Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Anzac Day
Ode of Remembrance
Lamingtons
Chocolate Covered Anzacs

Ode of Remembrance
They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them

Lest we forget

Donna Hay's Chocolate Anzac Buscuits.
These buscuits are said to have been made for care packages for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during WW1. Spread 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate on the base of each buscuit and place chocolate side up on a wire rack until set.

Lamingtons
Laurel Evelyn Dyson in ther book 'How to Cook a Galah' describes the origins of the lamington, named in honour of May Baroness Lamington, the wife of the Queensland Governor from 1891-1901. She describes our national cake for the last hundred years and argues it cannot be overlooked...'a perfect combination of flavours with its chocolate and coconut coating'. There are two ideas concerning the lamington's origin. The first is the lamington was invented by the Brisbane cook Amy Schaver. The second is the lamington originated in the kitchen of Government Houses as a way of using up stale cake.

I have just brought a packet of lamingtons made by the Western Australian company Mills and Wares. They are fresh and luscious, covered in a thin layer of chocolate icing and coconut. Lamingtons bring back childhood memories of the Perth Royal Show and the Mills and Wares school case filled with buscuits and cakes like the lamington (which my sister buried in the frontyard sand pit), cake stalls and lamington drives.

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