It’s hard to go back to buying ground meat for making burgers when you've started making your own using your meat of choice. You can control the amount of fat, mix meats, add flavors and make the grind as coarse or fine as you like.
There is ongoing rivalry between the Australians and New Zealanders as to who ‘owns’ the pavlova.
A popular drink in Australia, often called the drink you have when you’re not having a drink – its palate cleansing and fresh, wonderful as an aperitif or just thirst quenching beverage. Normally made with lime syrup and soda, I prefer this method with real lemons and limes. It’s one you make and taste as you go to find the blend that best suits your palate.
Corn, whether fresh off the kernel or ground as in polenta makes a wonderful accompaniment to lamb. This twist on the traditional ‘Coq au Vin’ just melts into the smooth bed of polenta. Using Australian lamb will give you the satisfaction of knowing that it is totally grass fed with no hormones or antibiotics.
Steak sandwiches are an Australian classic, usually enjoyed outdoors or on the beach, followed by a solid game of touch footy! I’ve brought this one a little up-market by caramelizing the tomatoes with some aromatic red wine – make sure you enjoy the wine with the dish too! For me, it will be the big jammy Mt Langi Ghiran Shiraz!
Who’d have thought you could make a rich mouth melting shortbread with no butter or butter substitutes – enter the wonderful macadamia! Its texture and flavor are all it takes to make this shortbread buttery rich, with a delightful subtle crunch and nutty flavor – and much healthier with the macadamia’s high content of monounsaturated oils.
Large moist lamb racks are separated into chops and filled with a goat cheese, rosemary and lemon mixture then baked so the cheese melts into the meat. Served on a simple bed of spinach and mushrooms.
Ingredients for this unusual duo of bright green and yellow soups are available at specialty food stores. This is a lovely way to show off the vivid colors of summer vegetables.
A pikelet is a small, unsweetened pancake used in Australian cuisine. Latkes are potato pancakes; these are sweet since they’re made of sweet potato. Canapés are little fingerfoods, often made in geometric shapes, made of a starchy base with savory ingredients draped over.
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