Australia Day Blog Hop 2014

Australia Day! The holiday that can mean anything you want ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m thoroughly enjoying the OzRomance Blog Hop and everyone’s different experiences of Australia Day. For me, it’s simply a day off. I don’t watch the fireworks (too noisy and the dog needs his paw held through the stress of it anyway) and I don’t think I’ve ever dressed in a flag — though more power to you if you can pull off that look! So the question was, what should I write about?

An Australia Day romance
An Australia Day romance

FOOD!

The answer is always food.

Australians come from so many different countries and we bring with us our food heritages, most importantly, our comfort recipes. So I thought I’d share with you one of my simple to make, but not so good if you’re dieting, recipes.

According to the internet, Blini are buckwheat pancakes. Not in my family. My mum learned from her mum how to make potato pancakes and we call them blini. All measurements are very rough in this recipe.

Peel about five potatoes. Chop them roughly. Put one in a blender along with an egg and blend smooth. Add the rest. (I’ve burned out blender motors doing this — so be warned — but it still beats hand grating the potatoes). Pour the liquid potato into a bowl, add a generous pinch of salt, a couple of heaped spoonfuls of plain flour (you want a solid pancake batter) and stir. Fry spoonfuls over a medium heat until cooked through. I use olive oil for frying. Serve with a VERY generous sprinkling of raw sugar.

I told you the recipe was a danger to diets!

If you’re looking for an Australia Day romance to read while eating your blini, my short story Mistaken Engagement has gotten some wow! reviews.

Happy Australia Day and good luck in the contest below.

 

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January 1 Monique McDonnell
January 2 Sara Hantz
January 3 Annie Seaton
January 4 Imogene Nix
January 5 Caitlyn Nicholasย 
January 6 Tima Maria Lacoba
January 7 Nicole Flockton
January 8 Wendy L. Curtis
ย January 9 ย E. E. Carter
January 10 Susan Horsnell
January 11 Susanne Bellamy
January 12 J’aimee Brooker
January 13 Victoria Purman
January 14 Ann B Harrison
January 15 Cate Ellinkย andย Demelza Carlton
January 16 Jenny Schwartz
January 17 Donna Gallagher
January 18 Lily Malone
January 19 Tea Cooper
January 20 Fiona McArthur
January 21 Max Henry
January 22 Jennie Jones
January 23 Alison Stuart
January 24 Eve Rabi
January 25 Kendall Talbot
January 26 Annie Seaton-Prize draw

Author: Jenny

Jenny Schwartz is an Australian author, and a hopeful romantic

11 thoughts on “Australia Day Blog Hop 2014”

  1. My hips agree Jenny – the answer to everything is food! Love the idea of potato pancakes – Aussie version of hash browns.

  2. Hi Jenny

    Love that recipe need to try it ๐Ÿ™‚ I too love Australia day although a lot of the times I have had to work but not this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have Fun
    Helen

  3. Oops, that didn't work! I'll try again.

    Thanks for the recipe, Jenny. It sounds yumm so I might have to try it!

    Cate xo

  4. I never thought to eat these with sugar. I make what's called a latke which sounds very much like blini. Only the latkes are more savory than sweet. I make mine with garlic and minced onion.

    1. Sounds much the same! All the recipes from my nana seem to come with sugar — even those that other people traditionally eat savoury.

      (I'm ignoring the garlic comment — I hate the stuff!)

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