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Christmas in Australia
Helmut wrote to us asking "does Santa Claus really wear shorts in Australia ?"
While people living in the northern hemisphere, like the Americans, Brits, French and Germans are rugging up to keep warm, we are in our shorts trying to stay cool. Living in the southern hemisphere, Christmas occurs during our summertime.
Lots of cities hold a Carols by Candlelight event. The Carols in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne are broadcast on TV across Australia so everyone can enjoy seeing famous Aussie singers entertaining with traditional carols.
Natalie wrote me, "I have found your website most helpful and I just want to give you a 'big thumbs up' to say thank you."
Now to Natalie's question, "I have a gas oven that has numbers going from 1-8 for the temperature. Would you be able to add those numbers into your conversion chart please. I only know one setting and that is number 4 equals about 180 degrees which is a moderate oven."
Aside from the presents, Aussie kids look forward to this time of year because they get a six week holiday from school. Family and friends enjoying swimming in their pools or at our beautiful Australian beaches. Because it's summer, there is no snow here now.
Speaking of Santa, Aussie children look forward to Santa arriving in his sleigh pulled by six white boomers. That's right, boomers, not raindeer.
Never heard of boomers?
They are white kangaroos of course.
Thanks to Rolf Harris, we even have a song about Australia's famous Six White Boomers.
Why are there only six boomers?
Our boomers are stronger than reindeer so Santa only needs six of them to pull his sleigh. It's quite sight to see!
I did some research and updated our oven temperature chart with the gas numbering too.
"I've been trying to find exact conversion rates between US and AU tablespoon measurements as I've been doing a lot of cooking from an American cook book."
"I haven't had much success as my tbsp. measurement is 25 mls. Now I've found out the US is less and my tbsp is more ... 2 teaspoons more!!! In some recipes that difference can make the difference!!! Thanks again for this insight."
Yes, Natalie, as you discovered the teaspoon, tablespoon, and other cooking measurements can be really different when a receipe is from a different country.