GUYS! HAPPY *belated by one day* AUSTRALIA DAY
My dad actually sent me the perfect email to put into this post. It’s a “You know you are a ‘straya’ if/when you… quiz” – Let’s see how much aussie blood you all really have running in you!
- You think “Woolloomooloo” is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
Actually yes, I do. Especially considering I recently discovered there is a town called Ozenkadnook in Victoria which means ‘very fat kangaroo’ in Aboriginal…
- You’re secretly proud of our killer wildlife.
How can you not go all gooey at kangaroos and koalas and maybe not so much emus which are actually killer with their stares
- You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that’s twice as big as its $2 coin.
I have grown up believing the $1 coin has issues with its lesser value so therefore, attempts to puff out its chest and expand to seem more important than the $2 coin which is secure enough in its value that it stays small and modest (but is always confused with a 5 cent coin in a wallet!)
- You understand that “Wagga Wagga” can be abbreviated to “Wagga” but “Woy Woy” can’t be called “Woy”.
Oh god, I did NOT know there was a town called ’Woy Woy’…
- You believe that cooked-down axlegrease makes a good breakfast spread.
Axlegrease? Really? We are not all truckies! Seriously? Is it a secret vegemite ingredient?
- You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.
Hahahahahahahaha…. Sorry… absolutely politically incorrect… naah not really, I still wonder why NZ isn’t an extension of us
- Hamburger. Beetroot. Of course.
EWWWWW… BEETROOT! It is a rare like and definitely not in burgers!
- You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionary known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year.
My dad told me all about how at milk bars you used to get fresh Wagon Wheels all chunky biscuit filled with jam and marshmallow coated in chocolate. As milk bars expired, so did the wagon wheel until Arnott’s released one which IS getting smaller every year…
- You still don’t get why the “Labor” in “Australian Labor Party” is not spelt with a “u”.
Yes. Yes I do not get it. Why? What? How….?
- You wear ugg boots outside the house.
Doesn’t everyone? Nothing is warmer than them!
- You know what it’s like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose.
Um…. I won’t say a fly hasn’t been on my nose or on my lip before I scream and swat at my own face but… this is something I would rather not do as an Aussie
- You understand that “you” has a plural and that it’s “youse”.
“Youse start the barbie yeah?” – Nope never used it…
- You know it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle.
AHMAHGAHD yes, every summer! Backfire, seatbelt fire and trying to steer the car while your hands are playing hot potato with the wheel in 48 degree weather
- Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket.
Um… I do remember going to the park and watching my dad and bro play cricket… I am not a fan of cricket *shields from oncoming tomatoes*
- You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call “Anzac cookies”
YES! ANZAC cookies are such an integral part of ANZAC day, commemorating our soldiers. Why someone would even try to sell them at a different time is beyond me!
- You still think of Kylie as “that girl off Neighbours”.
Yes… yes I would. But I do not really ever think about Kylie at all :S
- When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally strip-searched by Customs – just in case you’re trying to sneak in fruit.
More like trying to sneak in Indian desserts
- You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction.
Confession time. I have caught the train maybe 3 times. I am a bus girl. Once a bus girl always a bus girl!
- When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.
Too young… of course too young… I have no idea… why is this question even here?! I feel so pressured… I have never been in a bar to see this… no…
- You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national anthem and then have trouble remembering the second.
Um… no, no choking during the first verse but yes, I am a little sheepish to admit the second verse is always an exercise of listening to the singer next to you
And that is just how Aussies work
Now I am going to give you a bigger celebration than just a quiz for Australia Day. An edible celebration (the best kind!)
Ok, so… I think every blogger in the history of bloggers has heard of Kevin & Amanda’s Original The Slutty Brownie. Please do not think I am being indecent, what it is, it is. The name is naughty because this… conglomeration of a dessert is far worse than naughty. Just saying… Oh and just to clarify, it was originally called the Oreo-Fudge-Brownie-Cookie something but it was shortened dramatically over time
Anyway, I decided to make my own couple of twists all over it! Some very Aussie twists
You know the Tim Tam? The chocolate biscuits with chocolate cream in the middle coated in chocolate? The icon of Australia which is much more delicious than vegemite?
Yes, you know it. Of course you know it
And if you don’t. Oh how I pity you darlings!
Instead of using Oreos, I decided to use those in the middle.
Best Australia Day decision ever
I underbaked the brownie and cookie. Its fudgy and fudgy and fudgy and fudgy and fudgy. And soft Tim Tam melty in your mouth. Enjoy Australia Day weekend everyone. Oh and just a tip. Make these for your long weekend Monday breakfast tomorrow
Slutty Australia Day Slice
*I don’t call it Slutty Brownie because that is just ONE component *
Source: Slutty Brownies
Part One: Cookie Layer (Choc Chip Uru Secret Recipe)
- 130g butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbs dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbs golden syrup
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup plain flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups mixture of peanut and caramel chips (I used white )
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with baking paper
- Melt half the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally and let it brown – when smells nutty and turns brown, immediately take off heat and let cool
- Place other half of butter in a bowl and beat with all sugars until pale in colour – scrape down the bowl
- Add in brown butter to mixture and beat until well combined
- Add in egg to mixture and beat until just combined
- Beat in vanilla essence and golden syrup. Let cool 5 minutes
- Sift both flours, cinnamon, salt in a large separate bowl. Stir chocolate chips through until coated and mixture is combined
- Add dry mixture into wet mixture and stir through until no streaks of flour remain
- Spread the cookie dough at the bottom of the pan, pressing down with a glass
- Top with a layer of Tim Tams – awwww yeaaah
- Refrigerate while preparing the brownie batter, covered by foil
Part 2: Favourite Brownie Recipe
- 125g butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 tbs golden syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 50g cocoa powder
- ½ cup plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 ½ eggs
- ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter until starts to brown and smell a little nutty, add in sugars and stir over heat for a minute until combined then remove off heat – let cool for 10 minutes
- Stir in cocoa powder till mixed through
- One by one, beat in eggs until well combined each time. Make sure there is a gooey consistency
- Beat in the vanilla essence and golden syrup
- Stir in the flour, baking powder until a thick batter is formed
- Stir through the mix-ins (if using)
- Pour over the Tim Tams and make sure they are entirely covered
- Cover lightly with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes
- Remove foil and bake again for 20-25 minutes or until the skewer comes out covered in gooey crumbs for the brownie
- The cookie will always come out a little like fudge – to make it crisper, cook it 5 minutes separate without the Tim Tams or brownie batter and then continue with the recipe