National Food Days Calendar Australia

National Food Days Calendar Australia

Interested in staying up to date with the many “food days” that we celebrate in Australia?  Then look no further that the Eat My Street National Food Days Calendar Australia.

Eat My Street has compiled a list of International and National Food Days that are celebrated here in Australia. We even have some that are not yet celebrated but we think they should be.

We add to our list all the time so sign up or follow us on Facebook to receive a reminder each month of what is coming up. We also regularly publish lists on great ways to celebrate.

January

  • International Hot and Spicy Food Day January 16th
  • International Sticky Toffee Pudding Day January 23rd

February

  • World Nutella Day February 5th
  • World Pizza Day February 9th

March

  • National Honey Day March 17
  • National Waffle Day (Sweden) March 25th.

April

  • Cheese Fondu Day April 11th
  • National Garlic Day April 19th

May

  • International Hummus Day May 13th
  • National Burger Day May 28th
  • World Biscuit Day May 29th

June

  • World Milk Day June 1
  • World Gin Day June 10th
  • World Tapas Day 15th June (third Thursday in June).
  • International Sushi Day June 18
  • Winter Solstice June 21st 2017

July

  • World Chocolate Day July 7th
  • International Lamington Day. July 21st.
  • National Milkshake Day. July 23rd.
  • National Carrot Day. July 25.

August

  • National Potato Day August 19th
  • National Honey Bee Day August 20th
  • Lemon Juice Day august 29th

September

  • International Bacon Day September 5th
  • International Coffee Day September 29th

October

  • World Vegetarian Day October 1st
  • National Cinnamon Bun Day (Sweden) October 4th
  • National Kale Day October 5th
  • World Bread Day October 16th

November

  • National Mud Cake Day (Sweden) November 7th

December

  • International Tea Day December 15th

Did I miss anything? Then please email the team and we can add it to the list.  danib@eatmystreet.net


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National Food Days Calendar Australia with Dani B from Eat My Street

 

Winter Solstice. 16 cosy ways to celebrate.

The Winter Solstice is here again and I certainly noticed it this morning.

Winter SolsticeWinter Solstice is marked on the shortest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere.

Technically this would make it a perfect opportunity to catch a late sunrise, but in reality, Melbourne is pretty cold and overcast and it just ends up making it harder to get out of a warm, snuggly bed.

At my house it meant I got to lay there in the dark a little longer ignoring my alarm to a non stop chitter chatter of “are you still awake Mum?”

But what are some other ways to celebrate Winter Solstice?

  • You could attend one of the great events or festivals this Saturday. Try the  Belgrave Lantern Parade, Ceres Beautiful Darkness Winter Solstice Festival   or the Warragul Winterfest and Lantern Parade.
  • Make a hot lunch or supper. Soup is always a lovely idea at this time of year.Winter Solstice. celebrate with soup
  • Bake a delicious, luscious cake and share it with someone as a surprise.Winter Solstice. Make someone a cake
  • Light some candles this evening and do away with the electricity.Winter Solstice. Light candles.
  • Pull your favourite board game out from the back of the cupboard and go crazy.
  • Write a letter. The recipient will love it, guaranteed.
  • Make a cup my delicious and very decadent white hot chocolate for supper. Bonus points for drinking it around a fire. hot chocolate for Winter Solstice
  • Pull on your winter woolies and head out for a walk.
  • Fuel your warm weather fantasies by planning a weekend away.
  • Watch your shadow. You will have the longest shadow of the year at midday.
  • Bundle up with a rug, coat and beanie and watch the stars tonight.watch the stars for Winter Solstice
  • Create a little ski lodge ambiance. Turn on some moody lighting, light your indoor fireplace,  drape wooly blankets with abandon, brew some mulled wine and play some vintage tunes.cosiness for Winter Solstice
  • Read you favourite book in your most comfortable chair. Bring snacks.read a book for Winter Solstice
  • Enjoy a pot of tea.drink your favourite tea Winter Solstice
  • Make a fresh loaf of your very own bread.
  • Make an arrangement out of whatever you have growing in your garden. Winter provides us with some beautiful textures, scent and colours here in Melbourne. Lavender and rosemary would be a great place to start.winter flowers

Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your day.

Happy Solstice.

Dani xx

*This page contains an affiliate link. Thank you for supporting Eat My Street.

Looking for other great ways to enjoy Winter?

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival 

International Sushi Day.

International Sushi DayHere at Eat My Street we love sushi every day of the year! But we are still happy that since 2009, the world has celebrated “International Sushi Day” because even sushi needs a little extra love sometimes.

