Thursday, 26 June 2008

Calling all aussies!

I need some cooking help. We're going to BBQ this weekend and I've been asked to bring a savoury dish that is an australian speciality. I wonder if there is such a thing? I love australian cuisine but let's face it, there's nothing very original about it. We tend to rip off all the best things from other cultures. So, any ideas what I can bring...

9 comments:

Le Tigre in France said...

lamingtons! I think you'll be good at making them..although they aren't savoury...

Savoury would be anzac biscuits I suppose?

Oh god I miss BBQ Shapes.

Penny said...

Hmmm, a pack of BBQ shapes, a tub of french onion dip, a good book and an afternoon on the lounge reading it - I'm a woman of simple pleasures!

Yeah, lamingtons would have been good if I'd been asked to do a dessert or I could have made a pavlova - but I'm really stumped at a savoury dish. I mean I cant even do a potato bake to go with the BBQ as I live in the land of the best potato bake dish ever - the tartiflette!

:)

Rosebank Magic said...

You have to look further afield and remember that Australian cuisine is a mix of many different influences - especially Asian. So just make something that you really like with an east meets west influence and you can call it Australian cuisine.
I've also had a look through my old Mrs Beeton which has a section for Australian recipes, also the CWA but the best I can come up with is an Orange and celery salad but that could have come from anywhere, the same with a potato salad so I suggest something with an asian influence and you'll impress them all. How about a thai beef salad with noodles, just leave out the beef and use a wonderful thai dresing.

screamish said...

sausage rools? I did this once and they were relatively impressed..if you buy pate feuillette and stuff them with sausage meat that you've spiced up however you like it...can be really good...almost gourmet!

or spring rolls...the rice paper rolls fresh w mint and chicken and vermicelli...

or...a home made shepherds pie..with real lamb pices...but its sooo hot maybe not a good idea?

Or go to Carnivore and pick up some kangaroo/ They sell it in my local shop. Kangaroo Curry?

Justine said...

Cabana, cheese (coon) and a green or red cocktail onion stacked on a toothpick (or an Aussie flag toothpick)!! Ironically Australian and retro at the same time - perfect.

Penny said...

Thanks for all the ideas

MUm - I get what you are saying but to me, thai beef salad doesnt really say australian, does it? Also the asian noodles here are crap!

Screamish - I love the idea of sausage rolls if only I could get decent sausage meat but its really awful here - pink and very fatty. If I'd had time or the energy I could have got the butcher to grind me something from scratch I guess. But you have inspired me on what to make so thanks very much. I cant do sausage rolls so of course instead I will do...party pies! I'm just in the middle of making some really cute mini meat pies - I hope they turn out...

Justine - you are right - they would have been perfect! I had a look for some cabana but could only find a really thick one and I dont think they'd have been the same if I'd had to cut the cabana down. Maybe next time but thanks for the idea. I'm going to tuck it away somewhere

Dung said...

penny: "Also the asian noodles here are crap"
I think you are not looking at the right place, being a french asian in Australia, I can tell you there's much more choice in asian food in France than in Australia :)

The Telfers In France said...

Hi Penny,
I didn't read this post before, and I had the same dilemma. I ended up making a ham and salad dish. To do this I took a round TUPPERWARE container, and put lettuce leaves at the bottom. Then rolled slices of ham and secured with toothpicks, and placed them on top of the lettuce leaves along with wedges of tomato, cubes of cheese, slices of cucumber and carrot sticks. It just so reminded me of what you get when people are asked to "bring a plate" back home.

I agree with you about the paucity of Asian ingredients in this area. Maybe in Paris it might be different, but in my local area it is hard to good Asian ingredients.

Enjoy the summer holidays.
Caro.

Penny said...

Sorry Dung, I have to agree with the Telfers on this one :). Maybe its different in Paris, but in Annecy the range of asian foods available is nothing compared to Australia.

Thanks for your comment though - I'll have a try at reading your blog! Hope you're enjoying the nice cool aussie winter this year :)

Carolyn - your "plate" sounds really cool :)