Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Wednesday Quiz in Exile III: Food, Glorious Food

Michael5000 continues to keep up the masquerade that he's not writing quizzes, so the unceasing Australiana continues this week. The question is which of us can keep up this facade the longest, and my money is on me, but I may be influenced by the promise of half a potential lap-quilt.

The last two weeks of quizzes that have been maybe a teeny-weeny bit difficult, so here's one on a topic that everyone knows something about. Food. These twelve little bundles of deliciousness are all Australian icons (please note a number of these items may or may not have actually been invented in New Zealand, but it's an Australian tradition to claim everything from our island neighbour as our own, so I've done so with glee). Please don't look up the answers or consult with others, those that do are running the risk of being baked in a pie.

Name that foodstuff.


Leave your answers and a recipe for baked goods in the comments.


UnwiseOwl said...

We interrupt this broadcast for a quick comment from your friendly neighbourhood sports hooligan:

UnwiseOwl said...

Film at eleven

John said...

Dear me.

1. Beer Soup (or Vegemite if you insist)
2. Lamingtons
3. Fairy Bread
4. Meat Pie Floater
5. Weet-Bix (note spelling, brits :P)
6. Jaffas
7. English Vanilla Slice (not especially Australian, is it?)
8. ANZAC biscuits
9. Pavlova
10. Fresh macadamias? NFI otherwise.
11. Unless that's some sort of highly specialised custard tart (once again, not particularly Australian), I have no idea.
12. Barramundi


Caramel Slice (not the best recipe but the internet provided it)

1 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
125g butter, melted

400g can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup
60g butter, melted

60g copha, chopped
125g cooking chocolate, chopped


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 3cm deep, 28 x 18cm (base) lamington pan.

Combine all base ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Press into prepared lamington pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light golden. Remove from oven. Cool.

Make filling: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking, for 8 minutes or until golden. Pour over cooked base. Bake for 12 minutes or until firm. Cool completely. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, or until set.

Make topping: Place copha and chocolate into a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Pour over caramel. Refrigerate to set. Cut into squares to serve.

I should really ask my mother for her recipe. :/

Alethea said...

Fairy Bread
Pie Floater
? For some reason I thought this was that german pastry...
ANZAC Biscuits
I am bad at fish.

Here's a shortbread recipe:
150g flour
100g butter
50g sugar

Rub flour and butter together, add sugar, press into a tin. Bake at 180C for about 20 minutes.

Michael5000 said...

1. That would be so-called "Vegemite."

2. That would be some kind of cake or other.

3. Oh my god.

4. What the hell?

5. Slabs of bran.

6. Glazed cranberries.

7. Some kind of bread pudding sorta dealie?

8. Cookies!

9. The alien from "Alien," larval stage, rendered in strawberries and kiwi fruit.

10. Macadamia nuts.

11. Black and white cookies, like on Seinfeld.

12. A fish.

UnwiseOwl said...

From the top:
1. Vegemite, teen heartthrob of a nation. Unsuprisingly, everyone got this one right
2. The lamington, spongey goodness covered in more goodness in a coconut and chocolate form
3. Fairy bread, leading cause of obesity and diabetes in Australian children
4. Meat Pie Floater, also known to those in the business as a "what-the-hell". Yes kids, that's a meat pie sitting in a bath of hot green pea soup and topped with sauce, generally consumed after copious amounts of alcohol.
5. Weet-Bix, I had hoped that some would fall into the weetabix trap, but it was not to be.
6. Jaffas, chocolate balls covered in orange flavouring. Stolen from New Zealand
7. Vanilla Slice. Australian vanilla slice deviates from European varieties in that it has just the two layers of pastry and is filled with custard instead of flavoured creams.
8. ANZAC biscuits. One part oats, one part partiotism.
9. A pavlova, also stolen from Nez Zealand. Meringue on a global scale.
10. Macadamia nuts, probably the least Australian thing here, but we do grow a large precentage of the world's supply.
11. These, despite their similarity to the famous black-and-white cookies, are Neenish tarts, a jam-filled delicacy thought to have orginated in Queensland. I was as suprised as you.
12. A barramundi, famed food fish of the tropics. Notable for its succulent meaty flesh and for changing genders part way through its life. Which is an amazing thing for a ten-year old to discover.

Thus the winners are John and email correspondant Joanna, with a very respectable eleven out of twelve.

Tune in next week for more fun and games, if this is your idea of fun.