International Sushi Day is celebrated on June 18th.

To celebrate you should make your own sushi rolls. Even the kids can get involved.International Sushi Day

www.taste.com.au/recipes/sushi

How about a sushi sandwich with thanks to Adam Liaw, the funniest man on Twitter.

www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/adam-liaws-sushi-sandwiches

Or why not try the best sushi in Melbourne as chosen by the lovely folk at Broadsheet Melbourne.

  1. Minamashima. 4 Lord St. Richmond.
  2. Shira Nui. 247 Springvale Rd. Glen Waverly.
  3. Kenzan. 45 Collins St, Melbourne.
  4. Sake Restaurant and Bar. Flinders Lane and St Kilda Rd.
  5. Nobu. 8 Whiteman St, Melbourne.

www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/guides/best-sushi

Happy Sushi Day. Now nosh on  a hand roll.

Dani xx

Need an insulated food carrier to share sushi with a friend? Try this Cheeki Insulated food jar from Flora & Fauna.

While you are there….

Beautiful Vegan Food Wraps.

 

Milky white hot chocolate with my girl

I dropped my first born little baby off at a party recently with people that I have never met before.

Ok, well baby is a slight exaggeration, I guess most people might use the word child, or even tweenager. The smart young thang in question would prefer the phrase “basically a teenager” but those words ain’t crossing my lips for at least 1 year, 2 months and 16.2 days thank you very much. Even then I think I might go with “basically a child” in deference to the rule of laxidaisical age regulations that she herself has fostered.

Now I am not an up tight Mum or anything  but it did seem a little serious leaving my precious little girl to go hang out at a public space on her own.

Yes, my cute little girl who is all grown up is doing all the right things; making new friends, gaining some independence, pursuing her own interest and rollerskating.

I am absolutely pleased and happy.

But I want to say this. Time goes too fast! Having babies is such hard work and it is often the most terrifying and difficult thing to do, but it is also so rich and special and beautiful and fleeting.

So enjoy each moment.

I know this is often hard and sometimes impossible. When someone says “enjoy each moment” to me I basically just stare blankly at them, wondering what it is I am not meant to do or feel.

But nonetheless I think it is still true.

Perhaps I should say this instead-

Just enjoy each moment that you can.

Grab them as they swing by and linger.

Hold a fat, pudgy baby hand a little longer next time or bob down on your knees and stare a little person in the eye. Enjoy the feel of their little feet against your back in bed at night and join in with them on the playground instead of watching from afar.

Because one day you might have to enforce a “you must talk to me for at least 45 seconds” rule.

My very grown up first baby is actually pretty ace as a tweenager.  I would be much more sad about her growing up if it wasn’t for the fact that she is becoming a pretty awesome person. I just sometimes wish that I could find the pause button.

I recently read a book where the main character intermittently commented “and I was happy for a moment” or something to that effect. What an excellent way of enjoying life’s precious moments. Instead of seeking after fantastical non-stop happiness, isn’t it better to instead soak ourselves in the happy little moments as they arise?

This book gifted me another gem to, a recipe for White Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon. Stirring chocolate into a pot of hot milk seems like the perfect way to tempt a luxurious moment of happiness to me and it has the dual effect of luring my girl into my orbit. A tweenager cannot resist melting chocolate in my experience and the amount of time it takes to steep and stir is just about right for conversation.

White Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 500ml of milk
  • 100grms of white chocolate
  • cinnamon sticks
Instructions
  1. Gently warm the milk in a heavy based saucepan.
  2. Do not let it boil.
  3. Grate in your favourite white chocolate and stir until smooth, creamy and completed melted.
  4. Add a cinnamon stick to a mug and pour over the chocolate drink.
  5. Enjoy.

The cinnamon is quite strong which I like, so you might like to change that part of the recipe. You can just add one stick of cinnamon into the pot of milky chocolate toward the end  and you will get a gentler effect. But there s something decadent and gorgeous about using a whole cinnamon stick to stir  your drink and this version stays true to the recipe in my novel.

I hope you enjoy it.

Someone over on my Facebook page mentioned making a hot chocolate with chilli so I think that will be my next idea. I’m looking forward to experimenting with that one.

If you are looking to buy some very special chocolate to really take this to the next level you might like to try the beautiful products from Pana Chocolate, at Flora & Fauna, our newest affiliate. 

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Melbourne celebrates World Tapas Day

On the 15th of June Melbourne celebrates World Tapas Day!

