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26 Australia Day Recipe Ideas

Wondering what to cook this Australia Day weekend? Here are 26 of my favourite dishes created with a dash of tradition, an abundance of fresh produce and a melting pot of cultural influences. Oh, and did you know that the 26th is a very special day for me personally because on that day 15 years ago, Sydney became my new home.

26 Australia Day Recipe Ideas

Fifteen years!  And, yes, I do call Australia home. To be honest, every time I travel I cannot stop smiling when I come back home, to Sydney. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel and I’m not the one to forget my ethnic background, cultural heritage, language or indeed treasured Polish family recipes. They will always be a part of me and part our menu – Matt loves all sorts of pierogi so they are definitely staying.

There’s just something special and magical about Australia that’s worth celebrating (that’s what Australia Day is all about). Aside from the climate and breathtaking natural wonders, there are the people. Determined, proud but laid back at the same time. There is the fact that we all come from different places and for the most part get on well. Then there’s food. It is such a big part of so many cultures who have been calling Australia home. It brings people together and in most recent years we’ve seen so many ethnic influences on Modern Australian cuisine. Asian, South American, Middle Eastern. It is fantastic to see.

Yes, we do live in a lucky country and I just hope and pray that we continue to cherish the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. As I celebrate a decade and a half of living here, I wish you all a Happy Australia Day – have a delicious weekend!

The best mushroom sauce for steaksHaloumi Salad with Pomegranate and Cherries Chimichurri my wayHomemade Sausage RollsSalmon burger patties with caper yoghurt dressingSugar-free LamingtonsFresh Mango Dumplings Two Ways48 Hour Lamb Shoulder Goat's cheese, caramelised onion, roasted beetroot tartNo bake yoghurt cheesecakePrawns with Lemon Myrtle Vanilla HollandaisePrawn and Pomelo SaladMango and yoghurt ice blocksBeetroot Caprese SaladLamb shank and mango chutney piesChilli and Beer Barbecue Rub Pork RibsWhole Fruit Ice PopsHomemade Chery Ripe Bites with No Added SugarMango, white chocolate and lime lamingtonsCafe Sydney's Barramundi with Goat RavioliLemongrass Roasted ChickenSalmon Radish Beetroot  and Roasted Tomato SaladChilli garlic and Tomato Relish musselsBeef meat pie with the lotPeach and Strawberry Ice Pops


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Mel A January 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

Congratulations and many more years to come. Australia is one of the best countries in the world and we are very lucky! We might try those juicy beer ribs!

Miss Ayo Délé January 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

Each dish semms more delicious than the others!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

I moved to the lucky country in 1995 so I’m not far off 20 years here. It took about a year for my palate to change from too much salt and sugar – the American way. I’m very happy and thrilled to celebrate Australia Day tomorrow and again on Monday. I’m going to choose something from this list!

Amanda@ChewTown January 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

What a fabulous round up of recipes!! I didn’t even realise until I was halfway through the list that I realised you included the popsicles! Thanks 🙂 Congrats on 15 years being in Australia.

JJ - 84thand3rd January 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The time goes fast doesn’t it! I landed in Aus on 22 Jan intending to stay for 6 months, that was 12 years ago ;D Great list and thanks for including my ice pops! Hope you guys had a lovely Australia Day.


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