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Australia Day Celebrations

Posted on | January 18, 2010 | No Comments

January 26th is a special day in the heart of all Australians as we get a public holiday to celebrate the arrival of the first fleet hitting our shores.

On the eve of Australia Day each year, the Prime Minister announces the winner of the Australian of the Year award, many newcomers choose to become Australian citizens, for the younger generation music festivals Big Day Out, Australia Day Live Concert and Triple J Hottest 100 can be attended or listened to.  You can sit back, enjoy watching a one-day international cricket test on TV or attend the endless number of BBQ’s offering ‘snags on the barbie’ (A snag is a sausage in Aussie slang)

Many pubs are packed to the rafters with people winning money on traditional cane toad & cockroach races and it’s the one day of the year that you can bet on the coin game “two up”.  There’s of course fireworks, drinking, lots of fun and everyone proudly wears their green & gold or red/white/blue clothes.

But Australia Day wouldn’t be complete without eating a meat pie and lamington.  These mouth watering aussie favourites can be described as a hand size, savoury meat pie smothered in tomato sauce that we firmly believe contains 100% real meat!  (ignorance is bliss) and a lamington is a sponge cake cut into large squares, dipped in chocolate on each side and then rolled in coconut.  Truly Australian!

And now the bad news….. yep you guessed it – here is the nutrition information for each:

Meat Pie: Serving size 220g

Meat pie - not enough sauce on this one I say!

Meat pie - not enough sauce on this one I say!

  • Energy:  426 calories
  • Protein:  16g
  • Carbs:  38g
  • Fat:  29g

Tomato Sauce: Serving size 1 Tablespoon

  • Energy:  15 calories
  • Protein: 0.26g
  • Carbs:  3.76g
  • Fat: 0.06g

Lamington: Per serving (about 1 square)

  • Energy:  290 calories (200 from fat)
  • Protein:  4g
  • Carbs: 28g total carbohydrate (12 g from sugar)
  • Fat:  23g total fat

That’s a solid effort!  Over 700 calories in less than 400 grams of food.  Thank goodness it’s only Australia Day once a year!  If you add the ‘snags’, bread and beer to the pies and lamingtons – that’s alot of damage done in one day!

As for me personally – I’ll be celebrating in style at Boomarang Restaurant at Robinson Quay – Barefoot Bowls, Snags, cheap crownies and lots of fun with friends.  I’m dragging along “the americans” to show them how we celebrate our Independence Day!!!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…. Oi Oi Oi


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