This evening sees us head back to Australia and to Queensland; which is the second largest and third most inhabited state in Australia. Queensland can be found in the North East and The Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean are its maritime border on the East and to the South is New South Wales, South West South Australia and West The Northern Territory.
There is a populace of almost 5 million, the capital and largest city of the state is Brisbane, which incidentally is Australia’s third largest city. Queensland is referred to as “The Sunshine State” and home to 10 of the 30 largest cities in Australia.
Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait were the first to reside in Queensland and Willem Janszoon a Dutch navigator was the first European to arrive in 1606. In 1770 the explorer James Cook demanded Australia’s East coast for the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1788 New South Wales was founded at that time included all of what is now Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania
Queensland was explored in subsequent decades until the establishment of a penal colony at Brisbane in 1824 by John Oxley. Penal transportation ceased in 1839 and free settlement was allowed from 1842.
In 1859 Queen Victoria signed to separate the colony from New South Wales. The state was named in her honour. and 6th June when she signed the papers is celebrated at Queensland Day. Statehood was achieved on 1st January 1901.
The cuisine of Queensland really depends to a greater degree on the ocean and the subtropical climate so obviously seafood is a speciality in Queensland, with delicacies mud crabs, king and tiger prawns, fresh barramundi, mackerel, sea scallops and Moreton Bay bugs – mmm not sure about those. Fruits are in abundance and Macadamia nuts being native and can be found in many dishes including salads and desserts. The regional drink is Castlemaine XXXX with a few wineries scattered around. Bars and trendy cafes can be found with the odd European and Asian influenced restaurants including ones which specialise in modern Australian food, which can be a beautiful mixture of different foods.
Leaving No 1 son in charge today – he came up with tonight’s dinner and although the dinner is Australian, not sure it originates from Queensland, but he tried… Australian meat pie –
This is The Australian Traditional Meat pie! Usually eaten for lunch for just watching the Aussie rules footy. You can make 1 big meat pie or more little ones from this recipe