Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Aussie BBQ Bonanza – Celebrating Diversity35

Posted on September 21, 2008 by ChristieEvents

Spring has sprung in Sydney! To celebrate we had a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ featuring dishes that showcase the multicultural diversity of Australia and abundance of fresh seasonal produce.

It’s part of the global blogging event “24 Meals, 24 Hours, 24 Blog Posts” hosted by the fabulous team at Foodbuzz. They chose 24 lucky food bloggers to create an ultimate meal that was unique to their region. So of course I had to fire up the barbie and represent Oz proudly!

Just before we dive in I need to warn my international readers that there may be some Aussie slang you won’t understand. But don’t worry, just scroll to the bottom for the glossary!

Ready, Set, Go – grab some finger food and a cold bevvie…


A quick little adaptation turns the classic Italian salad combo into a cute canape. Cherry tomatoes, baby bocconcini and basil in a shot glass.

Guests Verdict? A real ripper! You get just the right amount of each flavour.


This idea came to me in a daydream… It’s a Swedish and Japanese fusion dish! Wafer thin wholemeal crepes, cream cheese, smoked salmon and roasted seaweed.

Guests Verdict? I was hesitant at first, but I’m stoked with how good they taste.

Now let’s get serious and crank up the barbie!


Diced lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon and fresh oregano. Served with a creamy feta and black kalamata olive dip.

Guests Verdict? This is good tucker, nice with a splash of dead horse. Where’s the snags?


A seasonal adaptation with new potatoes, asparagus, broad beans and mint. Lemon and yoghurt dressing is served on the side for individual dollops.

Guests Verdict? An absolute corker! Really fresh and totally ridgy-didge. Good onya Christie!


Fat king prawns were skewered and simply brushed with sweet chilli sauce. We couldn’t have a barbie without throwing on the shrimps! But just to clarify, we call them prawns here in Oz. Prawns.

Guests Verdict? Totally grouse. Who doesn’t love prawns? Fair dinkum it’s a bonzer dish!


The classic Lebanese salad – fresh, tangy and crunchy. Perfect for a hot Spring day with parsley, tomato, cracked wheat, spring onions (scallions), lemon, mint, olive oil and allspice.

Guests Verdict? I’m rapt with this salad. Strewth, it’s so good!

And the grand finale, Vegemite inspired dessert…


You may think I’m crazy, but it was delicious! The Vegemite added a subtle salty flavour that really complimented the sweet fruit. Strawberries, lychees, pineapple and rockmelon (cantaloupe) were doused generously. Plus extra for dipping.

Guests Verdict? Totally Ace! Finger licking good! I reckon it could have turned out really bodgy, but fair go, Christie pulled it off!

But wait, there’s still more! I’m going to reveal all the recipes too, so drop by again tomorrow to get your first fix.

Happy eating, Christie


Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Barbie : barbecue (noun)
Bevvie: beverage, drink
Bodgy : of inferior quality
Bonzer : great, ripper
Corker : something excellent.
Dead horse : Tomato sauce
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance (“give a bloke a fair go”)
Gobsmacked : surprised, astounded
Good onya : good for you, well done
Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good
Oz : Australia!
Rapt : pleased, delighted
Reckon! : you bet! Absolutely!
Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
Ripper : great, fantastic
Snag : a sausage
Stoked : very pleased
Strewth : exclamation, mild oath
Tucker : food

Glossary descriptions borrowed from Koala Net.

  • Ahhh, we’re at opposite seasons…I’m saying good-bye to summer and you’re welcoming a new one.

    Aussies have a bounty of food and it shows here in your food.

  • gorgeous photos! They are so vibrant & beautiful. It is a great idea to do a bbq for the event, it sounds really fun :)

  • Beautiful and delightful as always, my dear! You represent Oz with shining color – I especially love the vegemite dessert (how could you have an Oz BBQ without vegemite?!!! What a lovely write- up too – I love the pictures with the descriptions and the guest verdicts too! Everything looks so gorgeous that I’m simply jealous of your lucky guests who could attend (wish I could have been with you ;). xoxoxo

  • Din

    Strewth – what a spread!

  • Vegemite caramel sounds awful – but tastes incredible!

  • Colorful and awesome! I love that glossary ;)

  • How did I manage to put this comment on the wrong post?!! Ah well, here it is again….

    Congratulations Christie! I am loving your barbie! It is so funny because I understood nearly every word of the Aussie slang! Although ridgy-didge was a new one on me. Thanks to a childhood of watching “Neighbours” I spent many of my formative years saying things like, ’strewth mate, throw another snag on the barbie’. Fair dinkum was also a favourite!

    I love those little crepe rolls , they are genius and prawns on the barbie always get my vote. They are prawns to me too. I am firing up my barbie today for one last time this year – yay!

  • I really like your post. The pictures are ace and it all makes me so hungry.

    Can’t wait to get the recipe for the Vegemite Caramel.

    Keep up the good work!

    // Mike

  • I love your post! Australia is lucky to have all these culinary influences. One of my bestest friends is Australian (from Sydney) and he always goes on about the food there. Your Greek lamb skewers needed some tzatziki though .. ;-)

  • Congratulations Christi!! Your plating and colors are amazing.. and I love how you included a an Aussie Slang glossary. I wish I was there to celebrate with you all!! Brava.. :)

  • Wow! I’m speechless! this is a beautiful representation of the many offerings we have here in Oz! I’m intrigued by that Vegemite caramel dessert! A fantastic effort Christie.

  • Those salmon sushi rolls definitely have my attention, very healthy. The photos are stunning!

    BTW, thanks for pointing out the fact about the cupcakes! I completely forgot about the butter :P.

  • I loved your idea. I was discussing it at my 24,24,24 yesterday, and my friends had had so much wine they began to attempt using Aussie slang, but then we realized we didn’t know enough to have much of a conversation. Looks delicious.

  • Everything looks great. Not a big fan off Vegemite, but I think I’d give that sauce a whirl. Looks light and perfect for Spring! And yes we must have had some metaphysical foodie-dar going on with the deuling Caprese Salads:-)

  • Looks a true ripper feast Christie! Wouldn’t mind smashing some of those prawns with a brew out back!

    Really like the look of the salad too – heaps good.

  • Now thats a BBQ!!!! Nice one. I think you need more beer recipes… or just more beer.

  • Bravo…what a ripper!! Loved the barbie idea & great to see Spring visiting some part of the world. This was one racey, fresh post! Congrats on being part of the 24!!

  • steve

    i am sure i can help with a few more slang definations. dogs eye; russian spy [for pie] etc

  • That was a fabulous post! Loved the pics and love the food!

  • Vegemite caramel! No freakin’ way! I gotta experiment with that one.

  • What a lovely BBQ! And yes I’d love to try that Vegemite caramel. Sound delish with the fruits.

  • awesome post!! i especially like the little glossary at the end since i long to be an australian. :)

  • This is fabulous, and your enjoyment of the meal just bounces from the page. Congrats on putting on a great spring feast. My favorite Aussie expression uttered by Lisl (my wife and co-blogger) this weekend: “dead soldiers”, slang for the empty wine bottles.

    Enjoy your spring as we head into Fall. :)

    oi oi oi

  • Vegemite caramel eh? Sounds quite interesting and original. Well done! Now if only I can find vegemite in Canada…

  • Peter – Isn’t it weird?

    Noobcook – Thanks, it was really fun!

    Michelle – It would have been lovely to have you there.

    Din – Indeed!

    Bear – Glad you liked it darling, and thanks for supporting my strange concoctions!

    Marja – Glad you liked the glossary!

    Helen – Thanks! You really knew ‘dead horse’? You must have been Aussie in another life!

    Swedish Mike – Cheers, keep tuned for the vegemite caramel recipe!

    FoodJunkie – You’re so right! How could I have forgotten the tzatziki!

    Laurie – Thank you, I was lucky to have some gorgeous sunshine on the day.

    Peter G – Thanks a million!

    Sophie – Glad you like them – they were a bit of a gamble. But turned out really tasty.

    Maybelles Mom – Haha, that’s great! I would love to have been a fly on the wall…

    Marc – You’ll be surprised at the flavour. The vegemite just adds saltiness without a vegemite taste.

    Sparrokei – Mmm, prawns do go well with a nice cold beer!

    Jmez – Hmmm, another beer lover. You and Sparrokei must be Aussies ;)

    Deeba – Thank you and congrats to you too!

    Steve – I included ‘dead horse’ just for you!

    Ju’eta – Thanks babe!

    ZenKimchi – You’re gonna love it. It’s delicious.

    Kian – I hope you try it. Let me know!

    Grace – Haha, you long to be Australian? Wow!

    Giff – Thank you so much. I loved your post too, so personal.

    JudyFoodie – Fingers crossed you find some vegemite. This recipe will not disappoint!

  • I love the glossary! =D

  • I love the use of Vegemite in the caramel! Very creative.

  • TS – Cheers! It seems to be a hit!

    Howard – Thanks! It worked really well. Can’t wait to make it again.

  • It is great post and nice to refresh the slangs as I stayed in Sydney for a long time.The vegemite dessert sounds interesting and must give it a shot.

  • Cor blimey luv, you did us proud! I’m especially loving the crepe/sushi creation. Nice one!!

  • Aces all round…everything looked delicious, especially the salmon. Always been curious about vegemite, now I’ll make it a priority to try it.

  • I’m from Perth and I love the variety that Sydney has got to offer. And what a sweet idea with the vegemite dip!

  • I LOVE your photos. They seem to pop out of the page! Really lovely!

  • Shibani – Glad you’ve got to experience Sydney in your life time!

    Jen – Hehe. Thanks. Recipe for the ‘sushi’ coming soon.

    Hugging the coast – I hope you try vegemite, it’s delicious!

    Daphne – Perth is beautiful. I’ve been there once. Thanks for dropping by!

    Passionfordecor – Thank you so much!

  • I have been examinating out a few of your stories and it’s pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog.

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