Celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics Aussie Style

Here’s something you may not know about me: I traveled and worked in Australia for one year over a decade ago.  Not only was this one of the most amazing years of my life, but it was also unintentionally planned during the year the 2000 Summer Games were taking place in Sydney.

Attending the Sydney Olympics is definitely a Bucket List item in my life. At the time it wasn’t on my Bucket List. In fact I didn’t even have a Bucket List but now I’m 12 years older and life has different meaning than it once did. I realize now how short life is and how quickly the time goes by. You have to search for opportunities and grab them once they come up. Knowing this, I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to cross cheering my country on in an international setting like the Olympics off my list!

LIFE MADE DELICIOUS

Life Made Delicious

I’m happy to announce that I’m a Life Made Delicious Connector (#LMDConnector) through Mom Central Canada. As a LMD Connector, I have the privilege of learning valuable information that I can share with City Mom readers. From time and cost saving recipes, to special General Mills Canada offers and perks, lifemadedelicious.ca is definitely a site you want to visit often.

Every other month, for the next 12 months, I’ll be sharing some of this great information with you. This month the inspiration for us LMD Connectors was celebrating London 2012.

As a huge Olympics enthusiast I had tons of ideas! I can’t wait to cheer on Christine Sinclair, Melissa Tancredi and the other amazing women of the Canadian women’s soccer team. So I considered making a batch of the patriotic Oh Canada Chex Mix or a big gooey soccer cake. But what came to mind strongest was my experience in Sydney all that time ago and I thought there was no better way to celebrate the 2012 games than with some fun Aussie-inspired grub.

BANGERS & MASH

Bangers & Mash

When you think Aussie food, do you think Bangers & Mash? Or do you even know what Bangers & Mash is? For those who aren’t familiar with this fun-sounding dish, it is nothing more than sausage and mashed potatoes; pretty delicious, yet pretty simple.

With this in mind I set out on lifemadedelicious.ca to find some fun inspiration on creating an easy and inexpensive version of this Australian classic.

Here is what I came up with:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes and an altered version of the Grilled Sausage Packet recipe with a side of buttery corn! Yum!

Classic, hearty and truly Australian-inspired. I loved these versatile  recipes and their cost effectiveness. Not to mention every mom’s favourite: the ease of creating the meal.

Next, it was on to dessert…

ANZAC BISCUITS

Anzac Biscuits

I found this delicious and super-easy recipe for Anzac Biscuits from alldownunder.com. Here’s a quick history on Anzac Biscuits as they are an old Australian tradition.

During WWI, wives, mothers, girlfriends and daughters would make these cookies to send to their loved ones overseas while fighting in the war. You’ll notice that this recipe does not call for eggs which are typical in most cookies recipes. Since eggs weren’t readily available back then, golden syrup was used in its place to keep the cookies bound together. There was also no refrigeration on the long trip over to the brave men fighting, so the ingredients had to be that of sustainability over a long period of time.

Try these biscuits out…they are so delicious!

So how do you and your family plan to celebrate the 2012 Olympics? Do you have any fun traditions or recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear all about them. What’s your favourite Olympic sport?

GO CANADA GO!

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