Thursday, November 6, 2008

A Taste of Aussie.

The Aussie Way! Some fun!

The  Aussie Way! Some fun!

Pull up a chair and enjoy an Aussie Dessert Called A Match Stick as you read through this hilarious list of Aussie Terminology.

You know you're Australian if..... *

*1. You know the meaning of the word 'girt'. *

*2. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn. *

*3. You think it's normal to have a Prime Minister called Kevin. *

*4. You waddle when you walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount
Vouchers stuffed in your wallet or purse. *

*5. You've made a bong out of your garden hose rather than use it for something illegal such as watering the garden. *

*6. You believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son's pencil
case when he first attends school. *

*7. When you hear that an American 'roots for his team' you wonder how often and with whom. *

*8. You understand that the phrase 'a group of women wearing black thongs' refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds. *

*9. You pronounce **Melbourne* * as 'Mel-bin'. *

*10. You pronounce Penrith as 'Pen-riff'. *

*11. You believe the 'L' in the word '**Australia* *' is optional. *

*12. You can translate: 'Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.' *

*13. You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its
Highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep. *

*14. You call your best friend 'a total ba$tard' but someone you really, truly despise is just 'a bit of a ba$tard'. *

*15. You think 'Woolloomooloo' is a perfectly reasonable name for a place. *

*16. You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife. *

*17. You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin.. *

*18. You understand that 'Wagga Wagga' can be abbreviated to 'Wagga' but 'Woy Woy' can't be called 'Woy'. *

*19. You believe that cooked-down axle grease makes a good breakfast spread. *

*20. You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they
Stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis. *

*21. You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says 'cobber'. *

*22. You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of the Angels' song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. *No way, get @#$%*+

*23. You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionery known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year. *

*24. You still don't get why the 'Labor' in 'Australian Labor Party' is
not spelt with a 'u'. *

*25. You wear ugh boots outside the house. *

*26. You believe, as an article of faith, that every important discovery in the world was made by an Australian but then sold off to the Yanks for a pittance. *

*27. You believe that the more you shorten someones name the more you like them. *

*28. Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order
Takeaway fluently in every Asian language. *

*29. You understand that 'excuse me' can sound rude, while 'scuse me' is always polite. *

*30. You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose. *

*31. You understand that 'you' has a plural and that it's 'youse'. *

*32. You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to
handle. *

*33. Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket. *

*34. You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call 'Anzac cookies' *

*35. You still think of Kylie as 'that girl off Neighbors'. *

*36. When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally
strip-searched by Customs - just in case you're trying to sneak in fruit. *

*37. You believe the phrase 'smart casual' refers to a pair of black
tracky-daks, suitably laundered. *

*38. You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction. *

*39. When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer. *

*40. You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national anthem and then have trouble remembering the second. *

*41. You find yourself ignorant of nearly all the facts deemed essential in the government's new test for migrants. *

*42. You will immediately forward this list to other Australians, here
and overseas, realising that only they will understand *
I hope that My Friends here Understand the Aussie ways better after reading this revelation sent to me by a friend. LOL
Milli 08
This is the recipe for my wicked matchsticks above.
The only difference is that I do not ice mine, see recipe 1, instead I sift icing sugar over them before serving. Delicious when served straight from the refrigerator.



Recipe 1

Icing sugar, jam, 1 sheet puff pastry, cream
Cut puff pastry sheet into three strips & then cut the three strips in half.
Bake pastry in a pre-heated oven 180C for 10 mins or until lightly brown. Let pastry cool.
Spread Jam & Cream on pastry & top this with another piece of pastry.
Sift icing sugar on top.

