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    **Jubes**
    Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:30 am
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    100 players are traveling the world for 7 weeks on a whirlwind Zaar World Tour 8
    Come check out our recipes, see the places we've been and what we have learned. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Welcome Zaar World Tour 8 travelers to Australia and New Zealand ! ! !


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    Dates: All recipes and challenges for this forum can be made between 1 August 2012 and midnight 12 August 2012. All reviews for Australia and New Zealand must be submitted before midnight Food.com time on 12 August 2012. (Food.com is US Eastern Time)


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    Australia
    Australia is the only nation to occupy an entire continent and has a population of more than 22 million. Australia constitutes most of what is known as the Pacific Region.

    Before the arrival of the First Fleet of Europeans at Sydney in 1788, indigenous Australians survived as hunters and gatherers living on native flora and fauna. Today these foods are often referred to as "bush tucker" and are again becoming popular. Some of the more common bush tucker foods to be used in modern Australian cooking are lemon myrtle, bush pepper and wattleseed.

    Other than the indigenous climate and produce, Australian cuisine has developed with the arrival of immigrants and the tastes and the produce they have introduced to the continent.

    Australia's cuisine was strongly influenced by British and Irish traditions - and agricultural products such as beef cattle, sheep and wheat became staples in our national diet. The gold rushes brought Chinese and post-Second World War, Europeans were encouraged to relocate to Australia. Everyone arriving brought with them a wider variety of foods, tastes and traditions. Australia's later multicultural immigration program lead to a diversification of the cuisine of Australia, particularly under the influence of Mediterranean and South East Asian migrants.

    Besides the culinary heritage of the Anglo-Celtic majority, the cuisines of China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam are not only popular, but have also left the greatest impact on Modern Australian cuisine. In recent times there are also substantial influences and culinary trends from American, French, Indian, Japanese, Moroccan and Spanish cuisine.

    From all these different cultures, Australia has developed its own variable cuisine, made from local products in a climate where they grow year-around. Australian cuisine of the 21st century shows the influence of globalisation and Australias multicultural society. Modern Australian cuisine is truely fusion style cooking.

    The humble barbecue is considered a treasured national tradition. Outside cooking is well suited to the Australian climate and even enjoyed through our Australian winters.

    With a large coastline, Australians have access to a large variety of seafoods including fish, prawns (you might know these as shrimp in the US) lobster and bugs.

    In our supermarkets and butchers chicken, beef, veal, lamb and kangaroo would be our favourite meats of today. Turkey is not as popular in Australia as in the US. You may also locate rabbit, crocodile or emu meat.

    Most Australians have access to a wide variety of fruit and vegetables grown across Australia, New Zealand, in the neighbouring Pacific region and also as imports from the US and other countries. As Australia is such a large country, many of our fruits and vegetables grown in Australia are available for many months of the year and perhaps not as seasonal as in some other countries.

    As a child (born in the 60's) I remember most of our family meals were meat and three veg or ocassionally a roast chicken or beef with roast veges. Sometimes we would have sausages or rissoles (burger patties). The most adventurous meal I remember as a child was spaghetti and meatballs. SInce the 80's our cooking has become much more adventurous and more multi-cultural. We have access to many Asian, Chinese, and Indian grocery items in our supermarkets and specialty grocery stores. Australian families are quite used to eating Indian one night, then Vietnamese and Italian the next.

    Iconic Australian foods include- lamingtons, meat pies, damper, pumpkin scones, vegemite, pavlova, Anzac biscuits (that's a cookie in the US)




    New Zealand

    New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa) is situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and is comprised of two main landmasses, the North and South Islands, as well as numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is approximately 1,500 kilometres or 900 miles east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and is approximately 1,000 kilometres or 600 miles south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. It was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.

    Polynesians settled New Zealand in around 1250–1300 and the Māori culture developed. Europeans did not make contact until 1642. Today the majority of the population in New Zealand is of European descent with Māori being the largest minority, followed by Asians and non-Māori Polynesians. The official languages of New Zealand are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language - the most predominant language spoken is English. Much of New Zealand's culture is derived from Māori and early British settlers.

    The hangi (pronounced hung-ee) or earth oven is the best known traditional form of cooking for Maori. To "lay a hāngi" or "put down a hāngi" involves digging a pit in the ground, heating stones in the pit with a large fire, placing baskets of food on top of the stones, and covering everything with earth for several hours before uncovering (or lifting) the hāngi. All varieties of meat, poultry, vegetables and steamed puddings can be cooked in the hangi.


    The cuisine of New Zealand is similar to Australian cuisine, in that it is highly derivative of British food. It is thought that from the 1960's, when travel became more available and affordable, New Zealanders travelled and brought back a taste for French, Italian, Indian and Chinese cooking.

