Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!
The Snook and I celebrated the holiday by hosting a small barbecue at our place. We cooked some beautiful barbecued lamb, garlic chicken, and damper on the grill. Tia, Daniel and Rohan brought potato salad. Steph and Eva brought some amazing Australian-themed bento boxes, including one designed to look like a jar of Vegemite. (No Vegemite was actually IN the bento, thank goodness.) Rachel – who still persists in not having a blog – brought a gorgeous panzanella salad. And for dessert, I whipped up a “Lamingtonmisu” from Not Quite Nigella’s recipe. (I used storebought lamingtons, cut them in half, and just wedged them in the pan as best I could.) Everyone scoffed when they saw me making it, but it really did turn out awesome! Clean plates all around. Other than that, we availed ourselves of the Snook’s homebrew and tried not to move too much. It really was stinkin’ hot today.

It made me a little sad to see comments on Twitter and Facebook from Australians who choose not to celebrate the day. I can understand their position, but not all national pride is misplaced. Many of us chose to come here, and we are proud to call ourselves citizens of this country. It’s nice to have a day where I’m reminded of it.

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  1. Hey, don’t bag the Vegemite man!

  2. I’m not baggin’ the Vegemite! Vegemite rocks. Just not in SUSHI. 🙂

  3. the lamingtonmisu looked like a great adventure! and i would be ok with australia day if it hadnt become an excuse for all the red neck racists to crawl out from under their rocks.

  4. I’m still waiting to become a citizen, dammit! Apparently there is at least a six-month wait between completing the requirements and being invited to a ceremony. All I want is the registration – through the mail would be fine by me!

    We don’t celebrate it as such, but I did stop PhD work early and made us and my son a nice meal.

  5. I just checked back through the archives to see how long mine took, M-H. I did the interview on June 26, 2006 and I got the appointment letter on September 7 (with my ceremony to be held on the 29th). So for the City of Sydney, it was about three months from interview to ceremony.

  6. looks like a great time – so sorry we didn’t make it 🙁

  7. It’s become a lot longer – it doesn’t matter which council area you are in it’s a least 6 months. Apparently they’ve been deluged with applications in the last two years. Something to do with the change of government maybe?

  8. So glad that you liked the recipe for the Lamingtonmisu! 🙂 Those Vegemite bentos are so clever 😀

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