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    Fare go this Australia Day

    Send us a pic of your favourite meat-free Australia Day dish and win a fabulous fruit and veg basket*

    The Australia Day weekend is upon us and many of us will be thinking how we can celebrate with good quality tucker and the perfect Aussie dish.

    We were wondering how meat-free dishes will feature in Australia Day celebrations: what is your favourite Aussie meat-free dish? Is it made with a bit of an Aussie larrikin quirkiness? A Vegemite risotto, for example? Is it a dish that uses an Australian icon for inspiration? Pavlova with an Uluru shaped meringue peak perhaps?

    How often do you hear Aussies complain how the food overseas doesn’t seem to cut the mustard? That we may find iconic dishes from different countries and some outstanding meals but that there doesn’t seem to be the quality range and diversity that we somehow manage to serve Down Under?

    Is it because food is our primary way to explore our multi-ethnic and multicultural nationality? It’s a universal way to be creative and different but there seems to be a particularly Aussie passion for food and how it defines us.

    The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food section recently asked some leading international foodies what constituted Australian food. Los Angeles Times reviewer Jonathan Gold, who is regarded as one of the world’s top restaurant critics, summed up Australian food with a single word: more. ”As in more flavours, maximally heightened,”.

    ”Australia is just such a young country in an age of travel and sharing information,” said New Yorker (and part-time Sydney chef) David Chang, of Momofuku. ”And what’s great is that it acts like a sponge. There are pockets of amazing food here. Ethnic food is really good. And if any country can get away from asking, ‘What’s our tradition?’ and say, ‘Let’s just eat good food,’ it’s definitely Australia.”

    To celebrate the beautiful spectrum of foods we have here in Australia, Meat Free Mondays wants you to post a photo of your favourite meat free Australia day dish on our Facebook page. The winner – that is, the most festive creation – will receive a fabulous fruit and veg basket delivered straight to their door* and be shrouded with meat free Monday glory. So get in the kitchen, snap away, and please, have a great Australia Day.

    Entries close Friday 1st February, with the winner announced Monday 4th February.

    * Winners will be selected from Sydney or Melbourne.

    Meat Free Mondays