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Australian Food Specialties Yes Dim Sims are Made in Australia

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A passionate lover of his native Australia, Peter loves to share with the world the wonders of this beautiful Country called Australia.

Introducing Australia's Favourite Food

Many people have wondered if Australia has different food tastes to the rest of the world.

I will include here some of Australia's favourite foods that are commercially available.

I must put a disclaimer in here that I do not regard myself in any shape or form as a good cook. Also some of our so called unique food is an adaption from recipes which our fore bearers imported when they came to inhabit our great country.

Anyway this is a lighthearted presentation of what I grew up with thinking that the products were only available in Australia.

So without any further ado I present in no particular order my favorite and not so favorite Ozzie food.

Good old Aussie Meat Pie

Good old Aussie Meat Pie

Australian Meat Pies

Australia claims the good old Aussie Meat Pie as it's own because we feel we developed the concept as a hand sized unit which can be consumed on the run and is great as a warm-up food at a footy match.

I can remember as kid going to the footy (The Tigers) with my big brother and we would get a hot pie at half time and scoff them down like they were to be our last meals.

One of the most popular brands of meat pie is "Four'nTweny" which in OZ is synonymous with the greatest code of football "Australian Rules Football" controlled by the "Australian Football League".

Anyone who disagrees with that statement take it up with the guy doing the typing.

Vegemite Australias favourite spread

Vegemite Australias favourite spread


Possibly our most popular and most maligned food product is Vegemite.

Eaten by kids since early last century prompting the saying of being a "Happy Little Vegemite"

I have written a complete Hub on this simply titled "Vegemite" you might like to read more details at the Hub. 

Pavlova with berries and cream

Pavlova with berries and cream


One of my most favourite sweets is the beautiful Pavlova, debate has raged for years of the origin of the Pavlova, be it Australia or New Zealand (lizzie will say it's NZ I'm claiming it as Australian. (thumbing nose at lizzie) LOL.

However there is no argument about where the name came from, it was the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.

As I said before I'm no cook, so I'm not going to be to accruate with the recipe of beaten up egg whites ,vanilla essence and a bunch of other stuff.

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You can check the recipe here at Wikepedia.

Pavlova is delicious served fresh with Strawberries and Cream 

Snack size box of Aussie Sultanas

Snack size box of Aussie Sultanas

A very early ad for Aeroplane Jelly


Sultanas are my favourite snack food , they are naturally low in fat and I believe they are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Although not entirely unique to Australia I believe we adopted the Sultana when we turned it into a meal on it's own.

The Sultana is made from a green seedless grape slightly bigger than the raisin grape.


Aeroplane Jelly

I'm sure this has more than likely got another name but I grew up always just calling it "Jelly". There was "Yellow Jelly, Red Jelly "Green Jelly".

My favourite flavour was the "Red Jelly" covered all over with fresh cream, yummy.

The brand most widely known in Australia is "Aeroplane Jelly" according to wikipedia there are 10 million unit of jelly sold annually, and Strawberry is still the most popular flavour.

Even though it has been an Iconic Australian brand it was sold to McCormick Food Company late last century. 

an example of fried Dim Sims

an example of fried Dim Sims

Dim Sim

Although sounding very chinese the old dim sim was actually first developed around 1945 right here in Melbourne by a Chinese chef called William Wing Young for a restaurant titled "Wing Lee".

Dim Sims were also referred to as Mystery Bags as you could never be quite sure what you were getting. However that has changed for the better since the bigger companies have taken up the manufacture of these delightful nibbles.

We often have the "Dimmy" as we lovingly call them deep fried with "Fish and Chips". My wife and I have also enjoyed them "steamed" and served with Soy Sauce.

Two Aussie Icons Our flag and Our Lamingtons

Two Aussie Icons Our flag and Our Lamingtons


Lamingtons have for a long time been on my have to have list of cakes!

They consist of a sponge block covered in chocolate and sprinkled in coconut.