    In general, there are minimal differences between the food preference of New Zealand and Australia.

    Iconic Foods of New Zealand include, the pavlova, kumera, kiwi fruit, lamb, pineapple lumps (candy) and whitebait.

    The Pavlova is New Zealand's national dessert and claim to it's invention has long been a great debate between Australians and New Zealanders who both lay claim to its invention. The Pavlova is a meringue shell with a marshmallowy center topped with whipped cream and fruit. It was aptly named after Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who visited New Zealand in 1926 and Australia in 1929.

    The nutritious kumara, also known as the sweet potato, has been cultivated in New Zealand for thousands of years. It is believed that the kumara was introduced to New Zealand by early Maori settlers in the mid 1200s. Today the kumara is mainly grown on the semi-tropical North Island of New Zealand.

    Sheep farming has played a huge part in New Zealand’s economy. From 1856 to 1987, it was the most important farming industry. But since then, dairy farming has earned more money. Sheep numbers have fallen, from 70 million in 1982 to about 39 million in 2007. Today it is estimated that there are approximately 10 sheep for each New Zealander. It is no wonder that lamb is the most widely eaten meat in the NZ diet.

    New Zealand is also well known for it's high quality dairy products and cool climate wines. New Zealanders also have access to a wide range of seafoods available such as mussels, crayfish, oysters, salmon, whitebait and other fresh fish.

    New Zealand's cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, drawing inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia.



    Ingredients that are not commonly used or may not be readily available in Australia and New Zealand include:-
    - shortening
    - corn or Karo syrup
    - tinned/canned black or turtle beans (the black asian beans are readily available)
    - tinned/canned condensed soups (some varieties are available but not typically used in Aus/NZ recipes and cooking)
    - half and half
    - American candy
    - frozen juice concentrates
    - cool whip
    -velveeta cheese
    - crescent rolls or dough
    - tinned/canned pumpkin puree
    - powdered buttermilk or powdered soy milk
    - tomatillos



    Optional: Food Photo Forum
    wave.gif Hello Zaar World Tour 8 travelers,
    The photo forum would be extremely honoured if you would photograph your tasty travels and share your food photos. They welcome all, so please don't be shy whether beginner or pro!


    Last edited by **Jubes** on Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:58 am, edited 1 time in total
    twissis
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:06 am
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    Posting for emails ... I was the 1st in the last regions too. icon_smile.gif
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:38 am
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    wave.gif Hi twissis

    Wow.....you must have caught an early flight to Australia !

    Welcome icon_biggrin.gif

    ......or maybe that should be " G'day mate!!! "
    twissis
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:47 am
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    **Jubes** wrote:
    wave.gif Hi twissis
    Wow.....you must have caught an early flight to Australia !
    Welcome icon_biggrin.gif
    ......or maybe that should be " G'day mate!!! "
    wave.gif Hi Jubes icon_exclaim.gif wave.gif I was 1st on-board the flight & grabbed a front-row seat. These 2 stops on the Tour are my absolute faves & I'm so glad we're finally here. Yea icon_exclaim.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:55 am
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    twissis .........you are just in time for dinner .

    I'm heading out to the kitchen to start cooking now icon_smile.gif
    katew
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:03 am
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    I might cook tonight tooo !!!!
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:40 am
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    wave.gif Hi Kate

    We've had Aussie Rissoles tonight by Nif.

    My husband was very happy to fire up the barbie tonight for these icon_smile.gif
    katew
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:42 am
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    I am thawing pumpkin for damper !!!
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:51 am
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    mmmmmm........that sounds goooooddddd yummy.gif
    twissis
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:03 am
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    I have something spec planned for tonite icon_smile.gif ... Siggi & I had our 9th wedding anniversary on July 30th, but postponed marking the occasion so we could celebrate in the new destinations. Tonite is the nite icon_exclaim.gif ... Set table, light candles, play lively music & dine on creative cuisine fusion. icon_wink.gif
    katew
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:54 am
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    twissis wrote:
    I have something spec planned for tonite icon_smile.gif ... Siggi & I had our 9th wedding anniversary on July 30th, but postponed marking the occasion so we could celebrate in the new destinations. Tonite is the nite icon_exclaim.gif ... Set table, light candles, play lively music & dine on creative cuisine fusion. icon_wink.gif


    Wow Twis !! Have a wonderful dinner ! Happy Anniversary !
    **Jubes**
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:42 am
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    Happy Anniversary twissis icon_biggrin.gif
    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:35 pm
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    Bonnie G #2
    For the New Zealand leg I've MERP'd New Zealand Rock Cakes by threeovens
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    Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:18 pm
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    I made a batch of Super Fast Queensland Pineapple Cake (No Cake Mix) 484193 early this morning and it was marvelous!!!
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