Melbourne celebrates World Tapas DayIn 2016 Spain declared the third Thursday in June as World Tapas Day, and I say “Gracias.”

Melbourne has decided to officially take part in the celebrations this year with a host of restaurants creating exclusive menus for the occasion.

For a full list of officially participating restaurants and bars.

                        www.spain.info/en_AU/spain-on-your-plate

Or why not create the little dish of Spain in your own home with this Meatball Recipe? 

Melbourne celebrates World Tapas Day with Meatballs

Or whip up a feast with croquette, fritter or polpette.

www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/collections/tapas

Whatever you do, enjoy World Tapas Day!

Happy Eating.

Dani

Buy tickets to the Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

Are you looking for something great to do with your kids these holidays in Melbourne? Then why not visit the exciting “Big Freeze Winter Family Festival”  at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre.

www.thebigfreeze.com.au

Running from July 1st to July 9th your festival ticket will include access to the ticketed winter precinct featuring snow play, snowball toss, snowfall forest, winter village, snow globe photo booth, polar bear slide, kids’ active challenge, circus skills workshop, construction play, art’n’craft activities and our brand new snow slides (at two different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride.

You can buy tickets and find out more by going here. 

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This year Eat My Street has joined on as an affiliate partner which means we get a small commission on each ticket sold so please help spread the word to your family and friends.

The details

When: Saturday, July 1 –Sunday, July 9

Where: under the Big Top (and protected from the weather) at Fountain Gate Shopping (cnr Princes Hwy & Brechin Drive)

Time: Winter Festival sessions run three times each day. Community Precinct open from 9am –5:30pm daily

www.thebigfreezefestival.com.au

Ticket Prices.

Child SuperPass to Winter Festival (includes 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50) – $29.50

All Adults (13+yrs) at concession prices – $19 (includes access to snow pit)

Tiny Tots (12mths – 23mths) – $19 (includes access to snow pit)

Family (2A + 2C) – $92

Family (2A + 3C) – $120

Group Bookings – Pay for 10 children, get 4 adults for free

Late Play Discounts – save $5 per ticket for the afternoon session on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Happy Winter Holidays to you and your family!

Dani

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival is coming to Melbourne these school holidays. The Big Top at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre is going to be transformed into a gorgeous winter wonderland from July 1-9 with highlights including

  • snow play pits
  • ● brand new snow slides (two sizes)
  • ● snow ball toss
  • ● snow globe photo booth
  • ● snowfall forest
  • ● winter village
  • ● igloo craft
  • ● Aussie Farmers’ Direct Kids’ Challenge
  • ● Micador art’n’craft
  • ● construction zone
  • ● YMCA circus skills

You can buy tickets here.

Eat My Street is very excited to have been invited along as an affiliate partner so I’d love you to help me spread the word.

Event Launch

We were invited to help launch the event at the very cool Ice Bar in Fitzroy. where I kissed an ice-man, hung out with a polar bear and generally had heaps of fun with the family.The ice bar FitzroyThe Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

Snow machine anyone?

launch of The Big Freeze Winter Family Festival

So if you are looking for something great to do with the kids this Winter then why not visit the snowilicious Big Freeze Winter Family Festival. I’ll see you there!

The details

When: Saturday, July 1 –Sunday, July 9

Where: under the Big Top (and protected from the weather) at Fountain Gate Shopping (cnr Princes Hwy & Brechin Drive)

Time: Winter Festival sessions run three times each day. Community Precinct open from 9am –5:30pm daily

www.thebigfreezefestival.com.au

Ticket Prices.

Child SuperPass to Winter Festival (includes 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50) – $29.50

All Adults (13+yrs) at concession prices – $19 (includes access to snow pit)

Tiny Tots (12mths – 23mths) – $19 (includes access to snow pit)

Family (2A + 2C) – $92

Family (2A + 3C) – $120

Group Bookings – Pay for 10 children, get 4 adults for free

Late Play Discounts – save $5 per ticket for the afternoon session on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Dani xx

Second Home Eltham

After hearing that a lovely Alistair Knox building was now the setting for a rather excellent cafe in Eltham, I was very keen to visit. Add to this the fact that friends and fellow bloggers had told me that Second Home Eltham was serving rather good food combined with my Autumnal love affair with the very picturesque Eltham, I booked a visit.

Parking was a trifle confusing as this cafe is set in a rather industrial area down a narrow road. If you don’t manage to snaffle one of the parking spots on site, then a leisurely walk will be in order.

