Want to know exactly what an Australian eats? Well, you’re in luck, we are going to walk you through brekkie (breakfast), what we snack on, how to host a true Aussie barbie (BBQ) and the absolute classics that will have you chomping at the bit to try them!
First things first, ‘Brekkie’
Aussie breakfast starts out similar for most people (no we don’t have avocado on toast every day). Firstly, is it is the classic Weet-Bix, throw some in a bowl of milk with either a sprinkle of brown sugar, a dollop of honey, or some sliced banana. As a kid this was our usual go to, not to mention every sporting hero on our tellies was sponsored by Weet-Bixs. Next, you have vegemite egg soldiers. First, you want to throw some bread in the toaster, then you want to soft boil a few eggs. When they’re cooked find yourself an egg cup, spread some vegemite on your toast then cut it into 8-10 finger sized dippers. Knock the top off your egg and dip those tasty soldiers in!
How to host your first barbie
To start the barbie right you need to get yourself some snags (sausages). Snags are an essential item for pulling off an Aussie barbie. Make sure you’ve got bread, tomato sauce, and onions ready to go with them. barbecued onions are essential – thinly slice a few onions, throw them on the barbie with some oil and sugar (only a tablespoon or so) and caramelise. There are plenty of Australian approved ways to classy up your barbie if snags aren’t for you. You could try some beetroot burgers or prawn and avo skewers (we call them prawns not shrimp). Now a beetroot burger might sound strange, but that tangy and sweet veggie will have you wondering why you haven’t added it before. When you’re invited to an Aussie barbie make sure you bring a salad. A favourite would be the Asian crunchy noodle salad, everyone will have a story of how their mums used to make this classic. Aussie barbies usually involve a lot of beer so make sure everyone is aware of your gas smoker safety, you might want to dedicate someone to enforce this, so you don’t have a trip to the hospital ruining your barbie.
What are the sweetest treats?
Now in Australia when you go for your sweet afternoon treat there are three things you need to know. The classic Tim Tam. Now, this is something that will most likely be life changing. Grab your Tim Tam and bite off two opposite corners, use one corner as a straw to drink your cold milk or hot coffee, you can thank us later. The next thing you reach for is your good old Lamington, this is a brilliant snack made up of sponge cake rolled in chocolate and coconut Lastly, you’ll want to grab yourself a Vanilla Slice from the bakery. The name might seem unassuming; however, the Vanilla Slice is an iconic treat. The slice has a crispy pastry bottom and top, with a thick, vanilla custard filling.
We would never forget the classics
We all know that vegemite is a classic Aussie condiment, here are a few others. A true Aussie favourite is Milo whether you have it hot, cold or on top of your ice cream, it is delicious. However, some mums got really creative with it and made some beauties. The Milo bubble bars, Milo ice blocks and Milo filled macaroons. The kids whose mums made these treats were popular at recess.
At every Aussie birthday party under 10 (maybe 20) is fairy bread. You make fairy bread by buttering some white bread and pouring hundreds and thousands on it then cutting small triangles or squares. Now that may sound odd, but it is truly a delicacy. If you mention fairy bread to any Aussie adult you will see memories of childhood and happiness floating past their eyes.
So, there you have it, now you know the key foods you should know to eat like a local here in Australia. Now go out and enjoy yourself a fairy bread sandwich (it will make you totally cultured).
*All thoughts and opinions remain the authors own and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments of Sareta Fontaine.