There’s a Barbie–Where’s the Shrimp?

18 May

On our second night in Bateman’s Bay, we decided to make use of the big grill and picnic tables by our cabin and got all the fixings for a big communal dinner. For me, these kinds of dinners make the best memories. From the grocery shopping to doing the dishes, the entire process is completely enjoyable because you’re a group of five separate people and here you are building something together. Sure, it’s just a meal that you’ll end up consuming, which means after a day (including leftovers for the breakfast burritos), the tangible elements have disappeared. However, the sense of community you’ve built in those few hours remains–along with the knowledge that Susy knows her way around the BBQ and Panti makes a mean breakfast burrito.

Communal dinner starts with a trip to the grocery store, which is a highlight for me on any trip. When I travel, I like to see how other people live, which means knowing what they eat. In a different country, it’s fun to see how American brands are marketed (smaller bags of Doritos, for instance), and it’s interesting to see regional food differences. In Australia, the grocery stores are a gateway to Tim Tams, unusual flavors of potato chips (camembert and quince, anyone?), ginger beer, and Australian yogurt.

This dinner meant the opportunity to sample some kangaroo meat, which is probably easier to find in the grocery store than it is to find on a restaurant menu. The meat tastes a little gamey and can dry out quickly if you cook it too long, so marinade and quick cooking helped. We also had sausages, potatoes, corn on the cob and salad. Panti, who mainly eats vegetarian but does have fish now and then, decided he wanted to make shrimp shish kabobs, which Susy obligingly tossed onto the grill, much to our stupid American delight. We ate like royalty but still had leftovers for the next day’s kangaroo breakfast burritos.

Our little feast helped take the rest of the edge off of what had been a lousy morning, and I hope the memories will eventually completely overshadow that time so that I only remember the goodness of this trip.

5 Responses to “There’s a Barbie–Where’s the Shrimp?”

  1. Dneika May 18, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    Tried Emu? Emu meat balls are actually really nice. I’m an Aussie and I’d rather eat a nice big steak than have Kangaroo, it’s just not my thing. But Kangaroo jerk is pretty nice with chilli.


    • Jill May 18, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

      No, I have not! On the list for the next trip!

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      • Dneika May 18, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

        I use them for my spaghetti meat balls. So good.


    • DavID October 16, 2016 at 12:25 am #

      I hope you don’t mind if I segue-in and emuve almost completely from food to mention the scarcely believable Great Emu Wars of 1932. No doubt it was terrible for both farmers and emus but even then distance added amusement and now for many all the more so.

      I think most Australians are now in awe of most of our military veterans but we’ve got to acknowledge that many WA emus were about as tough as our best. And the velocirap- I mean the Cassowary are probably even scarier!


  2. DavID October 16, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    The aussie crustacean as food stereotype that actually isn’t common in the most Southern parts of Australia, (.ost our media is based in Sydney and it shows), is actually prawns. But someone involved in the very sucessful ads starring Paul Hogan decided that Americans don’t know what a prawn is so they rewrote the cliche’.

    If the shrimp you had were not prawns, you’ll just have to keep coming back until you do it properly!!

    (Or we will, we’ll … OK you got me there! ;~)


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