Tim Tams and travel? Yes please!
AUSTRALIAN SWEET TREATS TO SAVOUR
Anyone who reads Turnipseed Travel regularly will know Vanessa has a sweet tooth. I doubt she’s met a brownie she didn't like. Now down here in Australia, we don’t have a strong brownie culture, so to stop Vanessa going into withdrawals I’ve come up with a list of true Aussie delights to tempt her taste buds. As always, I’m conscious of her coffeecan budget, so everything I've chosen won’t break the budget. Oh, and by the way, they are all easily found in supermarkets, cafes or bakeries (except the Haigh’s chocs, which are well worth the trip!)
While it is creeping into our language, we don’t use the term “baked goods”. Instead, we use the specific term for what we are talking about: cakes are called cakes, pies and tarts are pies and tarts and biscuits are biscuits.
What we call biscuits North Americans would call a cookie. We do use cookie, but it tends to be limited to those enormous biscuits kept in jars in cafes. If you are in the supermarket, you need to look for the biscuit aisle to find biscuits!
North American biscuits are known by the English term scone, and are served as a sweet – with either cream or butter and jam. We pronounce the word as in “gone” not as in “cone”.
Pavlova. This is a controversial choice, as both Australia and New Zealand claim the “pav” as its national dessert. Regardless of where you stand on the argument, if you are in Australia, enjoy it, and do the same in NZ. A good pavlova has a light, crisp meringue-like crust, then a soft, gooey, sweet meringue centre. Add freshly whipped cream and fruit (personally I like strawberry and passionfruit, both of which are very traditional). You can buy good quality pre-prepared pavlova shells in the supermarket, and make your own if you have kitchen facilities. Make sure you buy proper whipping cream (not that awful stuff in a can), whip the cream and add your fruit of choice. If you can’t imagine a dessert without chocolate buy a Flake bar (or two) and crumble the layers of chocolate over the top! If you don’t have access to a kitchen look for pavlovas in cafes and enjoy with a coffee.
So there you have it. While she may be short of brownies, I think Vanessa will be well satisfied with these Aussie options!
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