Tuesday, June 02, 2009
A Trip Down Under
When I got my first contract with Cerridwen Press, I was assigned an editor who, to my surprise, lived in Australia. Then again, everything is done electronically these days, so why should it matter where she lived. I had the pleasure of visiting Australia in 1993 (yikes, that's a long time ago) and it's a fantastic country. I'm delighted to have editor Helen Woodall as my guest today. Sit back and enjoy your tour.
Desert - Australia has a lot of desert in the center of the land.
Beaches – Australia is the largest island in the world so there are lots of beaches with gleaming clean white sand.
And tropical rainforests in the far north.
And food. Here are five foods that are native to this sunburned country.
Vegemite. A thick yeast spread that has helped make little Australians healthy since 1922. Made from brewer’s yeast it is black, salty, malty and full of B group vitamins. Delicious on toast for breakfast.
Meat Pie. No Australian Rules Football game can be watched without a meat pie and tomato sauce (ketchup) in hand. Invented in Bendigo, country Victoria, in 1947. The average Aussie eats 12 meat pies per year.
Pavlova. Named in honor of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova this is a fluffy meringue dessert that is eaten at celebratory meals – such as after your team wins the AFL Grand Final (as mine did last year! Go Hawthorn!)
Lamington. This spongy Australian treat can be found in cafes, bakeries and supermarkets. They are small cakes coated in chocolate icing and coconut, possibly named after Lady Lamington wife of the Governor of Queensland at the time of Federation (1901).
Dim Sim. This dumpling-type snack was invented by Chinese Aussie chef William Wang Young in Melbourne in 1945. They are larger, a different shape and have a thicker skin than traditional dim sum.
Helen Woodall, editor for Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc (which includes the Cerridwen Press line as well as the Ellora’s Cave line and Cotillion Traditional Regency novels) lives in Australia. Since she works for an American firm and many of her authors are American she considers it her duty to educate people from all around the world about the wonders of Australia.
Note: Helen will respond to comments, but remember, she's not in the same time zone. At the moment, she's 14 hours ahead of me here in Florida. I'm sure she'll accept questions about being an editor for those writing in American English as well as anything about her homeland.