Taste of Home
Forget the sourdough starter and get into the Aussie spirit with these iconic recipes that made our country famous. We’ve got everything from meat pies, lamingtons and hot cross buns to cooking with lemon myrtle and saltbush. Added bonus, we've added a section helping you find where you can buy your Aussie fix here in the US!
Iconic Aussie Recipes
- Anzac biscuits Is there anything more Australian than a home baked Anzac biccie? Dating back to WWI, these biscuits were said to be sent by wives to troops abroad because they’d last the distance and not spoil easily, providing a little taste of home. Here's two recipes we can vouch for: Traditional recipe via Australian War Memorial AND Modern recipe via Women's Weekly
- Aussie Burger - add pineapple and beetroot to your burger and there might be a few extra bodies around the dinner table when these are on the menu!
- Barramundi Tacos - coming into the warmer weather it's seafood season! It's also almost Cinco De Mayo, so why not combine the two and re-create these blackened barra fish tacos with mango-jalapeño salsa and pickled red cabbage (recipe in collaboration with Australis Barramundi). Yum!
- Bondi Harvest's Banana Bread - according to Google Trends (a fun fact right here) banana bread was the top searched recipe globally since March 1... so why not make it with an Aussie twist?
- Cheesymite Scrolls - oh how we miss you Bakers Delight and Brumby's bakery! Make your own scrolls and enjoy with a cuppa!
- Chocolate Crackles - Australia's equivalent to American peanut butter rice crispie treats. Another staple at children's birthday parties.
- Espresso Martini (and our preferred choice of Quarantini) - forget the Red Bull, this is the cocktail connoisseur’s way of combining caffeine and vodka, a la the perfect pick-me-up that all Aussie bartenders know.
- Fairy bread - for many Australians fairy bread is often associated with children's birthday parties but it continues to be a favourite nostalgic treat.
- Four Pillars Gin Cocktails - Our mates over at Four Pillars (a small Australian distillery in the Yarra Valley who sell in the US!) have come up with a selection of delicious cocktails to kick off your weekend.
- Greg Norman’s Avocado Deviled Eggs - Cheers to our mate Greg for this Aussie inspired appetizer!
- Honey Joys - Get nostalgic with these kid's party favourites and super easy recipe using very few ingredients: corn flakes, butter, sugar, and honey!
- Iced VoVos - recreate your own buttery biscuit topped with pink fondant icing, a strip of jam, and sprinkles of coconut.
- Koala cupcakes- these cute lamington cupcakes are in the shape of your favourite Aussie animal!
Lemon Myrtle Tea Cake - Packed with flavour using the leaves of the native lemon myrtle to infuse the cake with a sweet aroma and delicate taste, it makes an ideal addition to your afternoon tea.
- Lebovitz’s Lamingtons- an old favourite and an Aussie classic, need we say more?
- Meat Pies with Vegemite - trust us, you'll love the salty, savoury flavour Vegemite gives to your homemade meat pies. And if you don’t have Vegemite you can sub it for 1 cube vegetable bouillon!
- Perfect Pavlova - there's nothing more authentically Australian than serving up a classic pav piled with cream and fruit at the end of a summer's day barbie. And bonus: they're a lot easier to make than they look!
- Peppermint Slice - chocolate and peppermint... a match made in heaven *drools*. Recreate a childhood favourite with Donna Hay's chocolate peppermint slice recipe.
- Sally’s Hot Cross Buns - while hot cross buns are a traditional Easter food and typically eaten on Good Friday, we think they're so tasty that they can be enjoyed all year round!
- Sausage Rolls - seasoned, fresh sausage wrapped in a flaky, buttery pastry... delicious for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Wagon Wheels - (no, this is not a song by Darius Rucker or Bob Dylan), think raspberry jam and melted marshmallows between two biscuits (or cookies) and dipped in chocolate.
For the avid chefs (or Americans who want to impress an Aussie)
Smashed Avo and Egg toast with Vegemite - This isn't just any avo on toast, it's Greg's Kitchens' "world famous budget Aussie Smashed Egg and Avocado Toast featuring the iconic Aussie salty spread, Vegemite!". If you've forgotten what the Aussie accent sounds like, enjoy the video below ;)
The perfect Aussie snag aka a Bunnings snag. We haven’t linked to a recipe for this one because as Australians it is a rite of passage to know how to make a Bunnings snag. Follow these simple steps:
1. Grill sausages (note: BUDGET beef sausages work best) and onion (note: grill in separate area of the BBQ)
2. Once cooked add your snag to a slice of white bread (note: cheapest white bread works best)
3. Add onions. This is a very important step and shouldn’t UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES be switched with step 2.
4. Add ketchup and mustard.
5. Enjoy! Please see picture below for reference:
Aussie food (and gifts) that ship within the US
- Australian Products Co - everything from Cadbury and Ribena to Australian inflatables and cork hats.
- Simply Australian - your one stop shop for hats, flags, souveneirs, skin and body care, books, apparel, food + more (they even stock Napisan and Dettol!)
- Treats from Oz - COVID-19 goodies care package anyone? Treats from Oz sell amazing care packages for your loved ones (or yourself!), as well as stocking your regular favourites - from Shapes to Tim Tams to paw paw ointment!
- The Australian Food Shop - the name says it all, everything Australian food - 2 minute noodles (university days anyone?), Twisties, Weetbix, care packages + more.
- Aussie Food Express - Australian lollies, foods, clothing, household products, boots, accessories + more.
- World Market - fully stocked with everything you need to enjoy your arvo - Bundaberg Ginger Beer, Tim Tams, Vegemite + more.
A Tribute to The Women's Weekly Birthday Cake Book (Australia's most famous children's cookbook)
From the lolly train to the jelly pool, Women’s Weekly birthday cakes have been delighting Australian children for decades. This year, the Australian Women’s Weekly’s Children’s Birthday Cake Book turned 40 and the good news is, the book has been dug up from the archives and reprinted as a true collectors' cookbook. Recreate your favourite cakes such as the swimming pool, the princess and the iconic train from the cover for your own child. And the good news... you can buy in the US (with free shipping) through Fishpond or Amazon!
Native Australian ingredients: where to buy in the US and how to use them
Using this time to experiment in the kitchen? Forget the whipped coffee or sourdough starter and have a crack at cooking with some of these Aussie native ingredients (that you can ship to the US - yippee!)
Bushtucker, also commonly referred to as bushfood, is any ingredient native to Australia’s climate and geography that is used by Aboriginal Australians for culinary or medicinal purposes. If you are curious about the native flavours Aboriginal Australians use, there are four must have ingredients to add to your pantry including saltbush, lemon myrtle, bush tomato and kakadu plum:
Native to both Australia and North America, the dry arid and semi arid climates allow saltbush to thrive inland in every state of Australia.
Lemon myrtle is naturally occurring in the wetter coastal areas of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
- Purchase authentic Australian lemon myrtle (ships to US)
- Recipe to try: Lemon Myrtle whole baked fish
Bush tomato grows naturally through the central deserts from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory to Marla, South Australia.
- Purchase authentic Australian bush tomato seasoning (ships to US)
- Recipe to try: Bush tomato soup with parmesan crisps
Kakadu Plum is found growing wildly throughout the subtropical woodlands (Kakadu Park) of the Northern Territory and the state of Western Australia.
- To purchase authentic Australian kakadu plum powder (ships to US)
- Recipe to try: Kakadu plum and ginger energy balls