When comparing Australian foods, it’s not merely that we use different words for the same thing. The actual product is different because the ingredients, such as the spices used, are often different in much the same way that Coke is different from Pepsi, though both are soft drinks.
|Bush Tucker||food from native plants and animals|
|Elevenses||light, mid-morning tea or coffee break|
|Morning Tea||light, mid-morning tea or coffee break|
|Tea||light meal late afternoon or main meal in the evening. Also a drink.|
|Afternoon Tea||tea or coffee break|
|Main||a meal’s main course. Entree to Americans.|
|Anzac biscuits||traditional crisp cookie sent in tins to Aussie soldiers at the battlefields during World War I|
|Baba||small, rich sponge cake usually soaked in rum|
|Damper||unleavened bush bread. Traditionally the dough was wrapped around a stick and cooked in the campfire coals or put into an iron pot and buried in hot coals. Golden syrup is poured in the hole left by the stick.|
|Lamington||traditional small sponge cake squares covered in chocolate icing and then in desiccated coconut. It is an Australian original and named after Lord Lamington, governor of Queensland (1895 -1901)|
|Pavlova, Pav||traditional meringue dessert with glazed fruit on top named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova|
Biscuits (cookies) in Australia tend to be drier than in America. The US version of Rice Bubbles (Rice Crispies) is much louder than ours when you add milk. (Interesting the American version is louder.)
Speaking of cereals, Cheerios in the USA is a cereal, but in Australia it’s small cocktail sausages. Quite a difference!
Bacon rashers are very different from American bacon as well. Our bacon includes the more expensive cut of meat that Americans call Canadian bacon. On the other hand, American meal portions are far more generous than you’ll get here.
You would think keeping your weight under control would be easier here because of the smaller portions. Unfortunately we have wonderful pastry like real whipped cream apple turn-overs. That’s another kilo on the hips just thinking about it.
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