Australian and Aboriginal cuisine is an amazing combination of the foods prepared and eaten by not only the Aborigines, the natives who have lived in Australia for about 50,000 to 60,000 years, but also those of the British colonists and the settlers who stayed behind after English colonization was over, as well as a more recent influence of East Asian and Mediterranean immigrants.
Indigenous Australians, over the millennia, have developed a hunter-gatherer diet, a very unique style of cuisine known as “bush tucker”; with the use of available ingredients such as indigenous fauna, flora, and wild meats like kangaroo, alligator, snake, and even grubs and insects. When the British came, they brought with them farm animals such as cattle and sheep, and they also introduced wheat flour – all of which soon became staples in Australian meals and eating habits.
After World War II is when Australian cuisine took on another influence, that being the foods and spices preferences of the East Asian and Mediterranean migrants who settled there, making what we know of today as Australian cuisine as a truly multicultural blend of some very different ethnic cultures.
So here you will find the incredibly unique and widely varied recipes, as well as resources to prepare them, including some authentic Aboriginal “Bush Tucker”, all of which will surely make your ethnic adventure a memorable one, into the world of …
Australian and Aboriginal Cuisine
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Here is the list, in alphabetical order:
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