Originally they were just plain sponge but as years went by varieties appeared with strawberry or blackberry jam or cream in the centre. Not unlike what I think Americans call "Twinkies" 

The Old Favourite SAO Biscuits

The Old Favourite SAO Biscuits

SAO Biscuits

SAO Biscuits have a very long history in Australia and are manufactured by Arnott's Biscuits as long ago as 1906. It is reported that 'SAO biscuits' was the first biscuit to be a registered Brand Name in Australia.

It is rumored to be the initials of "Salvation Army Officer" because I was told by people who knew other people that they were made very cheaply for the poor at the request of the Salvation Army. Fact of fiction I dunno but a good story nevertheless.

SAO are a dry cracker type biscuit and a great to have as a light weight lunch with tomato and cheese.

They also go very nicely with butter and the good old Vegemite

My personal favourite Tim Tam Biscuit

My personal favourite Tim Tam Biscuit

Tim Tam Biscuits

I have always loved Tim Tam Biscuits.

Released in 1964 they were an immediate success. They consist of 2 biscuits with cream in between (caramel sort of flavour) and covered in delicious chocolate.

I think the biscuit was named after the winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1958.

Arnotts who manufacture the Tim Tam claim that there are nearly 400 million Tim Tams sold every year in some form or other.

I personally like the dark chocolate variety.

Chiko Chick

Chiko rolls bought out a great range of Posters.

Chiko rolls bought out a great range of Posters.

Chiko Roll

The humble "Chiko Roll"

I nearly let this one slip by me. How could I have forgotten this one and absolute must to have at the footy with the old meat pie.

The started life in Wagga Wagga a town in NSW in 1951

To quote exactly how they are made :-

Today CHIKO Rolls are produced in Bathurst, NSW by Simplot Australia, and are made on a unique machine that creates the pastry and the filling of fresh vegetables and meat at exactly the same time. The product starts as a continuous CHIKO Roll which, after cooking, is sliced down to size. The famous pastry ends are added before the CHIKO Rolls are par-fried for a second time. Every CHIKO Roll is still dispatched with the famous CHIKO Roll serving bag that has only changed slightly over the years, but has always maintained its original appearance.

Have you tried any of the above


Peter (author) from Australia on September 13, 2014:

G'day Oliversmum thanks for your lovely comment :) As you know I also love the Tim Tam and Lamington but my favorites are the good old Aussie Meat Pie topped with Tomato Sauce and of course Vegemite :) xox

oliversmum from australia on September 12, 2014:

agvulpes Hi. Great hub with lots of information. I like all of these foods, but my favorite two are Lamington and Tim Tams, maybe that comes with having a sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing. :) :) ox

Peter (author) from Australia on June 16, 2012:

Angela, Vegemite is available in America, a link is now available above. It is next to the Vegemite segment.

Thanks for the reply:-)

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 14, 2012:

I would love to!!!

Peter (author) from Australia on June 14, 2012:

G'day Angela and thanks for the share.

You really must try Vegemite, I had Vegemite on toast for lunch just today :-)

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 13, 2012:

Wow I have never heard of any of these! This is great! I am sharing!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 09, 2011:

Oh now just a mouthful of our delicious Pav ! or Lamington oh my I could eat one right now lol

BTW I never got around to the Vanilla Slice did I?

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 07, 2011:

Agvulpes: O, I want to say thank you for sharing this..but O, my....I feel the pounds hopping on. I know I will need to check out these dishes more and see if I can make them. I know, of course, they will not be nearly as good as if I were there having a 'native' prepare them for me. And, o, thank you for sharing.

Peter (author) from Australia on June 11, 2011:

Oh year Tim Tams are to 'die for' The are now released with the White Chocolate however I still prefer the Dark Chocolate Tim Tam.

Mike thanks for dropping by :-)

mike_bouma from Whitby, Ontario, Canada on June 11, 2011:

Mmmmmmm. Tim Tams...