Recipe 2
(Matchsticks with pink and white icing)

2 sheets puff pastry, 3/4 cup strawberry jam, 300ml carton thickened cream
2 tablespoons icing sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
For the pink icing:
2 cups icing sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, pink food colouring
For the white icing:
1/2 cup icing sugar, 3 teaspoons lemon juice

Place pastry on lightly greased oven trays, prick with a fork. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 15 mins, or until pastry is golden and crisp. Let cool.
Spread jam evenly over flat side of one of the sheets of pastry.
Beat cream until soft peaks form. Stir in sifted icing sugar and essence; mix well. Spread cream over jam.
Spread pink icing over flat side of remaining pastry sheet. Spoon white icing into a small piping bag. Pipe lines of white icing across 23cm width of pink icing at 4cm intervals. Draw a skewer along 30cm length of pink icing, at 4cm intervals in alternate directions to give a "feathered" effect. Place iced pastry on top of cream-covered pastry. Let stand for 15 mins, or until icing is set. Cut into 12 slices.

For the pink icing:
Combine sifted icing sugar, milk and juice in bowl, mix well, tint with colouring.

For the white icing:
Combine sifted icing sugar and juice in a bowl; mix well.



  1. hahahahaaaaaa love it Milli. I never seem to make enough matchsticks to satisfy my grandkids.................

  2. Can I have a cuppa with my matchsticks?? We haven't had that in a while.

  3. LOL, I'm obviously not Australian!
    As for those matchsticks, can I have them with a salad? ROFL

  4. are Matchsticks good for brekkie?

  5. LOL they go like hot cakes here only of course they are cold match stick's LOL Thanks Chezz.

  6. Gosh Rita I miss our Lamingtons and our Lemon Pie, Chit Chat Cuppas..Lets do it?

  7. LOL Mia of course you can have them with salad..I will substitute the jam with cranberry sauce and the cream with tofu and wow you can have salad too...LOL
    You are so funny Mia.

  8. Seth welcome Match Sticks are good for help yourself you are welcome anytime..Will that be a banana smoothie with the match sticks?

  9. Well Milli, you did say I was too heavy for my broom hehe, but no tofu iiiik lol I'll have spray cream straight down the hatch instead ha ha!

  10. That a girl..We got powerful Zoom Brooms these will be just fine and which jam will that be?
    LOL..You can eat your salad as a side dish!

  11. Real soon I promise I am almost back up to speed here.

  12. Great Rita just yell I will put the kettle on!!!

  13. make it banana/strawberry and it's deal...

  14. Youse all better behave - Milli's servin matchsticks. I'm covering my thong in deference to the others. Mama didn't raise no heathen.

  15. And thanks for the welcome...

    I'm an Aussie fan...every Aussie I've ever met was incredibly friendly

    As a matter of fact I dated a Melbourne lass for 2 years....

  16. Yum you will have to beat me to that one Seth.

  17. LOL@Cris. Now how do you want your Match served up Cris? BTW if you have covered your thong right now you are standing on one foot LOL.

  18. Ah thats so nice of you Seth I think we are pretty friendly lot..Well most of us are. And so your Squeeze was from Melbin Right ..Good oh... thets a noice place... I loik it ther'

  19. that you are....

    I learned a great deal of Aussie slang during that time too...not a lot but some

  20. no.... it was a long distance relationship....we spoke every night and saw each other about 10 times in those 2 years....

    eventually distance, and tightening of immigration laws as a ripple effect due to the events of 911 took it's toll...

  21. I didn't understand more than 1/2 of that! Girt?, stubbies? And do you mean to say it's okay to make a bong out of your hose but not to water with it? Cool! Stuff up? LOL! I'm at a loss. I guess the most I know about Aussies is that they run around topless on all the beaches and most anyplace else! Yes or no? If no, my boys will be greatly saddened to hear it.

  22. Ok Cheri seeing as you asked here are some explanations...
    In the national anthem it is written" Girt by sea"... We don't always know all the words ..But everyone in Australia knows one line from the national anthem: “our land is girt by sea”.
    What does that mean?
    Taken from a net post here because I liked the explanation.

    In fact, “girt” is not a word that gets much of a workout in our everyday speech. It's the past tense and past participle of “gird”, as in “gird your loins”. I'm really not very sure how one goes about girding one's loins, but it may have something to do with wrapping a lamb chop in foil before you cook it.

