Harmony Day 2017

This Tuesday March 21st is Harmony Day in Australia, the day we come together to foster belonging and respect the diversity that makes this Country so great!

Harmony Day Banner

On this day, it’s traditional for supporters of cultural harmony to wear the colour orange, as it symbolises social communication and meaningful discussions. If you’d like to celebrate with some other orange-themed goods, why not try out this orange and polenta cake?




  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200 Demerara sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 100g coarse polenta
  • Zest from 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 250ml orange juice
  • 30ml orange blossom water
  • 125g golden caster sugar


Preheat your oven to 160°C, then grease, line and grease again a 20cm springform tin

Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one

Stir in the vanilla essence

In a separate bowl, combine the almonds, polenta, orange zest, orange blossom water and baking powder, then add this to the butter mix

Pour into the tin and bake for 40-50 minutes until the edge of the cake is coming away from the tin

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate – very carefully!

Make the syrup by crushing the cardamom pods and putting them in a saucepan with the other ingredients. Simmer over a medium heat for around 10 minutes so that it reduces and thickens, then set aside to cool

Prick the cake with a skewer then brush with syrup


Try mixing up your cuisine on Harmony Day by incorporating cultural recipes from your own family’s background, from a friend or even by hosting a potluck dinner with friends all supplying their country’s national dish! At the very least you’ll get to try something exciting.