Flat Management on June 03, 2011:

Vegemite is no doubt the most popular and most maligned food product.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 15, 2011:

Lisa, Thanks for dropping by :-)

Lisa on January 15, 2011:

Got some great recipe ideas here....Cool hub!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 03, 2010:

denise thanks for dropping by and yes a Pav made correctly is to absolutely 'die for'.

I have never made one cos I believe they can be tricky, getting the egg whites just right apparently is not easy?

Here is a recipe I found if you have not had any luck:

I would love to know how it turns out :-)

Peter (author) from Australia on December 03, 2010:

@jogos gratis, yes meat pies can be very interesting to say the least. There are so many different varieties of meat pies that I've lost count. LOL

denise mohan from California on December 02, 2010:

Palvora look scrumptious. Gotta google a recipe. Will share if it comes out!

jogos gratis on October 27, 2010:

Since I am from the USA, I am not familiar with some of these. The meat pie looks interesting.

Peter (author) from Australia on July 31, 2010:

Oh my eating Tim Tams when you were pregnant must have done wonders for the weight management :)

Did the baby grow up with a sweet tooth?

btw: We just had some Tim Tams with our coffee :-)

Thanks for dropping in and sharing with us!

lou16 on July 31, 2010:

I absolutely love tim tams, and like you I prefer the dark ones although some of the newer varieties are quite nice for a change. When I was pregnant tim tams were one of my must have food groups :)

Peter (author) from Australia on June 23, 2010:

Lady_E yes I think every time I have read this Hub I have a piece of Toast with Vegemite lol

I'm sure you can find it in London, just go to the Aussie Quarter, I can't quite remember where that is, and ask an Aussie for some. Tell em I sent you!

Don't be fooled by the other comments though, it may look like Marmite but Vegemite does have a different taste!

Lady_E thanks so much for dropping by :-)

Elena from London, UK on June 23, 2010:

This is nice - got me peckish though after reading.

I would love to taste this Vegemite. Not sure if it's in London. (we have Marmite). Meanwhile, I've learnt some new things about aussie food. Cheers.

elenne on May 20, 2010:

it is very nice

Peter (author) from Australia on April 06, 2010:

Michael Shane thanks for dropping by:-)

In Australia we certainly do have some unique food :-)

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on April 06, 2010:

Got some great recipe ideas here....Cool hub!

Peter (author) from Australia on February 18, 2010:

nwright 1080 yes I'm sure that you will enjoy the food :)

nwright1080 from New York, USA on February 18, 2010:

i'm looking forward to visiting my best friend who is based in perth and tasting your australian delicacies. yum!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 06, 2009:

aquaseaCreative, lol , then you have gotta be a fair dinkum aussie, right ? ;-)

Thanks for commenting !!!

aquaseaCreative on December 06, 2009:

I couldn't vote - I have tried ALL of the above.

Peter (author) from Australia on October 26, 2009:

prasetio30 , yep Tim Tams are great mate they have a larger variety out now with different types of Chololate

You should try Vegemite and let me know what you think ?

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 25, 2009:

it looks great food. I like Tim Tam biscuit.

Peter (author) from Australia on July 07, 2009:

G/D , now you see why I tell you not to speak with something in your mouth. Oh my, young people these days , rush , rush, rush.

Do you ever stop to smell the roses ? ;-) At your age I didn't either.

ps . G/D thanks for making my day .

G/D on July 07, 2009:

G/Pa , Aussie Pavlova just melt my mouth ... just by looking at them. You have to promise me some when I come visit you. And what the hell are these Lamingtons? They look so yummy. Am not the 'kitchy-feely' type so didn't read the recipies or recipices? whatever.

P.S. Did I just say , melt my mouth? eh?

Peter (author) from Australia on June 29, 2009:

RedElf, the pleasure is all mine, I feel that we have met before somewhere, maybe déjà vu ?

Ah the steak and kidney pie one of my very own favorites. I do not think I have come across a Tourtiere in my travels.

