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Australian Foods??

cmon Jun 18, 2007 03:46 PM

We are having an office luncheon with an Australian theme and I have to make the "main dish". I'm sorry but I am ignorant in the Australian menu. Any ideas for a dish that could be shared with 25 people in an office setting and screams Australia? Thank you so much!

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  1. purple goddess RE: cmon Jun 18, 2007 03:59 PM

    meat pies and sauce.

    And Pavlova for dessert..

    MUST have pav.

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      drobbia RE: cmon Jun 18, 2007 04:03 PM

      Throw a few shrimp on the barbie --- too easy,sorry!

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      1. re: drobbia
        cankles RE: drobbia Jun 18, 2007 07:09 PM

        I'd second Meat Pies (Pot pies they call them in the USA I think). If you can find them Sausage Rolls too.

        Lamington's could be a good dessert too.

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        bettylee RE: cmon Jun 18, 2007 09:33 PM

        ANZAC biscuits

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          bettylee RE: cmon Jun 18, 2007 09:38 PM

          Oops, just realised you were looking for a main - how about anything made with lamb? I'd say kangaroo too, but I've read that the US won't import kangaroo meat. I don't know why. I hear it tastes pretty good and they are definitely not endangered.

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          1. re: bettylee
            cankles RE: bettylee Jun 18, 2007 09:42 PM

            Roo meat okay. It's pretty cheap too and uncomfortably close to the pet food section in the supermarket :-)

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              cheesemonger RE: cankles Jun 18, 2007 09:54 PM

              a) cankles is the best nom-de-plume EVER.

              b) On topic: Vegemite coated something. Just kidding, someone else will do that. I'd go with Lamb too, and I know it's not convenient, but I ate more fish-n-chips in OZ than I'd ever eaten in my life. Island nation and all that.

              oh- another thought- the "burger with the lot". There's a thread on here with that name on this board- it's a burger, with what we americans usually out on it, but also sliced beet root, a fried egg, and pineapple slices. Aussie sammies are built for hard working aussies.

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                cmon RE: cheesemonger Jun 20, 2007 07:12 AM

                Thanks everyone!

          2. Veggo RE: cmon Jun 20, 2007 07:26 AM

            It's getting a little warm for something as hot and heavy as a meat pie. How about fish? I hope purple goddess will back me up on this one - barramundi is the quintessence of Australian fish, and it has reached American markets.
            Morten Bay bugs? Not yet.

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              purple goddess RE: Veggo Jun 20, 2007 04:51 PM

              Barra or flake (gummy shark)..

              I forgot about you guys being in the middle of summer, so could you go with a Barbie?? Shrimp and all of that (altho you'd have to call them "prawns" if you're going Aussie)... lamb chops, even?

              1. re: purple goddess
                kmh RE: purple goddess Jun 21, 2007 03:06 PM


                where are you located, do you have the ability to re-heat or cook the food, etc.
                a bbq is a great idea (and it won't matter too much what you are cooking) but you said you are in an office environment so that may not work.

                I would not recommend barramundi if you are not confident it is fresh flown in from australia. if it's frozen, it doesn't retain its texture well and (in my opinion) is an inferior product - you may put people off for life!

                meat pies are very australian (don't tell the Brits). the traditional pie is a puff pastry case stuffed with a mixture something akin to sloppy joe (ground beef, gravy, onions, etc).

                if you can get good, fresh seafood, then large prawns (shrimp) in any kind of salad combo would be perfect.

                and as you can see from above, australians eat a lot more lamb than USA - you could check out www.australian-lamb.com for some ideas.

                good luck

                oh, and whatever you do, don't try to talk "strayan" it just doesn't work!

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