Eating around the world – aussie meat pies, jammy lamingtons and anzac biscuits

We’re quite lucky that both boys are pretty good eaters.  But it would be even better if they were willing to try new things. We have a rule in this house that we should try everything just once, just one little bite.  The Cyclist and I used to be vegetarians and still love a vegetarian diet, but getting the boys to eat things like mushrooms, aubergines, courgettes and peppers can be difficult.  I decided that perhaps if I explained to the boys that we all need to try new things sometimes, maybe they’d be more willing and maybe if I turned it into a bit of a game it, trying things could be fun.  The game is to pick a country from the atlas and look at that country’s cuisine.  That way it could be new tastes for all of us. I’m going to try and do this once per week, if possible.  It’s fun for me too, trying new recipes and cooking techniques.  We also look a bit about the country, this week it was just a map and the country flag, but maybe in future it could be involve crafts too. So the first choice for Eating Around the World was – Australia.
fancy meat pie
The first thing that entered my mind (thinking of our Australian friends) was meat pies.  Eating meat pies and watching sport.  This I first experienced at an Aussie rules football match at Vauxhall many years ago.  I have no idea what happened, just that there was lots of meat pies and cans of VB.
meat pie dinner
With a bit of research here is our version of an Aussie meat pie. It probably shouldn’t be served with veg, but hey. We followed the pie with jammy lamingtons.
I made these a while back, Australia Day maybe, they were very good, it’s a recipe from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet.  As none of us are very keen on dessicated coconut, I covered them in Horlicks (bit experimental and very, very gooey), and the rest in sprinkles, hundreds and thousands etc.
As a little extra we made Anzac biscuits using a recipe from BBCgoodfood which also has an interesting link to the history of the ANZAC’S.  The Fireman liked this as it’s about soldiers.  Whilst it wasn’t that challenging a meal,  the boys liked ALL of it, so it’s a result. For next week, they’ve chosen China, large country but we’ll find something 🙂

Aussie Meat Pie Recipe


  • 300g plain flour
  • 60g butter
  • 150ml cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • Block of puff pastry

Combine all pastry ingredients (except puff pastry) in a food processor, then knead gently and chill for 20mins.


  • 500g minced beef
  • 3 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • Handful of peas (optional)
  • Few sprigs of thyme
  • salt and pepper

Heat oven to 180c. Fry the onion in a little oil until it starts to soften.  Add the beef mince and bacon and cook until no raw mince can be seen. sprinkle over flour and stir until mince all coated.  Add stock, thyme and tomato puree and peas if using, cook for about 10mins or until sauce has thickened.

Roll out the shortcrust pastry and line a pie dish, add filling.  Roll out puff pastry to create pie lid.  Brush with beaten egg and cook at 180c for about 30mins.