The menu was Aussie sliders, Thai chili chicken skewers, meat pies, sausage rolls, potato salad, tim tams, mixed lollies, pavlova, vanilla and passionfruit slice, lamingtons and chocolate crackles.
The sliders/burgers had some aussie fixings such as pickled beets (beetroot) and pineapple. A fried egg is a must have on burgers but we weren't sure the best way to make that happen except frying eggs to order and then they would be too big for sliders so we left them off :) It worked out and everyone seemed happy and brave enough to try beets and pineapple on their burgers. Did I mention how I love my friends?
I purchased some hors d'oeuvres sized plates and bowls at Party City for a couple of the desserts. The pavlova fit perfectly in the bowl with some custard/cream, fresh berries, kiwi fruit and passionfruit pulp and was the perfect size serving for the most delicious dessert on the face of the planet. Yep I said it. It really is, you should try it! Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of the pavlova dishes :( guests had arrived when I was making it and then they didn't last long :) You'll have to trust me that they looked good and tasted even better.
Again keeping the food bite size, instead of making full size crackles I made mini ones, using a mini cupcake pan and liners. This worked out really well and they can be rich, I might continue to make this size in the future.
I also made lamingtons from scratch. These are made with sponge cake, which isn't readily available here but isn't too complicated to make from scratch and I love sponge cake. I baked it in a 8" square pan and cut it into (2ish) bite size pieces before dipping them in chocolate icing and rolling them in dessicated coconut. They didn't last either so I think they tasted ok :)
We also provided Aussie drinks. We were able to get Bundaberg brand soft drinks including Lemon, lime and bitters and aussie root beer from World Market and lots of Aussie wine. My wonderful friends also brought me bottles of Australian wine as hostess gifts (we might have cracked into at least one of those as well), they know me so well.
A great time was had by all!
Happy Australia Day!