It is always fun to run across an Elf especially a red one, makes one wonder what could possibly make an Elf red ? Hmmmmm ;-)

RedElf from Canada on June 29, 2009:

This is too cool. Thanks for all the fun inof. The meat pie version I grew up with was the Beefsteak and Kidney Pie, an English treat, or my French ancestor's Tourtiere (did a blog on that one). What fun to finally meet you.

Peter (author) from Australia on June 26, 2009:

Sandyspider, I think Australian meat pies are now being exported all around the world including the USA, but I would not know to which towns.

If you eat meat pies, these are very nice and must conform to certain standards for consumption. I had one on Thursday for lunch and I'm still ok . lol

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 26, 2009:

Since I am from the USA, I am not familiar with some of these. The meat pie looks interesting.

MindField from Portland, Oregon on June 09, 2009:

My understanding is that she's one of the top food experts / cookbook writers in Australia. I have one of her books and it is glorious.

Peter (author) from Australia on June 04, 2009:

G'day Mindfield, Its been a trying week or two, now that would be an understatement ;-). Iv'e been investigating other things while this Hub challenge has been going on. Sorry I have'nt got to your comment sooner. I think it slipped under the radar with the 6000+ emails in my in box.

I'm not sure if I know about Maggie Beer, did I say that before?

Who or what is she. ?

MindField from Portland, Oregon on May 28, 2009:

Did I write before? I meant to (it's been a long and trying week or two). Great hub but I'm putting all my money on Maggie Beer and her fab recipes since I lost my taste for 'fast food' years ago. It's not that I get to eat food like Maggie's - it's just what I crave.

Peter (author) from Australia on May 20, 2009:

GMONEY no I've never had chop sui taro, Is it vegetarian.?

GMONEY on May 20, 2009:


Peter (author) from Australia on January 25, 2009:

I think she's got it ,I do believe this shielas got it!

The rine in spine falls on the bloody pline!

My weekend is now shot as we say. I don't think I fancy that snow.

We also have the "hot dog" but that is a red "mystery bag" , as you say with the optional onion , cheese and mustard. Puts hair on your chest, so to speak?

You have a good night now !

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on January 25, 2009:

Thanks for clearing up snaggers (or snags, not to be confused with Sensitive New Aged Guys) - lol.  That's what we call Brauts or Brats - not to be confused with two-legged brats. lol (Sorry - couldn't come up with an acronym beyond Brats Running Around...)

We cook them on the Barbie too, and wrap them in a "hot dog" bun (another form of white bread), but instead of tomato sauce, douse them with mustard, preferably of the brown or "hot" variety, and chopped onions (optional). But leaving the onions off kinda marks ya as a wuss.

Nicole and Keith American? Guess they are since they put down roots in Nashville.

You have a good weekend too!  (Strine isn't as difficult as I thought!)

Peter (author) from Australia on January 24, 2009:

Hi JamaGenee, I guess we just have to teach you to speak "Strine", and to think I just offered you the job of PM.  Snaggers or Snags for short (but not to be confused with us Sensitive New Aged Guys) in the correct context are really Sausages. In our case normally thin and beef or chicken cooked on a Barbie (yes we do call em that) and wrapped in a slice of bread dripping with Tomato Sauce, and garnished with onion (optional).

Nicole and Keith arnt they American? ;-[)

An example of strine is "avagedwiken"

Thanks for the visit.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on January 24, 2009:

Geez, I feel like the outsider at a high school reunion!  As in, if ya went to school elsewhere, it's hard to follow the conversation.  But I love learning about other cultures and "get" that shrimp on a barbie is shrimp cooked on a BBQ (or whatever you call it in OZ), but what are snaggers? And why no mention of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban?

Peter (author) from Australia on January 18, 2009:

Hi moonlake, I'm pleased that you enjoyed the Hub.

The short answer to your question is yes I used Photoshop but there are other options.

