Ahh Happy Monday. I am posting this at exactly 8pm on Monday night here in New Zealand, which means it’s 1am Monday morning in Texas. Therefore, we can finally share in a Monday together, yes?
Don’t worry, it only took me 2 months to get the whole time change right. Just kidding…sorta.
Okay so I might not be the best at adjusting to time change but I am learning how talk and eat like a Kiwi. Below are a list of words that I am finally picking up here in the land of the big white cloud (that’s New Zealand). Finally, I am not having to ask people to repeat things slowly. haha.
More words: here
- pikelet: small pancake often served with jam and whipped cream
- naff off: get lost!
- petrol: gasoline
- lolly: candy
- loo: bathroom
- sunnies: sunglasses
- torch: flashlight
- two sammies short of a picnic: used to describe a person who is a “bit thick”.
- up the duff: pregnant
- piss: beer, as in “get on the piss”*
- pissed: drunk, inebriated (or pissed as a fart as my mother in law would say.
- going bush: become reclusive. And expanded by Jonathan:- To take off for the bush and live for an extended period to “get away from it all”.
- good on ya, mate!: congratulations, well done
- banger: sausage (banger and mash= sausage and potatoes)
- biscuit: cookie
- buggered: exhausted
- bugger off: piss off, shove off, get out
Are you laughing yet? I hope so, it’s Monday!
Another learning experience I’ve had lately has been in the kitchen. The kiwi Kitchen. You see, kiwi’s like their white bait. It’s a so-called delicacy here (You can learn all about White Bait here). But this stuff ain’t cheap. I asked the hubs to go buy some at the market so I could attempt to make the infamous White Bait Fritters and he came back with about 5oz of it. 5oz for $20! Whoa!
Now usually White Bait Fritters are made a certain way, kinda like an omelet. Lou cooked it 2 ways here. But I decided to put my “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” thinking cap on and “volumize” these bad boys. I even gave them a little Texas flare.
*Note: You can make this recipe using crab, salmon, sardines, etc.
White Bait Fritters with a Texas Flare
Learning the Lingo & Recipe
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 chili pepper (optional)
- 200g drained whitebait (around 5 oz)
- dash of milk if needed.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 lemon
- diced pepper or jalapeno (optional)
- Tobasco to top.
- Drain the white bait (or other seafood of choice) and set aside. In a separate bowl, crack eggs and separate egg whites. Place egg whites aside. Add the flour, spices, pepper, and baking soda to your eggs. Whip egg whites until nice and fluffy.Fold in your white bait and egg whites into the main batter. Mix well.
- Butter you pan and add a touch of oil and lemon. Make sure it's on medium to medium high heat. Scoop your batter on the pan and lightly fry on each side.
- Place fritters on top of rice with sliced avocado and tabasco. Eat up!!
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Not too shabby, eh? I actually ended up getting 4 fritters out it. Served on top of rice with avocado and you’ve got yourself a meal.
So tell me, what new lingo have you learned lately?
Anything new in the kitchen?
Cheers to Monday,