Sunday, 3 December 2017

Australian Culture (Mostly the Food)

Sometimes I discover something about another country, or the way someone else lives, and it shocks me because I never even thought about the fact that someone could live differently in that regard.

For example, not everyone eats Vegemite. And while I may have been able to accept that, apparently there are countries in which shops don't even sell Vegemite?? My uncle lives in an Asian country, and my grandmother has to ship him big jars of it. The downside of international travel/living.

Recently, someone told me that in Europe, people don't eat pumpkin. I don't know how true this is, but I can't even imagine. No roast pumpkin? No pumpkin scones? Pumpkin fruit cake? Pumpkin is such a common vegetable in my life, the idea that some people don't even consider eating it made me think more about differences in culture.

And I think I'm rambling here, because I was thinking of another post and then decided to go with food and I'm writing posts at 11pm again and why do I do this to myself.

BASICALLY. AUSTRALIAN FOOD TODAY. Because I know a lot of the blogosphere is based in the U.S.A. And I thought I might introduce you to a new culture.

...I know. It isn't as though I don't speak English. (And only English, sadly.) How different could the culture be??

...and that is what I'm arguing against today. Just because Australia is an English-speaking country doesn't mean it can't have a culture different to other English-speaking countries.

And so. many. people. don't know what they're missing. Because we have some good stuff here, mate. Today: the food.


I'm going to start with the obvious. If you didn't read my Of Cookies and Books tag (WHAT why not??) then you won't have seen my confession: I've never eaten a cookie in my life

(For those of you who have read my Cookies/Books post, that probably seemed... a little melodramatic and repetitive??)

Anyway. I've never eaten a cookie, because we call them biscuits.

In the comments of that post, Kate Marie and I tried to figure out the various differences between the Americans' and the Aussies' terms for various foods. It was hard! And I still don't know! So here's a little run-down of some of the Aussie foods involved in the discussion; please tell me if you have them in America and what you call them!

Biscuits: Your "cookies" (I know this one! I'm so proud of myself. I'm basically multicultural now.)
Scones: Round biscuity things except taller and made of dough; can be made with pumpkin or dried fruit; sweet, typically eaten with jam (and cream, if you're feeling Pommy ;P).
Damper: (we did not discuss this one) Like a giant scone, except wrapped in alfoil and buried in coals to cook, instead of an oven.
Dumplings: These ones aren't sweet; we put them in stew and stuff. Sometimes.

(I'm still confused as to what your "biscuits" are. I thought they might have been our scones, or dumplings, but maybe not??)

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Now we have all those excellent and dictionary-worthy definitions of the various doughy things out of the way, I'm going to go into detail about a few important biscuits.

Anzac biscuits. Made with syrup, coconut and rolled oats. Named after the Anzacs - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - in WWI and II. Very culturally significant. Turning down an Anzac biscuit is equivalent to refusing to have a barbecue and the locals will turn you over to the drop bears.

(That last sentence is also in spirit of the Australian Culture. We may pull your leg occasionally. When we do so, we will likely drop into the most stereotypical, overdone accent you've ever heard and call you mate at least once in every sentence. Unfortunately I can't give you the accent over the internet.)

TimTams. Ohhh, TimTams. Two rectangles of light biscuit with chocolate cream inside and the whole lot covered with soft chocolate. The outer chocolate layer inevitably melts onto your fingers, but that means you can enjoy it longer! The only problem with bringing these to a party is that they're always the first thing to disappear.

Hundreds and Thousands. I haven't had one of these for so long, wow. So it's a biscuit, like - do you have Arnott's biscuits?? - just a plain rectangle biscuit. But with sugar icing on the top and sprinkles (hundreds and thousands) on embedded in the hardened icing. My memory of them is of general childhood nostalgia. Now I'm afraid to eat one. What if it's just my memory and they're not good?? help I'm having a crisis
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Next, I must talk about lamingtons. Whenever I mention lamingtons in the blogosphere, I get polite responses asking what they are. The answer is: squares of sponge cake, rolled in chocolate icing and then desiccated coconut. They are fluffy and delicious and if you have a party and there are no lamingtons, it is not a real party. (I'm barely exaggerating here.)

(Since seeing people's responses, I've tried to make a habit of mentioning lamingtons on alll the blogs. People need to know. They're missing out.)

http://www.tastespotting.com/tag/lamingtons

Some lamingtons even have jam in the middle.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/lamington-roll/2ac4aa39-0bf5-4fa6-ba7a-c5581f1c89ab

And sometimes they're in a roll, which is gorgeous. (Even though it theoretically should be exactly the same...)