I have been using it for some time and it does take a while to get the hang of it.

If I can help at all drop me an email! from the profile box!

moonlake from America on January 18, 2009:

Enjoyed this hub. Have to ask the photo you have in your profile did you use a special program to get the look with the cartoon art on it.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on January 10, 2009:

Agvulpes- Thanks but no thanks I do want to get married and not yet ready for saint hood...LOL Yes no doubt about the subject's attraction or should it be attractive distraction..hehe. Btw I hope you do initiate the process soon as that would be a boon....LOL

Peter (author) from Australia on January 10, 2009:

hello countrywomen, you do have a very kind heart to be always thinking of other people. Perhaps I should consider canonizing you?

It usually takes a long time for canonising to be decreded but in this case I will intecede on Sandras behalf. LOL.

At least I will have more attractive material to work with than Misha.

I will pop over and see Sandra.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on January 09, 2009:

Agvulpes- I just thought I would pitch in for Sandra as she wants to be canonized like St.Misha over here:

(Hopefully you will consider her candidature kindly) :-)

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 06, 2009:

gotcha - thanks - pretty obvious when you know but it was the missing "H" that threw me!   cheers

Peter (author) from Australia on January 05, 2009:

Well after some serious research I have discovered that good old Jon C.

now refers to himself as Mr. John Clarke,


You can read about him here:-

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 05, 2009:

Jon Clarke AKA Fred Dagg.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 05, 2009:

Would you know who Jon C is ag?

Peter (author) from Australia on January 05, 2009:

Lgali nice to see you thanks for dropping by.

Yes we sure love our cricket, but our fortunes are not with us at the moment we are getting a belting from South Africa.

Lgali on January 05, 2009:

very nice stuff from a cricket mania country

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 05, 2009:

Pardon my ignorance TOF but who is Jon C.?

Peter (author) from Australia on January 05, 2009:

TOF you forgot about Sir Murray Rivers mate.

And what about Dame Tiki?

Knock the top off a Fosters mate!


The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 05, 2009:

Mel Gibson:

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, USA as the sixth of eleven children to parents Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Ann Gibson, who was born in Australia.

Jon Clarke (Fred Dagg) is earning his pelf in your land of opportunity, an accurate reflection on how we pay our more capable lampoonists.

Bee Gees? Surely poms in tight underwear? great songs though. Olivia - A Brit of Welsh And German ancestry

And bugger the naughty corner, I've installed mirrors and direct lines to Osama, Obama and BT Evilpants.

We gave you Joh Bjelke Petersen, What more did you want for Christmas? - all the rest of our aspiring polititians? you can have them and God bless, Jon C. could train them well.

Like Cheers, eh,


ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 04, 2009:

sorry ag I really don't want to go into the naughty corner so i will desist and play "nice" now! cheers

Peter (author) from Australia on January 04, 2009:

OK you two I'll put you in the naughty corner, but anyway as I was saying, them there Pavs sure taste nice don't they.?

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 04, 2009:

well I just love Fred Dagg but I guess he is a new Zealander so we can only enjoy him - not claim him as one of ours!  but in the same vein there is also Mel Gibson, Olivia Neutron Bomb, and the Bee Gees... good collaborations really so it's all good!  

but to answer your assertion TOF, about all the trans-tasman thievery, here is a valid thought maybe the reading of the women's magazine took place after the Australian creation and it was a New Zealander who joined up the dots however in the spirit of international diplomacy we could call it a fabulous trans tasman collaboration - & only one of many -  cheers

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 03, 2009:

ag: WA's that other place where the river flows upside down. The crows fly backwards there I hear so we can collaborate on that too and let them have Russell.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

And not to mention Russell Crowe. You can have him back!

I'm quite happy to call the Pav a collaborative piece, how about you?

btw where is WA. It's as far away from me as you are!