    Now, it's true that Schleswig-Holstein is really only semi-girt by sea, because it's also girt by Denmark and northern Germany. But there are plenty of places besides Australia that are girt by sea.

    Britain is girt by sea. Ireland is girt by sea. Sri Lanka and Japan and New Zealand are all as girt as you can get, but you don't see their people singing “Mumble mumble mumble Our land is girt by sea”.

    Stubbies are shortish shorts..real sexy for the plumbers crack set.
    Watering your garden is illegal in many places at certain times and I guess it gives another use for the hose. I leave my hose intact LOL. You never know we might get more rain so that we use it more often. Water restrictions apply bigtime most of the time.
    Not topless as such however there is usually ample hanging out in the warmer months, at beaches and too many other places to mention.
    Stuff up means exactly that..every thing stuffed up and nothing is working....
    Your Boys would ENJOY!!!LOL.

  23. ya no mate..... i'll ave summa them matchies wif me cuppa ......
    As for that bloke datin that Melbin sheila....lucky bloody sod he is.....orta make hinm pay a slab for that privilge......
    As for waterin the garden mate, I do that, by recyclin me beer...I drink me stubby, and piss on me lawn...thats good recyclin, innit?

  24. oh shit mate...the roo steaks and the f**kin prawns got scorched a bit on the ol barby...think thety'll notice, or ya reckon they too far under the table??

  25. * 43. You hop out of bed in the morning. *


  26. PS

    " The term ' girt ' in Somerset, UK means ' great ' - as in : ' she liked her girt big fellah two days a week ' This may mean, in the context of the tune discussed here, that ' Australia is GREAT by the sea ' In other words Upsidedownland rivals the ocean in its vastness. However, it is tempting to regard this somewhat earthy word as an Anglo-Saxon root for one of our modern terms for enclosed space, namely : ' girdled ' .

    Just a thought .



  27. ( whats with all the verbal sewage mate ? )

  28. my oven is in Fahrenheit...........anyone know what that would be?

  29. Aaahhh mate, just shit ta keep them f**kin Poms busy.......

  30. yair mate.....
    fahren heit...
    far in height.....

  31. that is so so funny and such a great look at aussie terms. Those Matchsticks look so yum and easy too!!

  32. You know you're Australian if..... *
    You write 42 explanations of, cough, culture, and everybody likes Matchsticks???
    ifiik wrote today at 3:01 AM
    Aaahhh mate, just shit ta keep them f**kin Poms busy.......
    I'm stuffed.

  33. Oh no I can't leave you for 2 mins and you take over my comments section....Ok one at a time here..and keep the tune a happy one..or milli the mum will come out!!! You would not like her too much!!!

  34. Alcohol & Drugs Rap

    Swearing :



  35. Say it like it is Bill -
    us Brits need to keep up
    motherpluckin' standards !!


  36. Now for a Kiwi you have us sorta down pat Ifiik...seth was dating a Melbin have family in Melbourne Ifii so you know they are good folks.
    As for the recycled beer well you must drink an awful lot and to be a little bit knowledgeable here the lawn dies and goes brown when you pee on it..Maybe you have tougher grass up there in the semi tropics?
    In saying this, lemon trees love a wee bit of the urine, butt! they don't like it any where but under the tree and into the soul so there is a garden hint for you....You do have some interesting recycling habits LOL but I kind of wonder whats innit!! LOL You are such a nut you know Iffy!

  37. Yes Pla we start the day on the hop so to speak...

  38. Great I like this explanation better so GREAT it is!

  39. Ok the answer is 180.00° Celsius = 356.00° Fahrenheit That's a fairly warm oven and pastry likes a hot oven usually.
    Thanks Reba, and I hope that you like them. Jam is probably like a jelly there.

