“There is nothing more Australian than spending time in someone else’s country”~ Anonymous
In North America travel is seen as a luxury. Almost half of all Canadians do not have a valid passport (according to the latest stats I could find). We spend lots of time up at the lake, swatting mosquitos, and feeling authentically Canadian. Very few of us travel beyond North America to discover the way things look on the other side of the world.
Australians on the other hand, have an absolutely stunning country and spend a great deal of their time away from home. I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with Australians working in Whistler, touring Italy and visiting New York. Whenever I go on vacation there seems to be a bunch of Australians along for the ride. It is only fitting that this time I would actually visit Australia.
I won’t have a lot of time in Australia so I’ve already started soaking up the culture in advance through Vegan MoFo food blogs like CupcakeKitteh, In The Mood for Noodles and vegangela.
In addition to those fantastic women, I also read one non-vegan blog from Australia, because Hannah never fails to make me laugh out loud while I’m sipping my coffee and trying to get ready to tackle my day. She often shares vegan recipes so when I found her raw mango, date, and sunflower tropical energy balls (which are faster to make than to say) I had to give them a try. I’m doing my best to get through my well-stocked pantry and these little gems were perfect for putting my dried mango to good use. I made a few changes to the recipe because I had to go with the nuts and seeds I had on hand.
Sweet like Hannah Truffles
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup dates, pitted
2/3 cup dried mango (preferably organic)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/4 cup water
1. Combine everything (except for the water) into a food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together in a cohesive and slightly-sticky ball. Add water if needed.
2. Roll into balls and store in the freezer.
You’d think these would make a great plane snack. You’re probably right but they disappeared last weekend and I don’t fly out for three more days. Oh well, they were excellent.
Do you have a passport? What is the furthest you have travelled? What was the best thing you ate when you arrived?