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Moving away from the sweet food, let's head to barbecues. Americans have barbecues, right? Well, they're a stereotypical part of the Aussie culture... for a good reason. Family gathering? Barbecue. Christmas party? Barbecue. End-of-year break-up? Barbecue. Birthday party? Barbecue.

I'd like to insert here that you will never find shrimp at an Aussie barbecue. They are prawns, mate. (And if you're silly, someone might call you a king prawn. Or maybe it's just my grandmother who call people silly prawns.)

And you'll never find me eating prawns at a barbecue. Ew no. Sausage on bread with tomato sauce for me, thanks. I'm still a kid. I'm not ready for adult food. Like... steak. Or vegetables with my sausage on bread. Why would you do that.


A group gathering - e.g. an end-of-year party for a community group - is 95.3% of the time going to be a barbecue. There's a couple of fold-up tables in a line, with the barbecue behind, tended by the blokes. On the tables, you'll have: Serviettes. White bread. Trays of sausages. Tray of barbecued onion. Plate of sliced tomato. Plate of shredded lettuce. Plate of grated cheese. Tinned beetroot. Pineapple (either tinned or fresh). Bottle of tomato sauce. Bottle of barbecue sauce. (The sauce is very important.) Together, these constitute a balanced meal.
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And since we just did barbecues, I'd better cover chips.

US:            chips     fries
England:   crisps     chips
Australia:  chips     chips

Basically, here's something I stole off Pinterest:

Now I think about it, there's no reason for that to be hard?? We just call everything chips. (Except Cheezles, which I call Cheezles. They're food you can wear on your fingers. All kids' parties need Cheezles.)
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And I'll just quickly go over some fruit and stuff so you know I don't just eat junk food [which I honestly don't eat very often].

Mangoes and pineapples - we grow them locally. (Actually, we're coming into mango season, just in time for Christmas, which is great! The smell of mangoes makes me think of the beach at Christmas. :) Do you have kiwi-fruit? And you eat bananas, right? (it's just that there aren't any books that mention bananas coming to mind.)

Pumpkins - as I said above, someone recently cast doubt into my mind as to whether everyone ate pumpkin. If you have any information, please confirm or deny. (Also some cows apparently eat pumpkin? our cows don't eat pumpkin. But maybe that was because we were trying to feed them the rotten ones.)

Macadamia nuts - I'm pretty sure these grow in Hawaii. And you might call them Hawaii nuts? But their original name is Queensland nuts. Because they're ours. There's your piece of trivia for today: Hawaii nuts came from Australia.
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So. Lots of food in this post!

Dear Aussies: please jump into the comments and explain to our international friends what I was talking about this whole post?? because if I were American, I'm pretty sure I would be confused. And what iconic foods did I miss?

Dear Americans, potential British readers?, and every lovely person from every other part of the world (please tell me if you're non-American, I'd love to know): I hope you enjoyed! Do you have these foods? What do you call them? Are you now going to visit Australia so you can try TimTams and lamingtons? (I might even cook you a damper. And johnny-cakes, if you ask nicely. How can you say no to this deal.)

...And to pretend that this is a writing post, I'm going to suggest you use this as potential worldbuilding inspiration. It can be hard to write something different from what's normal for your life, because you just don't think of the possibility of it being different. So. Worldbuilding. xP

48 comments:

  1. This post was really interesting to read, Jem! Besides knowing that your biscuits = our cookies, this was all new information for me.

    I'm not sure how to explain our biscuits... they sound kind of like your scones though. =)

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    1. Glad to have been at least slightly informative, Madeline! ;)

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  2. This was super interesting! I learned something new, but why do y'all call cookies biscuits?! Biscuits are just pieces of buttered bread in the U.S.! XD

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    1. But Gray, why do YOU call biscuits "cookies"?? And- wow, okay... I'm getting two different pictures of American "biscuits" from the comments here... xD

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  3. Ok so the difference between our cookies and our bisquits -- our cookies are usuallu more chewy, more soft, more thick than our bisquits. Buisquits have a more crispy cracker-like texture but they are sweet like cookies, rather than salty like crackers.

