The team at Hutley’s Butchers, (from left) Jacob Knobs, Graham Hutley and Neil Hutley, get ready for Australia Day.
The team at Hutley’s Butchers, (from left) Jacob Knobs, Graham Hutley and Neil Hutley, get ready for Australia Day.

Roasts win out over sausages

BARBECUES across the Northern Rivers will probably remain covered today as Australians take their celebrations indoors seeking shelter from torrential rain and rising floodwater.

Graham Hutley of Hutley Butchers in South Lismore said his staff had received an unusually high number of requests for legs of lamb this Australia Day - which suggested customers were planning to roast instead.

"It seems to be sausages and legs of lamb on the menu this year," he said.

"It probably won't happen looking at the weather, but usually on Australia Day people have a barbecue and we sell a lot of sausages and steak - but this year maybe they're all planning to be inside."

Australians across the country have been encouraged to eat Australian but it seems we're not entirely sure what that means.

A new Newspoll survey commissioned by the macadamia industry shows while most of us are familiar with two of the most "Aussie" foods on the list, Anzac biscuits and kangaroo meat, only half of respondents realised macadamias are Australian.

What was worse, nearly half of those surveyed thought mangoes originated in Australia while 40% thought the same of prawns and lamb.

Australian Macadamia Society chief executive Jolyon Burnett said a further 35% thought potato salad was Australian, another 28% thought the same of the simple green salad and a quarter thought so of sausages.

He added that two thirds thought the pavlova was a native dish too.

"New Zealanders invented the pav, ancient Romans and Greeks were known to enjoy salads, prawns and sausages, mangoes are native to southern Asia where they have been cultivated since ancient times and lamb was eaten in Central Asia as early as 10,000 years ago," he said.

"Even potatoes didn't originate in our own backyard, having been uncovered by the Incas in Peru centuries ago."

The poll also found that men are more likely to be devouring meats while women are more likely to be indulging in sweet treats.



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