Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Bikkies, or biscuits refer to cookies or crackers here, not rolls of bread (yumm buttermilk biscuits!) as in the US. They're usually served at the ritual of afternoon tea, accompanied by, well, tea ... and maybe some bad American coffee. If you're lucky, it will be drip not instant.

Tim Tams are an iconic biscuit of Australia. According to Wikipedia, they are "composed of two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate." Translated - way too sweet for me. Apparently they're less sweet if you dunk them in tea, which is how, according to one Australian friend, they are meant to be eaten. Too bad I don't like tea.


  1. Have you come across the "tim-tam-slam" yet? You need one tim tam, one mug of milky unsweetened coffee. You bite off 2 opposite corners of the tim tam and dunk one in the coffee and place your mouth at the other end and suck the coffee through the biscuit (like a straw). You then have to slam it into your mouth before it collapses.

  2. I've heard it described but didn't know there was a word for it :) Will try it when I'm back in Oz. xx