Fruit for smokos (*)

Can you imagine my joy when I was donated this pretty shopping list? People are not so careless with them as they were a few short months ago; there are none to be seen in shopping trolleys/baskets any more.

I was very impressed with the consistent use of ‘bullets’ before each item on the list and the easy to read printing. I also loved the idiosyncratic spelling that pops up here and there. Can you spot the item that might indicate the presence of a vampire at the dining table? (Down Under, we refer to the evening meal as ‘tea’, by the way.) What others might have tickled your funny bone?


(*) Many of you will be familiar with the term ‘smoko’, but in case you haven’t encountered that Aussie word, it refers to a rest from work for a smoke and/or a bit of a snack. 

When I still lived in Dismal Swamp (aka Atherton), I took a photo of the fellows who were gearing up to paint the interior of my home. They were on smoko before tackling the work.

They were having 'smoko' before they started the job. My house looks all fresh and sparkly!





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51 responses to “Fruit for smokos (*)

  1. interesting list! very healthy and delicious! thank you for sharinggg💞

    Follow @everythingtips for tips and recommendations if interested! It would mean a lot to me!🥺🤍

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  2. Val

    They look deliberate rather than spelling errors, what fun! 🙂

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  3. How delightful. Yes, maybe dictated to a home-schooled child. Just think, we may live long enough to be governed by this generation taught at home by parents self-medicating with alcohol 🙂

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  4. Ha! I got some giggles from this list!
    Wonder if an asp and a para (pair a) grasses got together to create asparagrass???
    The misspellings add to the charm!
    The foods sound very yummy!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  5. Asparagrass!! I can see why they might think it resembles grass. This person obviously enjoys fresh healthy food. I’m impressed that they’re having fruit for smoko. Most people, including Mr ET, would have a nice piece of cake or a bikkie with their hot beverage.

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    • I was also pleased with the choice of fruit for smoko.

      I am devastated; I forgot to mention that there is a little town named Smoko not far from Myrtleford! I must see if the local history guru knows the origin of the name.


  6. I particularly liked the tender lion with the pork. An excellent list, Yvonne.

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  7. Bert

    Would you still call it a ‘smoko’ even if you and your family did not smoke?
    Re Rob’s comment, is ‘rego’ pronounced with a hard ‘g’ or a soft ‘g’? And speaking of spelling words the way we pronounce them, a well-educated friend of mine once referred to a “chimley” and I’ve heard several people speak of a “skellington”. Another close friend used to refer to apricots as “apricocks”. I enjoy mispronouncing words myself: I ask for “biskips” when SWMBO makes a cup of tea.

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  8. Lots of fun here. I especially like the non-specific ‘a maranade’ not just for the spelling but because I imagine some sort of random luck dip!

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  9. I liked the vampire delicacy. My favourite spelling was asparagrass because it reminded me of my children’s beetfruit.

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  10. So lovely! My favorite is brocollie. Asparagrass is not bad…maybe she hates shopping and makes these lists to give her a smile.

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  11. Rob Cherry

    Ahh, Aussies and their love of shortening everything!
    It seems to be a recentish thing as when a few years ago the Car Rental gal asked ‘what’s the Rego?’ My Aussie wife looked as puzzled as me!!
    Well, she’s lived outside Australia longer than she has lived in it now 😄

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    • I had forgotten that Nat is an Aussie. I held out as long as I could, but finally succumbed to the Aussie way of shortening some things. Not all, I have my pride, don’t you know!

      It seems that your transplantation to the Netherlands has turned out to be not so bad, eh?


      • Rob Cherry

        Yes, it’s really nice here, the natives are strange, but not that different m. You would recognise so many aspects of Dutch life as the settlers took it with them to Australia, Things like Fairy Bread, that’s breakfast food here 😄

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        • I wish there was a laugh button to push on WordPress.

          I think I mentioned that my parents were from Flanders, which is probably pretty similar to Holland in customs. But, no Fairy bread, perhaps. (I’ll ask my cousin when I next write to her.)


  12. I love the shopping list, but I’m wondering if English wasn’t their first language.
    Oh, I hope they caught those vampires. When daughter Sophie was at school she carved out a little wooden cross, and in the move to this side of the house it turned up again inside a box of photographs.
    One of the girls hung it on my balcony doors and announced there’ll be no vampires here!
    Not the usual reason for displaying a cross, but it’s still there and has done a good job so far!

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  13. Maybe they were smoking asparagrass?

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  14. What could be better than a nice meal of Chicken Brest and Asparagrass?

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  15. Caroline

    Quite a healthy list!
    Yvonne, I hadn’t noticed your Mondrian exterior before – brilliant! Hope you are well?.Any plans to revisit Italy when / if it becomes safer to travel? Cx

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    • Well, my passport lapses in 4 year’s time; let’s see what happens by then.

      I wish I could have brought that house with me when I moved. It was just perfect for me and the little boss cat.


    • I am very relieved to hear you’re holding those vampires at bay, Sue.

      Many Aussie folks pronounce some of those item names the way we see them on the list, so it’s not too surprising to see these spellings. But, someone else suggested that perhaps the list was dictated to a child at home from school as part of their enforced home schooling. So, that’s another possibility.


  16. Interesting list. Every once in a while I will find one but I think the stores are more careful about cleaning the carts than they used to be. If I find one, would you like it and how do I get it to you?

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  17. I love all the fantastic ways of spelling. Chicken Brest.
    I just had a chest Xray. Fifteen minutes ago. The rather well endowed technician was looking at my chest through her monitor and said, ‘You’ve got very big lungs.’ And I didn’t say anything (because I am a polite person)
    and the tender lion that’s good.
    and the collie. woof woof

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