Pavlova

PAVLOVA

The last recipe from my “Come have some Aussie tucker, mate!” party is the Pavlova recipe.  I kept the best for last…  I have to warn you.  It is not an easy dessert to make and mine did not come out perfect either, as it did crack a bit.  Luckily the taste was not affected…

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Fairy Bread

FAIRY BREAD

The first time I ever heard about “fairy bread” I was at a play-date with 2 other mums.  When they explained to me what it was I found it hard to believe that someone could really go crazy for something like “that”.  But let me tell you that I completely changed my mind the first…

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Lamingtons

LAMINGTONS

Lamingtons are squares or rectangles of sponge cake, dipped in chocolate icing and coated witn desiccated coconut.  They are another iconic Australian food and I served them with tea for my “Come have some Aussie tucker, mate!” party.  I had never made them before but was very happy I did as they were so much…

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Damper

DAMPER

Here is what Wiki says about damper: “Damper is a traditional Australian soda bread prepared by swagmen, drovers, stockmen and other travelers. […] Damper is an iconic Australian dish. […]  Damper was originally developed by stockmen who travelled in remote areas for weeks or months at a time, with only basic rations of flour, sugar and…

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Roasted Tomato, Rocket and Macadamia Salad

ROAST TOMATO, ROCKET AND MACADAMIA SALAD

This is the salad I served as one of the sides for my “Come have some Aussie tucker, mate!” party for Foodbuzz 24×24.  It is one of those salads with fancy names that you could easily see on a café menu, yet it is very easy and quick to make at home.  These are the…

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Seared Kangaroo with Raspberry Glaze

SEARED KANGAROO FILLET STEAKS WITH RASPBERRY GLAZE

I am sure the majority of you are wondering what kangaroo tastes like.  Well, it is hard to describe its taste, but I would probably compare it to venison, though it is milder and not as gamey.  I still remember the first time I ate it… I was in Uluru and kangaroo was one of…

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Aussie Burger with the lot

AUSSIE BURGER WITH “THE LOT”

Today I am going to share with you the recipe of what is known as “Aussie burger with the lot”.  The reason for the name is evident: this isn’t your everyday cheese burger… it is made up of A LOT of goodies!  And it is irresistible!  What’s not to love about a sandwich filled with…

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Brioche Burger Buns

BRIOCHE BURGER BUNS

I made these buns to serve with the Aussie Burgers I prepared for my “Come have some Aussie tucker, mate!” event that I organised as part of Foodbuzz’s 24×24 program.  They were sensational!  Soft and brioche-like… just like a burger bun should be.  You can see what I mean from the pictures below… the dough…

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Mini Vegemite and Cheese Sandwiches

MINI VEGEMITE AND CHEESE SANDWICHES

Vegemite is probably the most iconic Australian product.  Wiki describes it as “a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract.  […]  Vegemite is made from used brewers’ yeast extract, a by-product of beer manufacturing, various vegetables, wheat and spice additives. It is salty, slightly bitter, and umami or malty – similar to beef bouillon.” …

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24x24 Aussie - kangaroo (1 of 1)

FOODBUZZ 24X24: COME HAVE SOME AUSSIE TUCKER, MATE!

Even though I am Italian, I have been living in Australia for the past 6 years.  I love this country so much that I have formally become Australian a couple of years ago and I consider myself Australian as much as Italian. Australia is a wonderful country where people from different cultural backgrounds live together. …

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ICED ESPRESSO

I love coffee… well, I am addicted to coffee.  Not to the brewed coffee but to espresso.  I restrict myself to no more than 2 a day, but I could drink so much more.  Only the smell of a freshly brewed espresso in the morning sets the day in the right direction.  You know what…

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Buccellato

BUCCELLATO – CUCCIDDATU

Buccellato is a Sicilian cake traditionally eaten during the holiday season, especially on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve… so it had to be featured on the  Sicilian Street Food New Year’s Eve Party I organised for this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24 event!  It is a ring shaped shortbread cake filled with dried figs, raisins, candied fruits,…

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Gelo di melone

GELO DI MELONE – WATERMELON JELLO

This is another traditional dessert from Palermo and it was included in the Sicilian Street Food New Year’s Eve Party I organised for this month’s Foodbuzz 24×24 event.  I asked my aunts for my grandmother’s recipe and here it is.  I still remember her making it during the hot summer months.  It doesn’t take long and…

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Cassatine

CASSATINE SICILIANE

These cassatine are the snack version of the bigger and more famous Cassata Siciliana.  They are pretty much the same thing (apart from the lack of candied fruits on the top), only smaller and more “street friendly” as they are often consumed on the go on the busy streets of Palermo.  They are delicious little…

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PISTACHIO GELATO

Sicily is very famous for its nut production, especially almonds and pistachios.  There is a town in the Eastern part of Sicily called Bronte which is reknowed for the quality of the pistachios that grow in the area.  I wanted to make ice cream and serve it in a brioche (as it is typically served on…

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RASCATURE

This dish was not originally included in my proposal to Foodbuzz for my 24×24 event on Sicilian Street Food New Year’s Eve Party: it was a spur of the moment decision.  As they turned out great, I am sharing the recipe with you as well!  It is really not a recipe per se, but it…

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