Happy Australia Day!!

Australia Day 2013

What are your plans for Australia Day? I think for most of us here in the sunburnt country, its very much a case of BBQ, beach, and a game of cricket. Maybe listen to the Hottest 100 if you are that way inclined (we are!) So I suggest getting some good tucker into you, some Aussie beer/wine (or water?) and enjoy the day. Here are some of our favourite Australian-inspired foods…

You can’t go past Lamb on Australia Day (though I am also partial to Kangaroo or Wallaby – and I’m now wishing I’d though of that before 2pm on Friday or I would be including a recipe for one of those meats). However, I digress, Lamb it is!

Marinated Lamb Cutlets
You’ll Need
12 Lamb Cutlets
1/3 cup Freenut butter (or regular Peanut Butter – crunchy is best)
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1cm piece of ginger (finely chopped)
Half a red chilli (or to taste) finely chopped
1 TB brown sugar
1 tspn fish sauce
1/4 cup lime juice

  • Pop all the ingredients (aside from the lamb) together in a bowl and mix together.
  • Use a brush (or a spoon) to paste the marinade onto the lamb – marinate for a minimum or 30 minutes, or overnight if possible.
  • Cook over a high heat on a grill or bbq plate for about 5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.
  • Let the meat rest for a couple of minutes before serving.
  • Squeeze over a wedge of fresh lime for extra tang and serve with Danni’s yummy macadamia salad!

Thermomix Conversion for the Marinade
1 garlic clove
1cm piece of ginger
Half a red chilli (or to taste)
110gm Freenut butter (or regular Peanut Butter – crunchy is best)
1 TB brown sugar
1 tspn fish sauce
1/4 cup lime juice

  • Put ginger, garlic and chili in TM bowl. Chop for 4 seconds on speed 7.
  • Scrape down sides and add the remaining marinade ingredients.
  • Mix for 5 seconds on Speed 4.
  • Marinate lamb and cook as per previous instructions.

Marinated lamb cutlets

Rocket, Mango and Macadamia Salad

You’ll Need:

1 large bunch Rocket

1 x Mango – diced

1 x Avocado – diced

1/2 cup or so chopped macadamias

1 x small handful Basil

Juice of 1 x Lime

1 x good lug of Olive Oil

  • Arrange your rocket on your platter or in a big bowl
  • Sprinkle over your Mango pieces, Avocado, Macadamias and Basil
  • Squeeze over your lime juice and olive oil
  • Serve up and Enjoy!

Rocket, Mango & Macadamia Salad

And of course if you want dessert, you can’t go past a classic pavlova! Check out the delicious one I helped prepare last year – here!

Berried treasure pavlova



  1. Lisa @ mummy's undeserved blessings says:

    Looks great! Not sure about eating Wallaby though:) we are not doing too much here. Just relaxing for the day. Enjoy your Australia Day.

  2. Oh these look fabulous. You can’t go wrong with Aussie lamb, though I am partial to a wallaby shank too :-).

    • I’m such a wallaby fan. In fact its pretty much my favourite meat to eat now, but I’m yet to actually cook with it myself. I really must get onto that! ~Mel~

  3. YUM! Both recipes look delicious!

    • They are both delicious! The lamb is a particular favourite in this household. My kids are pretty much guaranteed to eat anything with ‘handles’!!

  4. That salad is all the best bits of Queensland in one bowl! Thanks for linking up with the Australia Day Party.
    Cheers, Amanda x

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