Monday, April 2, 2012

Throw Another Shrimp on the Barbie

OK, most people have probably heard this now famous line bandied about at one time or another.  For some, it might bring to mind a gathering of mates around a BBQ, beers in hand, laughing and having a good time.  For the foodies out there, it would be the thought of succulent prawns (most Aussies don't call them shrimp) - ones that are SO big they're worth the effort of shelling, like the king prawns.

Australia has a wide variety of seafood available, including some very unique characters like the Moreton Bay Bug.  I know, it sounds pretty nasty, doesn't it?  But I promise you, it's not an insect, it's actually a type of lobster.  They're found along the northern coast of Australia all the way from Western Australia and over down the coast of Queensland to Moreton Bay (near Brisbane).

You might hear some strange words when people are talking about seafood.  Yabbies, for example, are a type of freshwater crayfish (or crawfish or crawdads, depending on where you live).  Barra, short for Barramundi, is a sweet tasting white fish that is also very popular for sport fishing.  The most common areas for this type of fishing are in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

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