How the Kangaroo got its name.
European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked
a native Australian (aborigine) what they were called. He replied "kangaroo"
meaning "I don't understand" your question. The explorers thought this
was the animal's name. And that's how the kangaroo got its name.
Early on one
Christmas Day, a Joey Kanga-roo
Pretty soon old
Santa began to feel the heat
Joey said to Santa,
Santa, what about the toys
Soon the sleigh
was flashing past, right over Marble Bar
Well that's the
bestest Christmas treat that Joey ever had
- Brown) Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd / EMI (P) 1965
More about Boomers
boom.er(boomer) n.1. A large male kangaroo. 2. Australian & N.Z. Informal. Anything large, succesful and exciting.
A male kangaroo is called a boomer.
A female is called a flyer. A baby is called a joey.
A Kangaroo is a marsupial mammal. It is a macropod which means "big foot". There are over 40 different types (species) of Kangaroo. The smaller ones are usually called Wallabies. The largest is the Red Kangaroo. It stands taller than a man and can weigh 85 kgs. It is the largest marsupial in the world.
The Kangaroo moves by hopping on its powerful hind legs. It uses its thick long tail to balance its body while hopping. A kangaroo can hop at up to 60kmh (40mph). It can also leap over obstacles up to 3m (10ft) high. Because of the unusual shape of its legs and its bulky tail a kangaroo can't walk or move backwards very easily.
Kangaroos need very little water to survive and can go months without drinking water. The kangaroo usually rests in the shade during the day and comes out to eat in the late afternoon and night when its much cooler. It eats mostly grass.
A kangaroo carries its baby in its pouch. The baby is born really tiny and crawls into its mother's pouch. The baby lives in its mother's pouch till its quite large. Even when its quite large it still drinks milk from a teat in its mother's pouch. It sometimes jumps into its mother's pouch head first when frightened.
The kangaroo fights by
attacking its opponent with its front paws (which have sharp claws) or
by kicking them with its powerful hind legs.
Six White Boomers
When visitors come during these lazy, hazy, wind down summer days, I like to be able to produce some home made goodies to feast upon. Here are six favourite Australian 'boomers' that can be use for the Aus-tra-lian run.
Mix all ingredients (excluding Shortening) in large bowl Carefully melt shortening on stove top (or in microwave) Pour shortening into mix and stir until combined. Press mixture into paper lined tray (about 1'/ 2.5 cm high) or spoon into paper cups Refrigerate until set Cut into squares if made in tray.
Chop marshmallows and cherries roughly, add rest of dry
ingredients, pour on warm melted Copha, put in shallow dish, refrigerate
Chocolate Fruit Clusters
Melt copha. Mix all the ingredients together. Pour on copha and mix well. Put into patty pans or in spoonfuls on greased tray. Refrigerate until set.
Melt 'n Shortbread
250 gram butter
Melt butter over low heat. Allow to cool slightly. Sift icing sugar and cornflour into bowl. Add sugar. Add butter and vanilla. Beat mixture until thick and creamy. Add sifted flour and mix well. Press into lamington tin. Mark into fingers. Prick decoratively with a fork. Bake in moderate oven over 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar. Cool in tin.
Iced Christmas Cake
Combine mixed fruit, sugar and brandy in bowl and stand for 2 hours or overnight. Put milk with butter in a saucepan and heat until the butter is melted. Add this to the fruit mixture, then beaten eggs, essence, flour and spices. Combine thoroughly. Put the mixture in a paper lined tin. Put tin inside a large casserole dish and bake at 300 for one hour and 275 for three to four hours.
When icing this cake I buy pre-prepared almond and royal
icing mixture. Brush cake with egg. Roll out almond icing and cover cake.
When set, roll out royal icing and cover. Pin tartan ribbon around the
edges and place artificial poinsettia on the cake. This simple decoration
never fails to look beautiful.
Buy a jar of Robertsons Fruit Mince and plenty of shortcrust pastry. Roll out pastry and cut into small rounds using a glass as a cutter. Place rounds in patty cake shaped tins. Fill with mince and top with a round of pastry. Cook for fifteen minutes or until pastry is golden. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
1. Sort out your tins and containers
and have a cook up. Do it all in one hit and look with wonder at your