I visited on a very busy Saturday morning. The spacious, light filled cafe was bustling and full and we were soon showed to the “lounge area” to wait it out for a table to be available. Luckily for me there was a fire going in their very stylish fireplace (previously spotted at Cannibal Creek Winery and imported from France I believe). Despite the promise of coffee, our orders were not taken and eventually I leaned across to the happy looking cyclists seated opposite me and asked for help. “Order at the counter” is apparently necessary if you are seated en couche. “No food for you” until you make your way to a table.

Hunger pains and quite a lot of noise (the cafe is one very large open space) culminated in a moment where I considered just walking out and heading somewhere else, but I am glad I did not as the food at Second Home Eltham was very, very good.

Eventually we were seated and we ordered the Eggs Benedict and the Ploughmans Lunch- an old family favourite and a bit of a private joke at my house. If a ploughmans is on the menu, it must be tasted!

They were both very good. Housemade pickle with a delicately sweet acidity took the ploughmans to new, very good places.Second home Eltham

Everyone drooled over my Eggs Benedict though and with good reason. Slow cooked ham hock, apple cider hollandaise and a parmesan, thyme potato stack all topped with two perfectly cooked eggs. One of the best eggs benedict I have ever tried.

A mix up with our bill was graciously handled and the beauty of the cafe itself made our brunch very enjoyable.

Visit for excellent food in a beautiful location.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Second Home Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The details

21 Brougham St, Eltham VIC 3095
Hours:  8am–4pm 7 days

Phone: (03) 9439 5362

www.secondhomeeltham.com.au

 

Paloma Cantina Richmond

Paloma Cantina Richmond

Paloma Cantina Richmond

Paloma Cantina is a great Mexican style eatery in Bridge Rd, Richmond.

The colourful restaurant serves a selection of tacos ($7), fajitas ($19 – $23), nachos ($14 – $18), burritos ($17.50) and enchilada ($17.50) alongside a traditional drinks list including Sangria and a great variety of Margaritas.

Crunchy, cheesy tacos with guacamole and fresh salsa is a great way to start off a fun evening with friends.Paloma Cantina Richmond

Or why not try a chorizo, feta, rocket and black bean taco?

Paloma Cantina Richmond

Highlights of the menu include grilled corn cob with chipotle mayo, queso and lime and the pulled pork taco with pineapple and pico de gallo. Paloma Cantina RichmondPaloma Cantina Richmond

Ali works his magic behind the bar.Ali from Paloma Cantina

Table for two?

Visit for traditional Mexican food in a cosy, warm and eclectic atmosphere.

Thanks to Paloma Cantina for inviting us along to sample the menu.

Happy Eating.

Dani

The Details

464 Bridge Rd,

Richmond.

www.palomacantina.com.au

Paloma Cantina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe

Roasted Eggplant Dip RecipeEggplant dip recipeI have not traditionally eaten a lot of eggplant, but after deciding to incorporate a lot more vegetables into my daily diet I have been keenly searching for recipes that feature vegetables.

Research also tells us that we tend to stick to the same small list of foods in our diet across a week, month and year and that there are nutritional benefits to breaking out a little and trying different foods. The Spice Adventuress recently shared with me that her favourite vegetable is Okra and I had to shamefully admit that I had never cooked with okra!

I also tend to get a little bored eating the same things over and over. As I explained to a girlfriend who asked me recently “what is your favourite thing to cook?”

Basically anything new.

Although, just like most Mum’s, week night cooking tends to steer toward the reliable and rehearsed recipes because life with three different aged children is just like that. Spaghetti Bolognese and chicken with rice and vegetables is on high rotation at my house and I won’t pretend otherwise.

This all leads me on my endeavour to try to cook with vegetables that I have avoided. Eggplant falls right into this category.

This Roasted Eggplant dip is a great way to get some more eggplant into your diet. It can also be used as an accompaniment to a simple rice bowl with grilled chicken.

It is quite easy to make. The eggplant will collapse in on itself when it is roasted, which I find kind of gorgeous and appealing.

You will need to let it cool a little before working with it, or if you are impatient like me, you will have to use some nifty cutlery tricks.

roasted eggplant

Roasted Eggplant Dip
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggplants
  • 50ml of olive oil
  • Half a lemon
  • 150ml of plain greek yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • A pinch of ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to season.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius
  2. Pierce the skin of the eggplant with a knife and then place them on a baking tray.
  3. Place in the oven and cook for around 45 minutes or until very soft.
  4. Remove from the oven and cut in half. Scoop out the flesh and place in a bowl. This should be very easy to do once they are completely cooked through.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the garlic and cook very gently for 1 minute. Add the cumin and cook very gently for another 30 seconds. You want to just heat it through.
  6. Add eggplant, olive oil and garlic mixture and the juice of the lemon into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  7. Gradually add the yoghurt and then season with salt and pepper.
  8. Chill in the fridge before serving.

