Australia is the smallest continent in the world.  It is surrounded by the Pacific,  Southern, and India Oceans as well as the Timor, Tasman, and Coral Seas. 


Australia was discovered by Dutch explorers in 1606.  In 1770 the British claimed the eastern half of Australia and started to use it to settle a penal colony.  As the contenent was explored,  5 new colonies were created.  The 6 colonies, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, and Western Australia joined together and became a sovereign nation in 1901.

Some interesting facts about Australia are:  they have the 12th largest economy in the world; their military spend is the 13th largest in the world; they have the largest coral reef in the world; Mount Augustus is the largest monocline (single upright block of stone) in the world; Melbourne was ranked first place from 2011 – 2013 as the most livable city.  In 2014  the honor was given to Copenhagen, and Melbourne dropped down to 3rd.  They also have extremely diverse and unique creatures like the platypus, koala, and kangaroo.

But the most important fact to me is it is a country I have been to!

I spent a week in Sydney and went to the Blue Mountains where I went spelunking for the first time.  It was a great trip.

The cuisine of Australia is influenced by the British, the regional fauna and flora, as well as Chinese food.  Chinese influence started during the Australian gold rush in the 1850s and 60s.  Some of their favorite foods are vegemite, violet crumble, jafa, tim tams, and chiko roll. These are all packaged foods.  I thought I would find some dishes inspired by aboriginal dishes.  However most of what I found seemed to be a different word for something that can be found in the U.S. or Britain.

I got the job offer and took the job.  My progress on cooking is going to slow down significantly once I am employed. So I need to get cracking on making the following dishes:


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