    SCONES THOUGH. I LOVE BAKING SCONES. When my family had our home bakery I was the one who made all the scones ^-^

    Lisa

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    1. So your biscuits are thinner than cookies, and sort of like sweet crackers? (THEN AGAIN, HOW DO I KNOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING WITH 'CRACKERS'?? why is this so hard xD)

      If I understand correctly, Lisa, scones and biscuits are different things for you?

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  4. And even though I'm technically Canadian I'm not sure if the food culture has influenced my family all that much. My parents are from southeast Asia and nordic Europe so we really have a mix of dishes and various foods from there xD

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    1. Cooool... you must get a wide range of awesome food!

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  5. Yes! Our biscuits are like scones! (My brother just made us some yesterday, actually!) :P

    Seriously, this post was awesome. Now I REALLY want to move to Australia!

    I need a lamington. Like, yesterday.

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    1. YES move to Australia. We have... um... heat and snakes? IT'S BETTER THAN THAT I PROMISE. We have good food too! Sometimes we eat the snakes!

      (...not usually unless you're trying indigenous foods, but...)

      ...ah yes. THAT'S why you should move to Australia. We have lamingtons. Also Vegemite chocolate.

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  6. Aaaahhhhahahaaha oh my word this post makes me very happy. SO MUCH AUSSIE. THANK YOU, JEM. XD

    YOU FORGOT FAIRY BREAD THOUGH. [to all un-Aussies] Fairy bread is bread with hundreds and thousands/coloured sprinkles all over it.

    Other than that I can't think of any other Aussie foods... *strokes chin thoughtfully*

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    1. I really want to try fairy bread! XD

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    2. You're welcome - glad it made you happy, Jane! ;) The funny thing is, we might not realise certain things are "Aussie" foods? simply because they're a constant part of life?

      *whispers* I haven't had fairy bread since I was very, very tiny...

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    3. And Gray, as Jane said, it's just white bread, heavily buttered (probably with margarine), and covered with hundreds and thousands (sprinkles) as though they were a spread. You can make your own! :D

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  7. Julian is right too. Scones have been called bisquits here *shakes head* SO MUCH CONFUSION ...

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  8. you call fries...chips? BUT WHAT IF YOU ASK FOR CHIPS BUT YOU WANT FRIES BUT THEY GIVE YOU CHIPS?? and um...our biscuits. *tries to think how to describe this* they are...biscuits -- gosh describing stuff is harder than I thought lolol. they are light and fluffy and flaky and you put jam on them.
    https://www.google.com/searchq=biscuits&safe=active&rlz=1C1JZAP_enUS749US751&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiG-YmO2PHXAhUW92MKHWnEA98QiR4IyAE&biw=1242&bih=602 << like this

    AND YOU LIKE GROW MANGOS AND PINEAPPLES AND PICK THEM YOURSELVES??? THAT IS SO COOL. okay but do you guys pick your own strawberries, blueberries, raspberrys and peaches and all that fruity stuff??

    do you have fireflies? I actually know people in the U.S. who have never seen a firefly like WAHT. and have you ever seen snow and what is it like having summer in...winter. or december or whatever lol. so this was a really neat post btw xD

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    1. We use context! "Fries" you can usually only get from small "fish and chip shops", so if you ask for chips there it's fairly obvious what you want. If you order however-many "serves" of chips, you're after "fries". And if you need to, you can call them "hot chips". (And those biscuits definitely seem a lot like our scones, Sarah! if you're eating them with jam... and not with gravy...)

      Sadly, where my family lives, we get a few frosts over winter and have never managed to grow mangoes or those tropical fruits. Not only that, but we don't get anywhere NEAR enough frosts to grow berries/stonefruit/apples etc, only enough to kill the cold-sensitive plants. BUT we just spent a week at the coast, where our cousins live, and they grow mangoes and pineapples and bananas. Which is awesome.

      YES we have... well... some small flying insects whose abdomens glow green in the dark?? and we call them fireflies! Sometimes they're in the house! We've never seen more than a few at a time, though.

      I've seen snow exactly once? when we traveled to some snowfields in Victoria. We've NEVER had snow here, though xD Or seen snow fall. (Or seen any snow that wasn't slushy.) And while Christmas in summer makes Christmas songs about snow seem really bizarre (not that that stops anyone xD), it's pretty cool! (or not xP) As I said, we just spent a week at the coast. Swimming every day and eating mangoes and pineapples and cold ham and chocolate. :D (sadly, no barbecue. I am ashamed.)

