Food, glorious food!
How are you all doing? Satya, how are you feeling? I hope you’re OK, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you during your mid-term exams – I hope they all go well for you. And thank you for your birthday wishes – I had a lovely day.
We’ve had another celebration today – it’s our wedding anniversary! We thought we’d go out for lunch, so we went to a place in Darling Harbour (where Owen could watch all the boats) and shared a big plate of seafood. Yum! And that got me thinking about a subject for today’s post – food! A lot of you have been asking me about Aussie food, and what better place to start than with seafood?
Seafood and fish here in Oz are great – you can get them in most places. Sydney Fish Markets are on the water near Glebe (just a bit further round from the ANZAC Bridge) and the stalls there are stocked with all sorts of interesting things. The markets get really busy around Christmas as everyone is stocking up on prawns and things for Christmas lunch. I think most of the produce is local, although some things are imported.
Fresh produce here is wonderful – because Australia is such a big country with a range of climates, most fruit and veg are locally grown. As we’re just coming into summer, mangoes are coming into season – hurray! I love mangoes – I don’t think I’ve ever had one before I came here, and I’m hooked! Queensland produces most of the tropical fruit like mangoes, pineapples and bananas, whereas the cooler states (Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW) produce stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, and things like apples.
Australia is quite well-known for its beef and lamb, although meat is getting more expensive (as are fruit, veg, milk and bread) because the drought is starting to have an effect on prices. Many areas of the country have been in drought for 10-15 years and the farmers and primary producers are really starting to suffer. Meat features prominently in that great Aussie culinary tradition – the barbie (barbecue), especially as we’re coming into summer and the days are getting warmer and longer.
I should also probably talk about wine and beer – there are some very famous wine-growing areas in Oz, notably the Yarra Valley in Victoria, the Margaret River in WA, the Barossa Valley in South Australia and the Hunter Valley in NSW. Australia exports a lot of its wine – in fact, when we went back to England in May I was surprised by how many Aussie wines I recognised. Many states are known for one particular beer – the most widely-drunk NSW beer is probably Toohey’s New, and there are a lot of smaller breweries opening up and producing boutique beers. In Sydney, there are also restaurants devoted to Belgian, German, and Czech beer, so there’s a really wide variety!
I was thinking about sharing some traditional Aussie dishes with you – here are a couple of sweet things you may have heard of – lamingtons and pavlova. Lamingtons are made from sponge cake which is cut into squares, covered in chocolate and then dipped in coconut. Pavlova (which both Chris and I love!) is made from egg whites and sugar, which are beaten together until they’re stiff, and then baked until crispy. This crispy meringue base is then filled with thick cream and fresh fruit (usually strawberries, but you could use anything really). It’s delicious, but also really bad for you!! (But most desserts are, I suppose!) If you’d like me to find a proper recipe for pavlova so you can have a go at making it yourself, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!
How did you do with the gerunds and infinitives? As Satya says, it is a tricky topic, so keep coming back to the posts and reading them again – hopefully they’ll be around on the site for a while, so you can come back and look at them as often as you need to.
Did you work out the use of go on for yourselves?
Go on + gerund means that an action is continued
Go on + infinitive means that a new subject has started
Well, I’m sure you’ll all be very happy to know there are only three more to look at, and the same patterns can be applied to all three. Isn’t that good news? And I promise that my next post will be much less grammar-heavy!!
OK, let’s look at forget, remember, and remind.
With the gerund:
• I still remember eating mangoes for the first time.
• I’ll never forget watching England beat Australia in the 2005 Ashes series.
• I regret not working harder at University.
These examples with the gerund all refer back to the past, to things that I did (or didn’t do). You could also say:
• I can still remember the first time I ate mangoes.
• I’ll never forget the 2005 Ashes series when I watched England beat Australia.
• I regret the fact that I didn’t work harder at University.
With the infinitive:
• Please remember to pay the phone bill.
• I forgot to buy an anniversary card for Chris.
• I regret to tell you that you failed the exam.
These examples with the infinitive are looking forward in time.
• Remember / forget + infinitive look forward in time to the things that you still need (or needed) to do.
• Regret looks forward in time to something that you are (or were) going to do but that you feel sorry about.
If you’d like a bit of practice, see if you can complete the gaps in the following sentences with either the gerund or infinitive form of the verb in brackets. I’ll do the first one for you as an example.
1. Cityrail regrets to inform you that the next train has been cancelled. (inform)
2. I mustn’t forget ………… some vocab at the end of this post. (include)
3. I can remember ………… snowmen in the garden with my sister when we were little. (make)
4. I’ll never forget ………… Chris’ face when he realised he was having a birthday party. (see)
5. You must remember ………… a drink for Owen next time you go to the park. (take)
6. I still regret ………… away my husband’s best shoes – I didn’t mean to do it. (throw)
Answers next time! I’ll also try and reply to all of you again, as it’s about time I did that, especially as you’re all so good about posting comments for me to read. We might have a look at some of the new vocab too, if I can think of a more user-friendly way to do it!
Hope you’ve all had (are having?) a great weekend,
See you soon,
Today’s vocab (not much, really!)
to stock up (phr vb)
come into season (expr)
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