It's Almost Australia Day!

My perfect Australia Day? Involves a smashing breakfast, a drive in the countryside, and a BBQ on the deck. Preferably with a cold beer in my hand.

Oh, I love this place.

Coconut waffles with bananas and mango jam for breakfast
(you don't have to share. the blue-tongues understand)

Need a snack? Chocolate avocado smoothies out of a thermos.

Then home, to fire up the Barbie ...

Choose grillables like broccoli, corn, sustainable seafood, or pizza made from naans or flatbreads

Drink fresh lemonade
(spiked or not)

Mix it up with some fresh slaw or a crispy salad.
By the pool, if you have one. (Because it's summer, after all)

Do not forget the lemon potatoes ...
Or the ginger cookies.

And what's Australia Day without pavlova? Or, as I favour, meringues slathered with fresh, whipped cream and passionfruit pulp.

I ♥ Australia.
Amanda xx


  1. I love your photographs...every one of them. Enjoy your Australia Day celebrations. Hope to visit your beautiful country one day.

  2. Thanks Paula! I think *everybody* needs to visit Australia one time or another :)

  3. So lovely... does this mean you are celebrating Aussie-Day at home?

  4. Yes! we'll be home next Monday morning! (robbie arrived back today) you have beers on-tap? xx

  5. Amanda I discovered your blog after I saw a tweet this morning. It looks very inviting and I look forward to reading more.

  6. @BarbaraBarbara, thanks for visiting! You're an inspiration, and I hope you can keep sharing your beautiful posts on your own website :)

  7. i love your blog. honestly, i love this blog. and i read very few blogs daily. and my husband begs me to blog for my business (metalsmith... computers vs. hammers... no brainer there), but you blog about how to make each day simple and exquisite and real and practical. and it is all so lovely.
    thank you, i so enjoy
    from my snowy redding, connecticut studio, anvil warm by fire,

  8. Heather, thank you. And what lovely lovely words! I can see why your husband wants you to blog. snowy studio? anvil warm by fire? tell us more!! :)

  9. That's a scary thought, that it is almost Australia Day. Firstly because it means January is almost over and Secondly because daughter no. 2 has invited 20 girls over on Australia Day for a little gathering!!! What is that meant to mean? Am I to be frightened?

    BTW Love all your photos. They really capture the essence of Australia.

  10. Ha! Jess, you make me laugh. 20 girls? You and your Nikon can handle that ... ;)

  11. This looks amazing... but I'd add in the nectarine bruschetta too... can't get enough of it! SUCH a great idea!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)

  12. Amanda @ Easy Peasy OrganicJanuary 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Thanks Catherine! Great idea on your part :) Mmm... bruschetta ...

  13. Great work and fab ideas......we are currently on day 2 of 5 x 40 degree days so its gonna be a hot one with lots of cool, fresh drinks & dishes :-) Happy Oz Day!

  14. Gorgeous photos!!!! I love the look of that coconut waffle topped with bananas. Yum!

  15. hey, cool blog in general. just here i gotta say that australia day = invasion day, nothing to celebrate

  16. @Anonymous Um, ok. Not opening *that* can of worms ...


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