      THANKS xD

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  9. I love this, an Aussie food post! It makes me want to risk the danger of drop bears to come and try some authentic Australian barbecue.
    I remember first discovering TimTams- wonderful things! I can get them in Canada, but I can't get vegemite.
    Mangoes, I wish that I could grow mangoes. I tried growing kiwis once, but they didn't last.

    As for pumpkins, I do eat them- although I prefer them in scones. I've never tried feeding them to cows, but I've found goats and sheep will only eat them if there's nothing else.

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    1. You should come to Australia if you ever get the opportunity, Blue! And it's excellent that you can get TimTams. ;) My mental image of Canada is basically "cold... ice and snow everywhere"... are there areas that get quite warm? (I was wondering if anywhere in Canada would be able to grow mangoes.)

      Pumpkin scones are good! And to be fair to our cows and your goats and sheep, I wouldn't much like to eat raw pumpkin either. ;P

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    2. Cold is the classic Canadian image- but we do have one tiny desert! It's warm enough to grow grapes and peaches...no mangoes, though.

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    3. "Warm enough to grow peaches" makes my heart smile, because where I live peaches are considered temperate-area fruit?? and we're wayyy to warm to grow them ;)

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  10. THIS IS MY FAVORITE POST EVER THANK YOU.

    Also I want to meet you in person now. Because the accent (and you're awesome, obviously). Do you know how much I love the Aussie accent???

    Okay, so I'm getting the impression that coconut ius popular over there...

    I've heard about the Australians-like-to-tease-Americans thing. :)) I love how you have such a good sense of humor that you do an exaggerated Aussie impression. :)))

    TimTams sound so good!! (And pretty familiar.) Hundreds and Thousands also sound tasty. I'm afraid I wouldn't like lamingtons simply because... I hate coconut??? I'm sorry!!! ;)))

    I think Americans have a decent awareness of barbecues??? We kind of stole it, I think. :))) We only do ours in summer and barbecue typically implies a backyard cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled; maybe chicken). Also... do you have barbecue sauce??? We have restaurants in America called "Australian barbecues" -- the steak is fabulous...

    What's beetroot and what do you do with the pineapple???

    Okay!! You call everything chips. Very easy to remember!!! But what are Cheezles...

    Ooooooh, lucky!! I love mangoes (but am sadly allergic...)!! Yes, we have kiwi (we just call it kiwi?) and bananas. We also eat strawberries, oranges, and grapes. Pretty much every fruit is available, but some I guess are less popularly-liked???

    Pumpkin... we use canned pumpkin to make pies for Thanksgiving. Sometimes pumpkin bread. Other than that, we don't really eat it. How do you guys serve it? Like, what part do you eat and raw or cooked???

    We call them Macadamia's too!!! :)))

    Lovely post!!! I am fascinated, as well you know. Also!!! Hoping to set a story in Australia soon!!!

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    1. K.
      So now that I've read the post:
      Biscuits are kind of like scones. In fact, you make them from almost the same recipes, except you don't use heavy cream or sugar. So they are a less rich, dryer, non-sweet scone.

      I have never had Vegi-whatever and now I have to hunt some down and try it. So thanks for that ;)

      Actually I'm just going to try everything and blame it on you.

      Even the things I've had before

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    2. Thank YOU, Kate Marie - I'm flattered! <3

      Yes I am OBVIOUSLY awesome. Not least because I have an Aussie accent (except I don't, because we all talk normally, it's YOU who have the accents!) and an Aussie accent makes you automatically cool. Obviously. *preens* (I love accents too! What's yours?)

      Coconut isn't huge? except for lamingtons, which are a big thing. And for Anzac biscuits. Okay, now I think about it, our baking can involve a lot of coconut. But you can usually exchange it for rolled oats. And TimTams are amazing. :)

      WHAT. who snitched?? THEY WEREN'T SUPPOSED TO KNOW, PEOPLE. *pats your head* Drop bears are a vital part of Australian culture, mate. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

      Ohhh yes. "Cookout" is a word I've read before. Do you eat much steak? and we don't usually have chicken. But we DO have barbecue sauce! (I just prefer tomato sauce [not ketchup!]) We don't treat mustard like sauce, though.