I sometimes add some cooked chickpeas into he mix if I have some sitting around. I then adjust with a little extra lemon and salt if needed.

You can dress this dip with an extra swirl of olive oil and some toasted pine nuts. Some roasted cumin and coriander seeds in oil would also not hurt, but I am a little obsessed with this at the moment so I may be biased.

Serve it as an entrée with bread or crackers or as an interesting accompaniment to chicken, lamb or fish.

If you are also looking to incorporate more vegetables into your life then you might like to read cookbooks by the love of my life 

my food hero Yotam Ottolenghi who writes for the Guardian and who this week featured a lovely recipes inspired by Melbourne’s own Kathy Staples from the Sweet Greek Shop. 

Either way, enjoy your Roasted Eggplant Dip recipe.

Roasted eggplant dip recipe

Happy Eating.

Dani xx

Good Cream Cake Recipe

Vintage Cream Cake Recipe 

Confession time. I have a slightly weird hobby.

No I don’t race ferrets and I’m not an “Extreme Ironing” competitor, although I do fancy myself achieving quite well in a “mooing competition.”

I collect old recipes.

Some of them are quite smelly in that very well used, very old book kind of way.

I hide them around my house, some in the office and some in the laundry and I dream about a day where I will get to cook some of the weird and wonderful recipes from within their musty pages.

Some of the recipes are in magazines that are actually quite beautiful, but some of them are definitely untidy and ugly.

But they all contain a fairly interesting sense of history and story when it comes to the food we eat and the way we cook it.

I love trawling through op shops to find these treasures and one of my more interesting recent finds was a completely useless book on food and architecture. It sounds so promising right? Well it was not.

When I first started out on my blogging journey I was keen to share some of the more vintage style recipes that have been given to me or left to me and this year I am getting back to basics by finally publishing a few more of my favourites.

Todays comes courtesy of a post-it notes sized piece of old, loose paper with a handwritten family recipe on it.

“Good Cream Cake .”

It comes with very few instructions, nor does it have an explanation as to why it is called a good cream cake. But it must have been precious to have been kept for so long.

A little bit of research though suggests that this is a good solid cake for covering with fresh cream and fruit.

It is definitely not a light and airy sponge, but a buttery cake with a lovely crumb. I am guessing that it was meant to look a little something like this.

Cinnamon apple cream cake recipe (1940)

 

I have included the original instructions, as well as my own notes from making it. I iced it and then added jam and cream like a sponge, but I think it could so with something more sturdy than that.

Cream Cake Recipe

1 small cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 tablespoons butter, vanilla essence

1/2 cup of milk

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon of soda

Bake in a brisk oven from 3/4 to 1 hour.

Notes

  • I discovered very quickly that one (1) teaspoon baking powder is equivalent to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, so I just used 2 teaspoons of baking powder in place of the tartar/ soda.
  • There were absolutely no instructions apart from the “bake briskly for 3/4 to 1 hour” which suggests it should be cooked somewhere between 200 degrees celsius and 230. I thought this sounded way to hot so I lowered it to the standard 180 cake baking temperature. Feel free to tell me I am wrong! Perhaps I would have got a slightly higher rise out of my cake if it was in hotter?
  • I also dropped the time to 40 minutes and then took the cake out. It was cooked beautifully on the inside and was starting to get a little dark on the top.
  • I ended up with a fairly dense cake that tasted delicious!
  • I whisked the eggs and added the dry ingredients together first. Then in with the milk, eggs and butter. Stir until smooth.
  • I made a really nice icing out of icing sugar, the juice of a couple of frozen berries and raspberry tea. The tea gave it a lovely pink flavour and also a lovely, mild, fragrant flavour.

This is what I ended up with.

Cream Cake Recipe

This was a very simple cake to make but it was also very tasty. I can imagine it would tolerate lemon or orange rind and a zesty cream cheese icing quite well. I feel like it is definitely asking for fruit of some sort on top.

So, do you know what a “cream cake” is? Can you provide me any more information on what I should do with this time honoured, simple and effective recipe?

Do you have a favourite vintage (old) recipe that has been passed down from one generation to the next?

Happy eating.

Dani xx