The meat pie is still the favourite food of Australia. In South Australia, the meat pie was transformed by a local fast-food van business into a national food icon. It is called the "The Pie Floater;" a pie floating on a bed of pea soup with a good dash of tomato sauce on tip of the pie.
I can tell you it was actually really good, and as I ate it late that night on the abandoned CBD street of Adelaide I could see where it came from. The night is cold and dry; it's a breath of cold desert just over a ridge to nowhere. The peas made me feel at home.
I prefer the old chicken and vegetable pie. I do enjoy mushroom pie. In Earlier days there was a product; it was a chicken and vegetable pie with whole meal pastry and a sauce that was just fantastic. When you baked it, it would smell wonderful. A similar but profoundly more popular product was the "Chico Roll".
This was as beautiful an exhibition of innovation as it gets for food; actually delivering what a customer wants. It's a grand example of value for money and that quality is the true condition for amicable exchange. The Chico Roll started in 1951 at the Wagga Wagga Show in NSW Australia. The Chico Roll embodied in a food and presentation what would be considered the symbol and testament to Australia. It fulfilled the criteria perfectly; let me tell you I've had enough of them to say they're better than any fast-food.
The spring roll feature, smooth, thick and crunchy pastry, fresh vegetables and meat with a sauce that is only comparable to a fine restaurant's expectations. "Hold the sauce please!"
Now, in our recent history there is great change in the theme of food in Australia. People like Jamie Oliver and Geoff Jansz and the list goes on. International influence has led to an even greater change in the market price of things like octopus and egg plant, avocado and fish. People who migrate to Australia naturally yearn their nationalities favourites.
Lentils, also called legumes are one of the most nutritional and diverse tasting of whole food types, not to mention that most important is percentage of protein per weight. Lima Beans are medium, flat, pinched potato like beans; they cook very quickly compared to most beans and create a rich potato like sauce with a soft white pillow look.
The Aussie pie has stood for it's time because we are a nation of numerous traditions and backgrounds. Something as simple as a pie is really a decoy and hint from our true diverseness in Australian food.