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Learn the lingo

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Ever had a conversation with an Aussie? You've probably heard a few words you didn't recognize. Catch up on all things Aussie slang with this list from your mates at Aussie Beef & Lamb.

 brolly fizzy drink

  • 6 beer roast: any type of roast that takes longer than 1 hour to cook
  • Arvo: afternoon
  • Barbie: grill or barbecue grill
  • Bench or benchtop: counter or countertop, especially in the kitchen
  • Bin: garbage can
  • Biscuit: scone
  • Brekkie: breakfast
  • Brolly: umbrella
  • Coriander: cilantro
  • Capsicum: bell pepper, any color
  • Cheeky: saucy; bold; smart-alecky
  • Chips: fries
  • Esky: ice cooler
  • Fizzy drink: soda
  • Good on ya: great job or well done; or you’re an idiot
  • “How ya goin?”: How are you?
  • Jam: jelly
  • Jelly: jello
  • Jumper: sweater
  • Kiwi: someone from new zealand
  • Loo: toilet; restroom
  • Mate: friend; or can also be used when you can’t remember someone’s name; or if you are pulling someone up (calling them out) on something, eg: “what do you think you’re up to, mate?” (not friendly)
  • Marties: tomatoes
  • Mushies (or shrooms): mushrooms
  • Pie: meat enclosed in pastry (not pizza)
  • Prawns: shrimp
  • Preso: presentation
  • Rubbish: garbage. Also used to describe when something is ridiculous
  • Sanger: sandwich
  • Shrimp: short person
  • Snag: sausage
  • Snag bag: sausage roll
  • Stubbie: bottle of beer
  • Stubbie holder: beer cozy/holder
  • Tomato sauce (or Marty sauce): ketchup
  • “The lot”: Aussies say this when they mean “everything”. A burger with “the lot” means everything, for example. In this case, that typically means the beef patty with beetroot, egg, pineapple, cheese, bacon, onion, tomato{and/or tomato sauce}.
  • Thongs: flip flops (note the use of the plural)


Beyond the pumpkin latte: Getting to know your fall spices

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It’s just barely been Labor Day, but all things pumpkin “flavor” have already started to hit the supermarket shelves, restaurant menus, and at the ready of your local barista. Based on a heady mixture of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg that’s traditional for pumpkin pie, there’s definitely something about the flavor that just says “fall” as surely as autumn leaves and NFL football. But fall spices can be so much more than just a pump of syrup in your morning latte! They are authentic ingredients in cuisines from the Middle East, Asia, and even Latin America. Here are a few of our favorites, which just happen to go smashingly with Aussie Lamb:

 Fall Spices

Ginger – fresh in a stir-fry, ginger’s natural pepperiness and heat are a great pairing with lamb. Or use it in a thai-style marinade on skewered lamb for a grilled meal.

Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cardamom – these aromatic superstars are part of the Indian spice blend garam masala. Making your own masala blend by combining these four spices along with a pinch of mace is easy and fun, and makes for a fantastic tagine, like this one.

Allspice – seldom used outside of pumpkin pie, allspice is another wonderfully aromatic spice that adds amazing depth to slow-cooked lamb dishes, including this Latin-inspired dish with chipotle chilies and slow-cooked Aussie lamb shanks from Chef Aaron Brooks of the Four Seasons Miami. Paired with a quinoa salad, you’ll “fall” in love with this one just like Aaron’s guests at the Four Seasons.

Back in session

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G’day Aussie Home Plate readers! It’s officially back-to-school time, and with the fall season on its way around the country, our thoughts turn to that stodgy old friend in the back of the cupboard, the crock-pot. Throw a few things together in the morning, hit the switch, and come home to a meal that tastes like you’ve been slaving away all afternoon.



One of our favorite slow-cooker dishes is from our mate in Los Angeles, Chef Anthony Jacquet of the Whisper Lounge. Turns out even chefs like crock-pot cooking! His take on the Cuban classic “Ropa de Vieja” with Aussie lamb is simple to make, flavorful and colorful. For the Spanish speakers out there, the name does indeed mean “old clothes.” Legend has it, the originator of the dish couldn’t afford food for his family, but the prayer he said while cooking his shredded clothes was answered, miraculously rewarding him with tasty meat. We find Aussie lamb leg a far superior replacement for old clothes, and it requires no miracles. 

Check out the video demonstration here. >>>