Thursday, January 26, 2012

Happy Australia Day, Cobbers!

Today is a day for kicking back and to enjoy the privilege of being safe and free in this beautiful country. We are very lucky.
Kimmie at The Serendipity Cafe posted a recipe for Lamingtons (along with the history of this yummy cake) - I just had to give them a go. I didn't do the really naughty chocolate and cream (ganache sauce), just mixed icing sugar, cocoa, milk and boiling water. They are delicious!
You know you're Australian if:
* You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.
* You're liable to burst out laughing whenever you hear of Americans "rooting" for something.
* You pronounce Melb...ourne as 'Mel-bin'.
* You can translate: 'Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.'
* You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.
* You call your best friend 'a total bastard' but someone you really, truly despise is just 'a bit of a bastard'.
* You think 'Woolloomooloo' is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
* You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife.
* You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin.
* You understand that 'Wagga Wagga' can be abbreviated to 'Wagga' but 'Woy Woy' can't be called 'Woy'.
* You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.
* All Kiwi's are sheep shaggers. No exceptions.
* Beetroot with your Hamburger... Of course!

* You believe that the confectionery known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year.
* You wear ugg boots outside the house.
* You believe that every important discovery in the world was made by an Australian but then sold off to the Yanks for a pittance.
* You believe that the more you shorten someone's name the more you like them.
* Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language
* You understand that 'excuse me' can sound rude, While 'scuse me' is always polite.
* You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose.
* You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.
* Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket.
* You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call 'Anzac Biscuits'.
* You still think of Kylie as 'that girl off Neighbours'.
* When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.
* You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in -o: arvo, combo, garbo, kero, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto, goodo etc.
* You know that there is a universal place called "woop woop" located in the middle of matter where you actually are.
* You know that none of us actually drink Fosters beer, because it tastes like shit. But we let the world think we do. Because we can.
* You have some time in your life slept with Aerogard on in the summer. Maybe even as perfume.
* You've only ever used the words - tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad, sweet - to mean good. And then you place 'bloody' in front of it when you REALLY mean it.
* You know that the barbecue is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. And the women make the Salad
* You say 'no worries' quite often, whether you realise it or not.
* You understand what no wucking furries means.
* You've drank your tea/coffee/milo through a Tim Tam
* You own a Bond's chesty. In several different colours.
* You know that roo meat tastes pretty good, But not as good as barra. Or a meat pie with dead horse.
* You know that some people pronounce Australia like "Straya" and that's ok.
AUSTRALIAN and proud of it!


  1. you know, Australia was a country we were thinking of moving to, the only thing that stopped us, we knew no one in Australia, whereas we had family in Canada.

    We might have been neighbours...

    Enjoy your holiday,

    Gill in Canada

  2. we certainly are. Have a lovely day Joolz.

  3. Very funny, love it and this great country and I'm going to have lamington and cuppa now.

    Claire :}

  4. The lamingtons look yummy!
    I agree with all the above:0)

  5. That lamington recipe reads as very delicious but would take a bit of work, maybe for very special occasions.

  6. Oh that is so awesome and makes me proud to be an Australian! I have one to add to that - you must be able to push a mower uphill wearing thongs. I can't stop smiling, thank you!


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