  40. And just to top it all in your upside down place--
    Your bloody comment is bleedin inta mine
    Too late and now it ain't

  41. Thanks Keith and they are too simple the hardest part is whipping the cream..Enjoy!

  42. Now the truth is out you see ifii is actually a Kiwi Bill. Don't worry I am multicultural and give everyone a chance some people got away with maybe a few too many chances...Bill also just to let you know we have larrikens down here too and I know up there that you do too!!! The Aussie way is meant to be fun! Not really how we all live of course however we can take the mickey out of our selves well and that is something that can be quite humorous at times..I think it gets many here through some pretty hard times actually.

  43. LOl you guys stick together thats ok with me..May I add more jam and cream..Good for bonding oops I meant binding! LOLLL

  44. GIRT 2

    On reflection it might be that the Somerset, UK expression ' girt ' refers to ' all around ' ( as in girdle ) THUS ' girt big ' would transpose as ' all around big ' As distance between old forms of language use and new usage increased the original idea was lost and the word ' great ' for ' girt ' ( a slack analysis of phonetic similarity ) instituted a semi-skimmed hybrid vis-à-vis faulty street linguistics - a bit like swearing inappropriately.



  45. Thanks Pla it is a doozy of a word but when we place it in as seagirt we get this meaning..
    Meaning #1: surrounded or enclosed by the sea.
    I think that actually fits. The scots man who wrote it probably had his own way of placing the original words into the verse so as to give it the rhyming that would be needed. My opinion only.


    Australians all let us rejoice,
    For we are young and free;
    We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
    Our home is girt by sea;
    Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
    Of beauty rich and rare;
    In history’s page, let every stage
    Advance Australia Fair.

    In joyful strains then let us sing,
    Advance Australia Fair.

    Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
    We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
    To make this Commonwealth of ours
    Renowned of all the lands;
    For those who’ve come across the seas
    We’ve boundless plains to share;
    With courage let us all combine
    To Advance Australia Fair.

    In joyful strains then let us sing,
    Advance Australia Fair.

    Peter Dodds McCormick, a Scot, composed ‘Advance Australia Fair’ under the pen-name ‘Amicus’ (amicus is the Latin word for ‘friend’). It was first performed in Sydney on Saint Andrew’s Day, 1878. An amended version was also sung by a choir of 10,000 at the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January, 1901. In 1907, the Australian Government awarded McCormick £100 for his composition. Peter McCormick died in 1916 and ‘Advance Australia Fair’ became free of copyright in 1966. The Commonwealth of Australia, however, does copyright the officially proclaimed lyrics and particular arrangements of music. Non-commercial public use of the anthem is permitted, but commercial use requires permission.

    Some of the original words of the song have been changed for the official version. ‘Australia’s sons let us rejoice’ was the original first line; this has been replaced with ‘Australians all let us rejoice’. In the third verse of the original song, two lines were changed—‘To make our youthful Commonwealth’ became ‘To make this Commonwealth of ours’, and ‘For loyal sons beyond the seas’ became ‘For those who’ve come across the seas’.

  46. Peter McCormick died in 1916 ----
    I heard him five times a week from birth until 1930.
    Same ruddy needle too.
    78 Parlaphone played on a gramophone with a sound box.
    My little had was often in that box. lol
    Penny for the gas you know.

  47. Intel Theory

    Explore :
    nosing here, nosing there
    no blame


  48. yair....that was a bloody good BYO restaurant in Perth...I often used to go there....tghey laid on the meanest feed you ever ate.........

  49. Looks like you lot are waking up in the daisies.
    Tell me does it rattle when you turn over?
    Gnats are silent. lol

  50. Larrikin :
    sounds like
    ' larkin '


    k ' )

    ( as in : ' high as a lar


  51. plat0
    No I lost all my illusions years ago. Clue
    A tinny was/is called an Australian Daisy, so take it from there.

  52. thanks ( in my mind was thinking 350 for puff pastry) and here in the deep south we make jam. preserves, and jelly.preserves and jam is made using whole fruits and jelly is made from fruit juice.........

