Aussie country damper

Damper is bread that was often made by stockmen and swagmen when they were away from the conveniences of a kitchen.

It doesn’t need a lot of ingredients so they could be packed into the swag and taken with them without adding much weight to their load. It could be easily cooked in the camp oven over the campfire at night and was warm and filling.

These days you don’t see damper around unless it’s at a market or fair. We think it’s so easy to make that you could do it at home so here’s a recipe to start you off. Although real damper was made with flour, salt and water, this one is a little more ‘gourmet’.

DAMPER

3 cups of self-raising flour
pinch of salt
80gms butter
3/4 cup water

Sift flour and salt into a bowl and then rub in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Make a well in the centre, add the water, mix lightly with a knife until dough leaves sides of bowl.

Gently knead on a lightly floured surface and then shape into a disc of about 18cm diameter. Place it onto a greased oven tray.

With sharp knife, cut slits across dough top to make 8 wedge shapes. Dust the top with a little extra flour and bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let the damper sit for a few minutes before eating.

Go and have some fun with the recipe.  Add herbs, dried fruits or just dunk it in your billy tea.

 

Kangaroo Christmas

Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
Racing Santa Claus through the blazing sun.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers,
On his Australian run.

I’ve had that song stuck in my head since the Christmas Carols on the weekend and that’s probably because it suits our place so well.  We have kangaroos wandering the property but in our case, they aren’t white; they are just boomers.  This is one of ours.

What I love about that song is that it’s all Australian.  We are far removed from the snow-filled Christmas cards and roast dinners of Northern Hemisphere Christmases.  It’s great to hear about Christmases that we can really relate to.

Have a look at these cards.  I love them.

This one is from Souvenirs Australia.    And this one is from Mark Zabel Art.

  

 

They are excellent because they are real.  No snow.  No snowflakes.  No reindeer.  They show the kind of Santa that we might really see if we stayed up late enough on Christmas Eve.

Our Aussie Christmas is special and I love the way we are proudly showing it off to the world, aren’t you?