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 03, 2009:

And Split Enz, and Fred Dagg.

aj: The pavlova is an Australian or New Zealand dessert, a single-layered meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, marshmallow centre, topped with whipped cream and fruit. The confection was popularised when the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australasia in 1925. Whether the final perfecting and naming of the cake was the achievement of Australians or New Zealanders is a matter of national rivalry. One explanation of the pavlova’s origins is that a West Australian chef found a recipe in a New Zealand women’s magazine and adapted it – an explanation which happily gives each country its own piece of the cake.

So there you go, another bit of trans-Tasman thievery. I can understand West Aussie cooks looking at women's mags'. What surprises me is that the bugger could read.

Cheers mate.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

G'day marco thanks for dropping by and becoming a fan, I know mrs.macs's pies very well, and have in fact enjoyed many washed down with the good old Coke. I thought they were only available in Melbourne?

They say now that the old charred snag is not good for you. Something about it being carcinogentic. But what isn't these days?

marcofratelli from Australia on January 03, 2009:

Haha, great hub on Aussie foods. All I'll add to the aussie meat pie section is "if it ain't a mrs. macs, take it back!"

How about a shrimp on the barbie or some good old charred snaggers? lol

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

Yeah aj the Hub monster gets me sometimes you gotta watch it?

You give these Kiwis an inch and they want a mile. The next thing you know they will want to claim Phar Lap!

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 03, 2009:

Sorry AG the hub page comment monster lost me and then found me again with my comment on your page still in it's half a..ed fashion! Hope you had a Happy New Year and that Fosters helped to make it better!

All I can say about the modelling is that there are models and there are models!

re Anne Pavlova the term of her life years are from 1885 to 1931, and TOF's Wikipedia reference says "that it was an Australian invention and that the pavlova is based on a cake baked by Bert Sachse at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth on October 3, 1935,[citation needed] significantly later than the New Zealand claim."

This I am afraid doesn't ring true as the poor woman was  well and truly under the sod by then 1931. And we Aussies all know that the Perth chef created the dessert when Anna Pavlova was actually touring Australia, in particular Perth.

Hope this helps to clear up this little Aust/NZ problem of ownership of one of the world's best desserts! cheers

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2009:

Let me get this straight - the Pav is all meringue? No custard? :(

Crap! You could tell what that was in my hand? I hoping it was too small to see.

Happy New Year to you too, Ag. Hope it's your best one yet!

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

G'day aj you are dead right about the Pav, are you offering to pose as the model?

I'm not sure that many ballerinas (or should that be ballerini) were all that curvacious!

I hope you had a great new year's and wish you all the best for this year of 2009.

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

Hey TOF the article in Wiki was obviously written by a Kiwi.

"The exact location of its first creation and the nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two countries for many years, however more serious research into the matter indicates New Zealand as source of today's pavlova."

We are so laid back over here that we will let you guys have your moment in the sun.

And about that key: we do have the key but every time we try to put it in the "key hole" there are complaints about animal cruellty.

Sorry about your 90 mile beach I thought that was referring to the circumfrence of the North Island

btw: ours is all sand!

I reckon that after a glass of your Hokonui Hooch you would be breathing fire and able to eat anything.

I have to work out how to get rid of the Marmite ad (not a good look) I would appreciate any suggestions?

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

Hey Shirley thanks for dropping in and enjoying a Lamington and a Pav with us.

All the best for the New Year and hope you have a great 2009. Really like the new avatar, not being a preacher I won't comment on the cig.

Happy probing in 2009!

ajcor from NSW. Australia on January 03, 2009:

Hi Ag - just to throw in my twopence to the Pav discussion - About PavlovaPavlova is a native Australian and New Zealander dessert. A dessert pays tribute to Ann Pavlova (1885-1931), the famous Russian ballerina. Therefore, it should be presented in the image of a curvaceous dancing figure.

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 03, 2009:

Isn't an atlas what they used before Google Earth was invented?

The only reason yous blokes can't wind up Kiwis is that we never showed yous how to use a key. We've got a 90 mile beach too. - Top end, port side.