      And beetroot - SEE THAT'S A PRIME EXAMPLE of me not realising the differences in culture. I just assumed everyone had beetroot! It looks like a turnip, except it's purple; it gets pickled in vinegar and sold sliced in tins. Don't eat it myself, but my dad would be lost without it on his sandwiches. And tinned pineapple - it's sliced and has the core cut out - at barbecues it's either eaten on the side, or put on the bun with the steak and lettuce and beetroot etc. (Again, I don't do that :P)

      Cheezles are a bit like Twisties, I think? - they have like a cheesy powder on the outside? - but different shapes. They're a ring about 1.5 inches across, and little kids (and me) like to put them on their fingers and chew them off.

      ALLERGIC TO MANGOES?? That's so sad! Ahh, we don't call them "kiwi"... because the kiwi is a flightless bird that lives in New Zealand.

      And CANNED PUMPKIN WHAT IS THAT. We grow our own pumpkins?? We eat the orange part - roasted in wedges (the only time we eat the skin); boiled (which is boring unless it's then pureed in pumpkin soup); or microwaved (or boiled) and mashed, which is used for scones, pie, fruit cake, etc. We do not eat any part raw. The seeds are sometimes cracked open and the insides eaten.

      Glad you enjoyed, Kate - and there are a few of us Aussie bloggers, if you have any questions! We'd love to help! :D

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    3. The phrase "biscuits and gravy" always confused me no end?? but knowing that biscuits are like non-sweet scones make that less weird! ;)

      Try aLL THE THINGS, MK. In the name of research. And culture. (And if you try Vegemite, do NOT eat it like Jane did. She knew what she was doing, but that would not be a good introduction to Vegemite. :P)

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  11. I have no idea what this post says, but I say the words FOOD and started chatting it as I waited for the page to load

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  12. I think we have lamingtons of some sort in the USA! We call them jelly rolls though and I've only had them a few times :) We do have bananas :) And I call them macademia nuts, though I've only ever had them baked into cookies. Also, we eat pumpkin seeds sometimes and usually when we eat actual pumpkin, it's in a pie or cookie or something. :) I love this post xD

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    1. JELLY! I didn't mention jelly in the post, did I! *shakes head* What you call jelly, we call jam; what we call jelly, you call Jell-O, I think? Anyway. ;) Do you mean a kind of sponge roll with jam inside?

      Some people make macadamia nut and white chocolate biscuits :) And we (my family, at least) probably eat more pumpkin by itself than any other way? (roasted or mashed with potato) I've never had pumpkin in a biscuit/cookie before, Caroline - that sounds fascinating!

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  13. I really want to have alll the food discussions with you guys!! because your comments have intrigued me. ;) But I'm currently on a fairly intense proofreading job and need to focus on that (it's for a school, and the teachers really want to be finished by the end of term - that is, last Friday??). It's Monday morning, and if I don't focus now, I'll be unproductive for the rest of the week...

    I WILL come back and answer your comments and have the discussions - hopefully I'll be mostly finished proofing by the end of this week. Sorry, and I look forward to talking with you all!

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    1. OKAY I'M BACK. *rubs hands* *ignoring the fact that I am WAYYY later than I expected*
      (but I was at the beach for Christmas, so...)

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  14. AUSSIE POSTS MAKE ME SO HAPPY. I feel like all the Americans are far too loud and we Aussies need to shout about our food all the time. *nods* I also get so confused with american terms for things.😂 And actually I mentioned pumpkin soup once and one of my followers was like: "what the heck." So I'm not sure what country they were from, but it's true. 0_0 Some people don't eat pumpkins????? I literally have no idea how anyone could function without pumpkin soup but FINE.

    The chips cracks me up.😂Literally everything in a pack that's crunchy is usually chips. We're very refined and classy here.😂

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    1. We Aussies definitely need to shout about our food more! (I wouldn't mind seeing you do a bit of shouting yourself, Cait... I know you're good at it xD) And how could someone not know pumpkin soup?? (I mean, I forgot it, but that's not as bad as not ever knowing it!)

      We are very classy and call everyone mate and walk around in thongs.

      ...OH WAIT THAT MEANS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT IN AMERICAN xD xD

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  15. OH MY GOODNESS, JEM, HOW DID I MISS THIS POST????? I was recently told that Australians are the only people to eat beetroot? And I'm like, "how is a hamburger even a hamburger without beetroot?" It doesn't make sense! and also, all the Americans missing out on Tim Tams? Also, we say lollies, instead of candy, and I went into an American candy shop (In the Blue Mountains, not in America) and everything was so weird. Even Coke isn't made the same way in Aus as it is everywhere else. We're so unique. :P
    And the pumpkin? Pumpkin scones are soooo good. have you ever had lemonade scones? my pop makes them whenever we come down for Christmas, as well as a billion different types of cheesecakes, which are so good!
    Okay, I'm rambling now. I'll sign off by saying that ANZAC biscuits and lamingtons are the best! (Wait...what about pavlova? Do other people eat that?)

