Do you know what I hate? Meal planning. It is the bane of my existence. It was made even worse by the fact that my eldest child went all rogue on me and became a vegetarian; and, the youngest
was is an impossibly picky eater. The middle one was the only one who would eat anything I made (ah, middle children; they’re so easy). Several years ago, I tried spicing up the dinner doldrums with what I called the Alphabite Appetite game. Once a week we designed an entire meal around a letter of the alphabet. Everyone got to choose one component. It made for some very interesting dinners! Our first Alphabite Appetite dinner consisted of Apple-Pecan pancakes (Drew), Alphabet soup (Avery), Artichokes (stuffed) (Aydan) and Applesauce (me).
We discovered that “D” is a crappy letter for “D”inner. Dates were unanimously voted gross. Deviled eggs never made it to the table. Dill pickles were shunned. Dragon Fruit does not exist on the East coast in late January and the daikon radish latkes only got a few sniffs and a couple of tentative nibbles. Drumsticks and Dumplings saved the day (or at least saved us from going to bed hungry and totally hating “D”.) A few other letters gave us some trouble, but we had a lot of fun with Alphabet Appetites and certainly expanded our taste buds.
Now, Avery and I are taking our Alphabite Appetites to a whole new level! Having just depleted the family adventure budget on some major home repairs, we needed to find an inexpensive way to experience other cultures. The U.S. Department of State website handily lists all of the recognized countries in alphabetical order. Since food is an important part of every culture, we are going to eat our way through the alphabet again – this time by country. Alphabite Appetite: Global edition!
A is for…
Our choices for the first Alphabet Appetites: Global featured country were:
Avery picked Australia, but made me assure her that kangaroos would not be part of any meal unless they were sitting on her lap!
While traveling in Nicaragua, I met a fantastic Aussie couple. I could sit there for hours just listening to them talk. Not only do they have adorable accents, but they use some mighty funny words! My personal favorite is “fairy floss.” Any idea what that is? No? Neither did I. It’s cotton candy! Hahahaha! Fairy floss! That’s definitely got to end up on our menu.
Avery and I are super excited to start planning our dinner from the land down under. We’ve started researching some options; but, I thought, who better to ask than an Aussie? Unfortunately, the one I turned to wasn’t very helpful. When I asked him for a recipe, he just looked at me blankly. He was six foot four and full of muscles. So…
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich
And he said:
“I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder
You better run, you better take cover.”
– Men at Work “Down Under”
(I crack myself up.)
Stay tuned for the menu! Want to play along? Let me know what ends up on your plate!
We’d love your help with recipe selections. Leave a comment to help us plan the perfect Australian dinner!