Yesterday was Australia Day. It’s a day that most Australians celebrate to remember the landing of the first fleet in what would become Sydney in 1788. When I say most Australians there are many Indigenous Australians who refer to 26 January as Invasion Day. Australia Day is a national day and a public holiday is always gazetted. Given this year 26 January falls on a Saturday all the celebrations occurred yesterday yet we get Monday as a public holiday. I love Australia. We get so many public holidays and everyone receives four weeks of recreation leave a year as a basic employment entitlement. That said, statistics show that Australians work longer hours per week than most member countries of the OECD so while we get plenty of holidays, we also know how to work hard.
English: Dick Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On Australia Day, I always think about how fortunate I am to have been born in Australia and to be Australian. For many Australians the celebration revolves around food and alcohol. As a non-drinker (which is pretty uncommon in Australia), I focus on food. In recent years the lamb industry has invested significantly in advertising that real Australians eat lamb on Australia Day. While I don’t believe it’s unpatriotic not to eat lamb on Australia Day, I do like lamb so that’s what I had.
There was also a very cheeky YouTube and television video played this Australia Day by Dick Smith who is an entrepreneur, business man and advocate for buying Australian made.
Barb Beacham, a wonderful blogger friend whose site is called, “Life in the Foothills,” included me this week for the Super Sweet Award! Thank you Barb. Barb and I started following each other soon after I started blogging. Barb is the wonderful person who sent me a bottle of Spike to try. Barb blogs about food and her marvellous life in the Sierra Foothills.
1 – That I give credit to the person who nominated me. Again thank you Barb!
2 – That I answer the super sweet questions. Here are the questions and answers:
Q1: Cookies or cake? I’m a cake person. Although I do like white chocolate and Queensland nut (Macadamia nuts) biscuits (cookies) best. In terms of cake I like a nice Queensland nut (Macadamia but) carrot cake made with crushed pineapple and vanilla icing (fristing).
Importantly Fiona has decided to do something crazy for her 30 years on year. She’s giving up caffeine for a month. She’s doing this for charity. Please visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au/phonakins30 to learn more.
Red Rock Deli hamper from above (iPhone)
Inside the Red Rock Deli hamper (iPhone)
These are the Red Rock Deli corn chips that were inside (iPhone)
This is a gratuitous photograph of my dinner tonight. Avocado with drumsticks and peas and corn.
I like symmetry when plating up (iPhone) my avocado and drumsticks
A fellow blogger, viz., Susartandfood‘s Blog was generous and has passed on to me the Kreativ Blogger (award). Thank you very much Susan.
I’m now passing this on to seven fellow bloggers (I’m sorry if they’ve already shared in this happiness).
The rules for this award are:
Thank the blogger who gave me the award and provide a link. My thanks go out to Susan from across the Pacific. Please stop by and visit her and catch up on her thoughts about life, living and eating at http://susartandfood.wordpress.com/.
List 7 things about myself that my readers might find interesting
Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know
Seven things about me that aren’t exactly exciting but you may not have known.
This year I discovered the joy of WordPressblogging. I feel like I’m in a community of like minded friends. I wish everyone who reads and writes a blog a very Merry Christmas and a happy blogging new year.
Happy holidays everyone Happy cooking, photographing and best of all eating!