  53. Illusions are tricky Bill . .

    Daisies :



  54. Longer\shorter

    180º Celsius :
    universal cooking

    -plat0 ( intuitive chef )


  55. Daisies are nice Reba ( especially with worm sushi )

  56. not a sushi edible flowers

  57. What about earwigs with baby nettles?

  58. ( Must be a vegetarian ) ok dear no worries .


  59. I never quite know what I am going to find here when I come back online..but first I want to wish you a good nights rest there Bill.
    Thanks Reba for popping back.
    Ifiiy too and also Pla.
    An interesting conversation here.

  60. aint against eating a rabbit either!

  61. I have not eaten rabbit for ages Reba although we have had small pig on a spit and it was very nice.

  62. auntie married a cheerokee,,,,,than man could fry up a good rabbit

  63. venison here is expensive because it is farmed not hunted. I have had it though because we buy it at the local farmers market.pretty tasty actually. Now have you eaten Kangaroo meat?

  64. roo? no but id try it.....we have too many deer for the hunting in the fall

  65. When we cook rabbit here it is usually Casseroled or baked or stewed I have never eaten it fried.

  66. its good, but does NOT tase like chicken..LOL.I like to brase them.
    now they are a delicacy in the market

  67. I an from the SE and we will fry anything!!!!!

  68. ever see the movie gone with the wind?

    that is where i am at..only now we are in the year 2008......

  69. Never really wanted to eat gator personally although you can get it here along with other tasty morsels like witchetty grubs not that I have eaten them.
    See the link here.

  70. Ah well now I understand.....deep south...

  71. now i would have to be hungry......LOL what do they taste like?

  72. i am 15 miles south of Atlanta Ga, Iin Jonesboro

  73. The grubs I have never eaten and here is an explanation..Edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by Indigenous Australians. The raw witchetty grub tastes like almonds and when cooked the skin becomes crisp like roast chicken while the inside becomes light yellow, like a fried egg.[3]

  74. not too many grubs eaten here,(fish with them) but some still eat squrriel

  75. lol
    they taste kinds of like rabbit
    only smaller

  76. the cheerokee were native to this area, and thy ate all sorts of wildlife.........

  77. many are decendant from german, Irish

  78. Ah ok. Well I hope you try those Matchsticks on the post I think they will go down well.

  79. Great Reba and I must get to work here so will thank you for this great little exchange..Have a good night there.

  80. You know you're an Aussie if you call 'powdered sugar' -- 'icing sugar'! ROFL! Now I must look up the word 'girt'. Your pastry look delicious, and I am certainly going to try my hand at them. I'll be joining my son on Thanksgiving and I usually bake homemade creme puffs, and I'll just add your little treat to it. I'll let you know how it all fairs after the holiday.

  81. we call it confectioners sugar but i knew what she was talking about....
    i so love to learn..especially bout food
    well I am off now to take the kids play Guitar Hero..............
    it is a playstation game and the kids is the one where they have a guitar shaped controller

  82. Witch Song

    " Instructed
    by The Wind we walk
    without fear. "



  83. In SAS ( elite fighters ) as a boy soldier we were introduced to eating anything to survive . My favourite at present ( and as food prices rise, economical ) is worm sushi . Also quite tasty and nutritious is broiled slug. Rat is a treat ( but you need to watch out when hunting them down ) Oh yes, and cockroach omelettes ( using crow eggs ) on a bed of autumn leaves ( in season )

    Crocodile Dundee ?

    Forget about it .


  84. Mind altering food there Pla and mmm any brain food?

  85. You go for it Dawn and I bet they will be a hit. Make sure that you use your fav jams and whip the cream nice and thick. A tiny bit of vanilla essence in the cream is a nice treat too.

  86. I will share more with you as we go along Reba if you enjoy learning different recipes from Aus.

  87. You wIll need to EXPAND that Milli . .


    to fly
    a flag



  88. No expansion needed Pla..thanks for your little visits..

  89. Green spuds mind AlTeRiN?

    Potatoes :
    more sexy
    than rice !



  90. Many brave lads have died without it.