So while the rest of the world uses colorful and heartwarming sprinkles to decorate cupcakes and cookies, the Australians do it a little differently. When a child who lives in Australia celebrates his or her birthday, they don’t get a big slice of celebratory cake.
Instead, they get a slice of plain white bread, coated with butter, or even worse — margarine, and colorful freckles sprinkled on top. Traditionally it is cut into triangles. This weird custom even has a name and it is called, Fairy Bread. We can understand the bread part of this birthday delight, however, we don’t see what is so fairy about it.
Every year during the month of August everything in Australia comes to a still. The traditional Henly on Todd Regatta (also known as Todd River Race) is held. This event is basically a boat race, however, it is held not on blue waters, but on golden sand.
It first began as playing a joke on the former British colonizers and over the years became a practice that is never missed. Many locals and tourists attend the event which includes food and drinks, the area is adorned with "No fishing" signs (if they are going to have a laugh, might as well take it all way), and the whole event lasts for the entire day.
Grey-headed Flying Fox
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a dude in a costume...no it's a megabat, as terrifying as it sounds. It is named the "Pteropus," however, the local Australians name it the flying fox. This bat has a fox-like face, and a reddish fox-like fur with a small addition of... wings. And yes, it uses those wings for air travel.
The Pteropus is known to be the biggest bat in the world and different species of it can also be found in many countries around southeast Asia, though the grey-headed kind is native to the land down under. Now it doesn't end her. Apparently, there are around 60 extended species of this creature so beware...
Each country in the world has its own favorite hamburger topping. Some go for the standard bacon and cheese, many enjoy hot jalapeno peppers on their meat patty and some go to the extreme with blue cheese dressing or a slice of sweet pineapple. In Australia, this was not enough and they had to come up with their own local topping.
Thick purple slices of beetroot adorn Aussie burgers and apparently, they are becoming more and more popular. We find it difficult to get our heads around this but we heard that Jamie Oliver himself has a version of this delight so maybe it is not that bad.
You have the national flower, you have the national anthem and you have the national cake. And Australia's national cake has to be the lamington. It's a simple sponge cake coated in chocolate sauce and coconut flakes. To us, it seemed like a regular cake, however, to them, it's considered a culinary delight.
The cake does have a different texture than the ordinary cake, and we are not sure what exactly the Australians add or do to it. The cake has been through its share of evolution and today can be with cream and strawberry flavors. It's Australian, but it's still just a cake. What is the fuss about?