou for the visit.

      Take care of yourself as well :D

      Cheers Skellie

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Another foir me to bookmark.

      Thanks for sharing and take care


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      Walt Smith 7 years ago

      I'm with Will, I was going to the supermarket last evening anyway, so ater reading your hub I asked if they had a "meatpie", and after a long stare from the employee at the checkout,(a teen girl), I got "eeewww" what's that. I guess I'll have to wait for the recipe, it does sound yummy though. I voted up and useful...W

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      No worries WillStarr, the recipe is on it's way :D

      Hi scarytaff, Great thankyou for the link. I certainly will try out some of those recipes.

      Thankyou for the visit to my hub :)

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      Derek James 7 years ago from South Wales

      Sounds good, got to try it as I'm a pie freak. Try my recipes here: Thanks for the hub.

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It sounds superb!

      I love split pea soup, but the meat pies mystify me! I'm looking forward to your Hub on meat pies.

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Ok WillStarr, i will put up a hub about meat pies and how to make them. Over here we can walk in to any deli or supermarket and buy a meat pie. I never thought for a moment, that there would not be a singular meat pie in America.

      I will write it very soon WillStarr.

      Thankyou for your very interesting comments :D

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I don't think we have your "singular meat pie" in our American supermarkets.

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      skellie 7 years ago from Adelaide

      Hi WillStarr, that is a very good question. You could do it the lazy way and buy it from the supermarket lol. Otherwise i will do a hub on the meat pie and how to make them from scratch. Thanks for the great comment!

      Gday Nell, I have never been a big fan of dumplings, though really love pea soup - yum :) As a matter of fact, all soup.

      I am glad you are going to give it a go. Let me know what you think of it.

      Nice chatting with you as always :D


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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I still do dumplings in a stew! lol but this sounds really yummy, I am going to give it a try!

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      So how does one create a singular meat pie?


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