The whole world (and the internet) seem to have been taken over by a bunch of ‘healthy’ food bloggers, what with the amount of green produce seen on cafe tables all over the world – and Australia in particular. While we wholeheartedly support the movement, in an attempt to balance the scales, we thought we would give a shout out to some of the most popular junk foods down under.
Not as refined as other incarnations across the world, the Aussie version consists of a thick slab of gelatine-set vanilla custard sandwiched by flimsy pieces of pastry and topped off with appropriate icing favored in the relevant locale. For those looking to indulge their cravings, join the horde of the like-minded at the Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph this August.
A staple at all kinds of gatherings, be it the local playground, the family barbecue, or even the voting booth, the humble sausage dish is, without a doubt, Australia’s favorite lunchtime snack. Fancy flourishes are unnecessary and simplicity remains key. The sausages should be of beef, ideally cheap and plain. It is to be served on a thick slice of highly processed white bread (no sandwiches or rolls). Accompaniments of tomato sauce and onion can be tolerated in a pinch. This makes it perfect to be held onto in one hand, leaving the other free to toss a ball or swig from a can.
The iconic Streets launched the famous Gaytime in 1959 but turned the golden dish that it is only in 1970. It had to compete with a variety of fellow incarnations that included Cassata Roma, Raspberry Rough, Strawberry Shortcake and Turkish Delight, before the beloved icon that we all know prevailed.
A perfect companion for an Aussie summer at the beach or in the burbs, it comes with a toffee-vanilla ice cream at the center, that has been dipped in chocolate and coated in honeycomb biscuit crumbs.
The snack that is bizarrely referred to as a ‘hand pie’ in the states, it’s the unlikely combo of one’s meal with a sweet dessert. It’s understandably still somewhat of a novelty in the rest of the world. The veteran Aussie pie is a simple affair of rich, ground beef and gravy packed into a pastry and served with tomato sauce as an accompaniment.
The pastry shell inevitably gives up on its feeble attempt at structural integrity, eventually ending up as an ubiquitous hot mess, affecting third-degree burns on both mouth and hands. Some adventurous folk inject some tomato sauce into the interior – an ingenious way to cool down the scalding innards.
Another ludicrously sweet baked stalwart. Available in a rainbow of color combinations (the classic combo is brown, pink and white) it’s built on a foundation of sweet pastry with a faux cream interior and topped with some hardened icing.
Despite the recent tendency of adding jam that has troubled the purists, these little gems are not surprisingly the favorite sweet of children and dentists across the country.
The above-mentioned snacks are not only an essential party favorite for the likes of us caterers in Campbelltown but also a go-to favorite for most folks down under!
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