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Australians Born In October
October Australian birthdays include the man whose ashes were scattered at the North Pole by US sailors and the man who played a fundamental role in developing the atomic bomb. You'll also find athletes, ARIA and Logie winners. For those no longer with us, it's a way to remember them too.
When's the last time you told your friend they're special to you? Say it with humour with Good Friends Share or our You're Special sheep cards. Yes, we said sheep. (Bet they smile if you send it.) We've added a few more Friends cards you might enjoy sharing.
Share a smile and say hello with our free Greeting Cards today.
We Get Mail
Rats and Mice
Kim emailed me that I wrote in our Australian slang phrase area "Belt up! Meaning: you are asked stop talking, be quite in an angry way."
Kim asked if I meant "be quiet" instead of "be quite"? You're right Kim. That typo really changed the meaning. I've corrected my error. Thank you for letting me know.
Kim also suggested an old slang expression "rats and mice" which she says means something is rundown. An example: "All those shops on Smith Street are rats and mice", meaning run-down in appearance. I confess I have not heard that one. Has anyone else?
Aussies Did It First
Just for fun ... how many of these Australian firsts did you know about?
Crisco or Copha
I get lots of emails offering helpful advice. I decided to answer this one here because it concerns confusion about recipe conversions.
Phoebe wrote in an email, "... Copha can be used in place of vegetable shortening in icing. You just need to melt it first then let it cool (not back to a solid just not warm) and then beat it into the butter until thick and creamy. Then you add the icing sugar mixture. I decorate cakes using the Wilton buttercream recipe using Copha in place of vegetable shortening."
Crisco is only melted when used for frying. For frosting or in cake or bickie batter, it's soft enough to mix just as it is in the can or cubes.
If you substitute Copha in an American recipe that calls for Crisco you would probably get more of a hard glossy icing and less fluffy volume.
If you need a substitue in American recipes for vegetable shortening use butter. It won't come out exactly the same, but you will get better results than if you used Copha or lard.
What is it?
The vegetable shortening Copha is 100% fat
with 98% of it saturated fat. Made from hydrogenated coconut oil,
most Australians store Copha in the refrigerator. It is trademarked and only made in Australia. Coconut fat is
made in other countries with a variety of manufacturers and
This is just a very small sample of Australian inventions. Since our earliest days as a young country, Australians have been among the top inventors in agriculture, mining, maritime and aeronautical problems in need of solutions.
From the mechanical sheep shears to scramjets to polymer banknotes to gene silencing and the Jindalee Radar System, you'll find Australian researchers solving problems across a variety of fields. These are the people that make all our lives better.