The best dishes I discovered in Australia

I remember moving here like it was yesterday, even though is was nearly 7 years ago, and now as I prepare to leave and move to Ireland I thought I’d share the best dishes I discovered in Australia. The food here is unbelievable, all the fresh produce – tropical fruit, avocado’s on demand, the best meat I’ve ever tasted. I certainly miss the food whenever I leave Australia for a few weeks’ holiday, so the transition back to a colder climate is going to be tough for more reasons than….the cold! 

48 hours after I landed in Sydney, I started my first day in the office and my eyes were opened to how people eat here. Lunch is quite the occasion, there are food courts all around the city where you can buy any type of cuisine you fancy. I was used to taking packed lunches to work, yet I had new supermarkets, new food brands and new types of bread to get my head around – I had to learn how to feed myself all over again! 

I will never forget the day that someone said to me “What are you eating? It looks like your first meal out of prison” I looked down and laughed so hard at my crackers, proccessed spreadable cheese and a small packet of cheese & bacon balls (flavoured maize snack like I would eat at school). She was right, what on earth was I eating? I didn’t used to eat that in the UK, I was totally lost!

Without further delay, allow me to introduce you to the best dishes I discovered in Australia (well, tasted, I’m not claiming to have invented them)…

Avocado on Toast

Sliced, chunky mashed, smooth mashed….any which way is amazing. A touch of seasoning, a squeeze of lemon and I’m in heaven! This snack is welcome at any time of the day. 

Prawn, Proscuitto and Mango salad

It’s up to you what else you want to put in the bowl, that’s the best thing about salads, they can vary from 1 person to the next. I have rocket & spinach or mixed leaves as my base, add the headline ingredients and avocado. That’s usually just right, the mango really makes it! 

Kangaroo

I know Skippy is a national treasure, yet it’s an amazingly tasty source of protein. This was one of my red meat options when on my bikini competition prep diet – I was BBQ’ing Kangaroo after the gym at 7am (my housemates weren’t too keen on that though!).

Here are 3 reasons why it’s a recommended inclusion in your diet:

1) Open Range

“Kangaroos are never farmed. They’re sourced from their natural environment – roaming freely across expansive pastoral areas of Australia. This means that the meat that ends up on your plate is free from human intervention, antibiotics, added growth hormones, or chemicals.”

2) Protein

“When it comes to high-quality protein, kangaroo meat is definitely at the top of the list. A 150g serving of kangaroo fillet (pre-cooked) provides an average adult with 66% of their daily protein needs. That’s two thirds of your protein needs from one tasty meal.”

3) Fat

“With less than 2% fat, kangaroo is one of the healthiest meat choices you can make. And the fats that are there are the ones we want – beneficial unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. What you won’t find is those undesirable saturated fats and trans fats.”

For more information visit K-ROO

Anything BBQ'd

Maybe I can win the vego’s back here. Anything means anything – 

  • Corn on the cob
  • Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Haloumi
  • Prawns
  • Fish
  • Any kind of Meat
  • Pizza (with special trays – although when our oven broke and Tom was desperate he cooked a pizza straight on the BBQ grill)
  • Eggs (again with a special tray)

The opportunities are endless! Want more ideas?

Tim Tams

It took me a while to like to Tim Tams. What’s not to like right? It’s just delicious smooth cream sandwiched between 2 crunchy biscuits, coated in Tim Tam chocolate. It was the texture I couldn’t cope with, it was like running my nails down a chalkboard. Having grown up with Penguin biscuits – which are the same theory, but the biscuit texture was smoother. 

Anyway, I’m not a quitter, I kept trying and eventually became a massive fan of a Tim Tam (or 5!!)

Lamingtons

A lamington is an Australian cake, made from squares of sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut. I tend to only eat them on Australia Day or other occasions like Citizenship Ceremony’s for me and my friends, they’re beautifully fluffy and light. I should eat more really!

Potato Wedges with Sour Cream & Sweet Chilli Sauce

How is this not in the UK?!? What an amazing combination! Dip the wedge into both dips and voilà!!

Now, before my Aussie readers cry out in outrage

I’ll explain why I’ve not included the following iconic food…because I had already tasted their delights in the UK:

  • Vegemite; however, I learnt more ways to eat it.

Vegemite & Avocado on Toast, Vegemite & Eggs on Toast. The saltiness adds that special something! 

  • Pavlova
  • Meat Pies & Sausage Rolls – so iconically Australian that they’re served at Citizenship ceremony’s! Love that! And you can’t have them without a big serving of ketchup.

 

Australia, my taste buds thank you for an amazing 7 years! 

Lucy x

 

 

Sources:

http://k-roo.com.au/nutrition/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/36-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-grill?utm_term=.ayrv7k4Wy#.rgg1d7q6a

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