And yeah, great New Year, no Fosters, I prefer lager. Not a lot of that either but I did a bit of damage to the Black Heart, and hope to make a still again soon. I've just been buggering about and putting it off. No real excuse, and quart bottles of clean proof spirit for less than $2 a bottle is a damn' sight better than what I pay in the bottle store. (I'll keep you posted, Hokonui [hooch] goes well with pie and train smash.)

PS Your Marmite twin-pack must be being flogged by a Sinnysidah, the discount price is $2.90 higher than list!

Shirley. A pavlova is a meringue dessert.

ag - read and weep!

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2009:

I haven't tried any of these, don't even know if you can get them here. That Pavalova looks scrumptous! Is that a custard filling? Yum! The picture of the Lamingtons confused me before I read the details. They looked like wool cubes and not very tasty at all. I'm sure as coconut covered cake, they're much better.

This is a really interesting hub, AG!

Peter (author) from Australia on January 03, 2009:

G'day TOF how was your new year. Hope you had a good one washed down with plenty of Fosters?

Your are perfectly correct about the Pav lets just enjoy the taste!

Now when it comes to Peanut butter/paste. Personally I think Butter sounds much more tastier than paste. Dont you use paste to glue things together?

Now Tof don't you know that an Aussie would never wind up a Kiwi mate?

Just check your atlas(you do know what an atlas is) round about where it says 90 mile beach!

Only kidding. Have a great 2009!!!! ;-[)

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on January 03, 2009:

Arguments over the origins the pav. have gone on since well before any of us were born, and I doubt whether we can resolve them, or really, is it worth a toss. Far more importantly which is right, peanut butter or peanut paste?

(You're just winding me up over 90 mile beach aren't you?)

Peter (author) from Australia on December 31, 2008:

Thank you countrywomen and may I say 2008 has been made more pleasurable by your company. We are about to start our celebration, it is now 10pm.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 31, 2008:

Happy New Year to all those whom I may miss in my sleep due to time zones.

Peter (author) from Australia on December 30, 2008:

livelonger tis a shame about the Aussie dollar.

Victoria hides the best beaches in the world from everyone else, we want to keep them a secret so they don't get crowded.

We have one called the "Ninety Mile Beach" which stretches for..... well 90 miles.

All the best for the new year may 2009 bring better times!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on December 30, 2008:

OT: Unfortunately, we didn't manage to make it to Melbourne. We only visited Sydney & Townsville (friends lived in both cities). So many highlights! We loved snorkeling/diving on the Great Barrier Reef, climbing the Harbour Bridge, hiking along the beaches (from Coogee to Bondi) - those are probably our fondest memories. The only downside was the very weak US$ compared to AU$ - it was an expensive trip!

Next time we hope to visit Melbourne, and I'll be sure to try Tim Tams.

Peter (author) from Australia on December 29, 2008:

livelonger great to hear that we Ozzies can contribute to the world culture even if it is with the humble meat pie. So Paj is Polish for Pie. interesting!

I hope that you enjoyed your trip to Australia, did you get to Melbourne.

I would be interested to hear your highlights? You really should have tried the Tim Tams! They are delicious!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 29, 2008:

TOF, thanks for the info on the rutabaga. Never could bring myself to like swedes (the vege variety), they reminded me too much of pumkin. Yuk.

I bow to your superior knowledge on the Cornish Pastie, but am still not totally convinced on the Pav as yet.

As Tom Cruise once said "Show me the money"? Maybe not the right quote but you get the idea!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on December 29, 2008:

Great Hub! Love Vegemite, and Pavlova - both introduced to us by Australian family friends when I was a kid. I remember seeing Tim Tam when we were in AU last year (but didn't try it).

In Poland, I saw a frozen "Australijski Paj" (Australian Pie) in our supermarket. As a vegetarian, it didn't appeal to me, but it makes sense that it's popularized outside of the Antipodes and there are a lot of Poles, apparently, in Australia, that have taken the flavor of Oz back home with them.

