Advance Australia Fare: What We'll Be Eating On Australia Day

26 January 2015

G'day mates. How the bloody hell are ya? Flat out like a lizard drinking? Perhaps not yet, but it might be a different story this arvie, 'ey cobber?

In case you've been running on autopilot and rolled out of bed straight into your collared shirt, today is Australia Day. The rest of us were well aware, having stocked the eskies and tuned the dials to triple j in preparation.

Whether it's counting down the Hottest 100, setting up stumps in the backyard or getting up at 'the cracka' to get your hands on a communal barbecue, Australia Day means living the great Australian dream and taking a great Australia bite out of some classic eats. You're likely to find the following in high supply today.

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Meat Pies

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 Whether it's homemade or defrosted, Aussies love their meat pies

Ah, the meat pie – recently chosen to represent our sunburnt land in the Asian Cup's anthology of national dishes.

Can a servo (see: gas station) snack really be our most iconic fare? Most of us keep pies in the freezer for lazy weekday suppers – we don't serve them up on fine china to dinner party guests – but perhaps that's part of the humble meat pie's charm.

In celebrating the colonisation of the country, what better way to do so than with a meat pie? We'll pass on the mushy peas though.

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Lamb

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 Throw another chop on the barbie, Shazza!

Fire up the barbie and do your country a solid by eating lamb this Australia Day. That's what Sam Kekovich has been urging Aussies to do since his original 'eat lamb' address way back in 2006.

"We might not have lost the Ashes if our cricketers had picked up a lamb chop instead of their mobile phones," Sam encouraged, prior to three wins and two splendid whitewashes.

This year, it's Richie Benaud doing the cutlet crusading, with some special guests coming round for a good old-fashioned grill including Ita Buttrose, Ned Kelly and Captain Cook.

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Lamingtons

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 The ultimate Australia Day dessert: Lammos!

Much like the great pavlova debate, those wiley Kiwis have tried to claim ownership of our favourite sponge cake delicacy.

Thought to have originated in Queensland (in Toowoomba of all places), the lamington is a square of vanilla sponge cake, dipped in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. They may also take the form of two squares melded together with a jam and cream centre, but this isn't compulsory.

The lamington is a staple of CWA cookbooks, has been modernised as part of the cupcake crave wave and even inspired supermarket-brand ice cream flavours. Gotta love a lammo.

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Sausage Sizzle

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 The sausage sizzle is an Australian institution

All Australians unite in their love of a good sausage sizzle. Vegetarians may be the exception, though a meat-free friend of mine admitted she does enjoy the aroma.

The sausage sizzle is the silver lining of political elections and weekend trips to Bunnings. The sausage must be thin and of high quality, the bread should be a fresh, white sandwich loaf, and the onions caramelised to perfection.

Apart from barbecued snags, you'll probably come across a bowl of nuked cheerios (baby saveloys or cocktail sausages) with blistered red skin and tomato sauce for dipping. Bonus points if it's Dick Smith's OzEsauce.

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Cheesymite Scrolls

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 Delicious, nutritious cheesymite scrolls (Image: Andrew Young)

Vegemite is an Australian breakfast ritual. The yeasty, tar-like spread is an acquired taste for sure, but the happy little Vegemites who grew up with Vege on toast are hooked on the junk. We're even willing to pay obscene amounts at international grocery stores to get our hands on the black and gold goodness.

As we get older, however, it becomes less socially acceptable to eat Vegemite toast soldiers with the crusts cut off. Instead, we get our B vitamins fix in the form of a Cheesymite scroll.

Sources tell me a certain chain bakery uses Marmite, which is just plain un-Australian. We suggest you DIY, or brave the special edition 'Vegemite caramel scroll' ice cream from Gelatissimo.

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Golden Gaytimes / Paddle Pops

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 Paddle Pops & Golden Gaytimes get an A-Day makeover

Those who giggle have not experienced the glory that is a Golden Gaytime. This frosted 1950s-era treat is toffee ice cream with a vanilla ice cream centre, dipped in a soft chocolate coating and covered in biscuit crumbs.

In a special Australia Day event, Streets ice cream is releasing a limited edition Green & Golden Gaytime and Paddle Pop Aussie Rainbow – also green and gold. STRAYA!

... and to wash it all down? Kirks soft drink – lemon squash, creaming soda, pasito or something of equal ability to service your dentist's down-payment on a new BMW.

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Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg