Christmas dinner in Australia
Australian Christmas today is characterized by gastronomic eclecticism. Many of us have abandoned the old British customs — except for the rich and alcoholic Christmas pudding. Edward Shaw/iStockphoto hide caption
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Australian Christmas today is characterized by gastronomic eclecticism. Many of us have abandoned the old British customs — except for the rich and alcoholic Christmas pudding.
Americans know Australia as the land Down Under, and one consequence of this geographical flip is that Christmas here falls at the height of summer.
Our 100-degree temperatures aren't exactly conducive to cooking with a hot oven — although early colonists gave it their best shot.
But it wasn't long before Australians began to rebel, ditching the formal dining room for the pleasures of a picnic spread at the beach or a shady glade. Over the years, many of us have abandoned the old British customs altogether.
This is part of a series of stories exploring the rich diversity of Christmastime edibles around the world, and the stories behind the food.
Except for Christmas pudding.
Plum pudding, as it's also known, has a long, distinguished history going back to at least the early 17th century. Ironically, plums are not an ingredient, though other fruits — dried raisins, sultanas and currants — are obligatory, as are aromatic spices. These are suspended in a matrix made of grated suet, eggs, breadcrumbs and flour — and a healthy pour of brandy, or sometimes rum or sherry. Traditionally, this rich and alcoholic dessert is served with custard and brandy butter. While you welcome it on Christmas Day, once a year is plenty.
Ideally, you make the pudding in November, giving it a month to age. You prepare the fruit and search for silver coins and tiny charms — a money purse, a horseshoe, a ring — to add in. These will predict the finder's luck in the coming year.
Finally, you assemble family for the all-important stirring: Everyone takes turns grasping the stout wooden spoon and pushing it through the solid mass of fruit, coins and charms while making a wish. The spoon must always follow the same direction, and there can be no pause in the stirring, for fear that wishes will not be granted.what shops are at the fort shopping centre birmingham what is classed as essential shopping scotland when is primark going online shopping how to shopping cart house shopping for what you can afford how has shopping changed instagram shopping how to set up pottermore what house am i which is the best supermarket for online shopping what are the disadvantages of shopping online how to reduce shopping addiction how to get to braehead shopping centre from glasgow city centre what is in a shopping mall how much does a shopping trolley cost where has shopping gone on google what time does kingfisher shopping centre close how to start online shopping app asda online shopping how long to deliver how online shopping sites make profit how much does it cost to build a shopping complex when will shopping centres reopen 2021 why customers abandon shopping carts what to wear shopping with friends how to activate asda shopping card how to stop spiders coming in your house questions to ask when buying a house how to access google assistant shopping list how has covid changed consumer shopping behaviour why is online shopping better how much google shopping cost which is the fastest delivery shopping app how to code a shopping cart in html why would the police come to your house uk how much does a house survey cost 2021 uk when did asda start online shopping what shopping sites accept paypal tesco how to add to shopping list what temperature should house be at night what is omnichannel shopping where to buy string shopping bags why are there so many moths in my house