The Old Firm from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on December 29, 2008:

Hi AG, in order:

1. A rutabaga is a swede.

2. In the old recipe books my mother had, Cornish pasties had meat as well as vegetables (laid out in parallel strips, not mixed.)

3. Pav. originated in NZ, keep yer thieving mits off.

All the best for the New Year.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on December 27, 2008:

Yes AG am about halfway - so I guess I don't have to vote for the other "city"!! I have many friends there who would love us to return to live there... maybe one day...cheers

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

*Ag looks over shoulder*

Ohh, you mean me? ;-[)

gwendymom from Oklahoma on December 27, 2008:

lmao, your so cute!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

Hi gwendy great to see you it has been ages since we spoke, its such a busy time of the year catching up with family and stuff.

I'm sure if you came to visit we could do lunch. I'd just like to know what the "something" is ?

gwendymom from Oklahoma on December 27, 2008:

Hi ag, great hub. I am such a foodie and it interests me to hear of foods that I am not familiar with. I have never tried any of the above named foods but would love to give them a try. Maybe I will have to come visit and we can have lunch or something.

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

Hi Chris thanks for the tip. I'll put a link here so anyone else can see your show.

Just click on the link and when you get to Chris's Hub scroll down to the YouTube capsule and enjoy!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

Hi aj / annie you are right about the Tim Tams , I was going to include that in the Hub but I thought it might have grossed out our American friends. It does taste delicious though don't it?

And Annie you are right about Melbourne being the best. It was voted the most livable city in the world a while back. You can be impartial because you are about half way in between. Yes?

B.T. Evilpants from Hell, MI on December 27, 2008:

Welsh pasties may well be all veggies. Glad I'm not Welsh! Here in Michigan, they have meat. Traditionally, beef. And a rutabaga is an extremely tasty root vegetable. As for the lard, it has a pretty good shelf life, as Hell is frozen over at the moment.

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on December 27, 2008:

Hey, Ag! Ok. I got the thing on YouTube, so now you can watch it. Had to make a slide show to go with it...but it's there now in a YouTube capsule!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

BT , I aways was under the impression that pasties (welsh) did not have any meat, only vegies. I may be sticking out my neck but what is rutabaga.?

I have just had a vegemite sandwich for lunch, but your right the pav sure looks more appetizing.

I would imagine that the lard would melt pretty quick in Hell.

ajcor from NSW. Australia on December 27, 2008:

great hub AG/Peter - love them all with the tiny exception of the dim sim - we always called the meat pie the mystery bag - fried rice flied lice - and of course lamos made by the local ladies of the CWA were to die for - and as for the the pavlova that is the best of our uniquely Australian desserts which was made in Perth to honour A.Pavlova - btw have you ever tried breaking the upper corner off a Tim Tam and sucking your coffee up thru the break; bit like using the Tim Tam as a straw - my sons introduced me to that one! Hope you had a terrific Christmas ....cheers

ps I still think that Melbourne is the best despite living in NSW!!!

B.T. Evilpants from Hell, MI on December 27, 2008:

In my area, we have our own meat pies. They're called pasties, and they are my fevorite! The generally accepted recipe around here consists of meat, potatoes, rutabaga, and lard. I have to say, Ag, the pavlova looks WAY more appetizing than vegemite! Thanks for the education!

Peter (author) from Australia on December 27, 2008:

Hi Angie thanks for dropping by and leaving a kind comment. I'm sure you will find many things uniquely Australian when you visit. Make sure you get to Melbourne, regardless of what your boyfriend says,cos Melbourne is the BEST!

*pokes out tongue at Angie's boyfriend.*

Angie497 on December 27, 2008:

Thank you for a wonderful hub! My boyfriend is from Sydney, so I've become very curious about anything and everything Australian. I'm going to have to take this list with me when I head down under so I can be sure to try them all!

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