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    1. See, I never even considered that other people might not eat beetroot! And yes, I forgot to say that lollies mean candy. (Although the American culture is trying to push in and it's getting called candy more and more...) What's the difference between Australian and American Coke??

      I think I have had lemonade scones! They're really light, right? Ooh, cheesecake can be amazing! <3 (Your pop sounds amazing too, Chelsea ;)

      PAVLOVA! That's something else I forgot to mention! (We invented it, so maybe they don't have it?? Guys - do you have pavlova?)

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    2. I know it's culturally shocking. Who would NOT want to eat beetroot?
      I don't know what the difference between them is, but apparently Mexican cola is the best in the world???
      yes they are! And really good :D Thanks!
      Maybe they don't? I don't like pavlova but still...its just the thought of them having to cope without it! :D

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    3. (Welll... I don't eat beetroot... ;P)

      That's weird! I would have assumed that Coke (and everything else!) was the same between countries! But now I think about it, I believe I've heard that the bread in the US has sugar in it?? so maybe companies change the recipes they use depending on the country's tastes.

      They should at least have the option to TRY pavlova!

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  16. This post is so cool! I don't really think about it a lot, but the differences between Aussie and American food are really interesting. TimTams sound really good! I think our biscuits are sort of like your scones? Also, I think it's awesome that you say "tinned" pineapples. We say "canned", but I like "tinned" better.
    By the way, I just nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you wish to accept, the details are on my blog.

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    1. It is interesting - and I forgot that you say "canned"! (Slightly off track, you say "trash can", right? and we say "rubbish bin".)

      hAHAHA First up, Temperamental Writer, I'm honoured that you nominated me! Secondly, I AM SUCH A PROCRASTINATOR I have two (maybe three?? I don't remember??) nominations waiting already. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE MY NEXT POST, OKAY xD I will do it...

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  17. WHY HAVE YOUR POSTS NOT BEEN POPPING UP IN MY FEED!!! THIS IS A GREAT POST!!

    Okay, so biscuits are fluffy bread, round in shape, they can be buttermilk flavor or honey butter flavor which is my personal favorite. They can be flaky so they have a few layers or they're regular with just two layers. You can put jelly on them. I like to put scrambled eggs with strawberry jam on them. You can also put peanut butter on them, but that might just be us because were are peanut butter crazy. (please tell me you know what peanut butter is because if you don't, I will send you one.) XD

    I call Doritos chips as well. Anything like a potato chip, I call chips except Cheetos. I personally don't like chips too much, unless its pizza flavor pringles. (please say you have pringles there.)

    Pumpkin is usually only eaten during the Autumn season, at least in America.

    For barbecues we make burgers, brisket, chicken, and lots of other stuff, sounds similar to yours, honestly.

    French fries, which is what you call chips, are just potatoes that are fried and we call them french fries even though we technically don't have the right to call them that?? They're supposed to be called Freedom fries, but I just say fries.

    If I could attach a picture of a biscuit here, I would. XD

    ~Ivie

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    1. We do have peanut butter, Ivie! But - scrambled eggs and strawberry jam?? O.O That's... not something I've ever tried xD

      Pringles are the ones in tubes, right? We have them too. Pumpkin we eat all year round (and I've never seen a pumpkin latte - that's the Autumn thing in the USA, isn't it? - although I'm sure they have them in the more urban areas!)

      Why would chips be called Freedom fries? I've heard they don't come from France anyway, but what's the story behind "freedom"?

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    2. Yes, pringles are the ones in tubes. XD I've never had a pumpkin latte, either. I'm not a coffee drinker and definitely not a Starbucks fan.

      Well, we still call them french fries, but it had something to do with some war a long time ago, I believe, and France didn't want us using the name. My brain's foggy on the story. I just call them fries, but when I hear chips from an Aussie or someone from the U.K, I know what it means. XD

      Eggs and jam on American biscuits are delicious.

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    3. Eggs and jam, tho... I just don't know about that... xD

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