There was no Donna Hay or Gourmet Traveller styling at this Australia Day celebration. Just the ridgy-didge essentials for a backyard barbie around the Hills Hoist - tongs, paper plates, ETA vegetable oil, and single ply napkins. I dug out my home made dress for its once a year appearance; at this rate, as long as they keep the same flag, and I don't start eating vanilla slice, it should last me for the rest of my life.
After the char-grilled animal protein first course (or salad for the vegans among us), it was time for the annual Australia Day bake off . There was hot competition between the pavlova and lemon cheesecake, with my votes going to the home-made Violet Crumble. After a suspenseful count to rival the Brownlow, the pav' took out the highly coveted "snot block award." Oi Oi Oi!