The 21st of July is Lamington Day.
They are very popular in Australia, where they are often just called “lammos”.
In Australia, there is an Australian Lamington Appreciation Society (ALAS).
Do you like yours with a layer of strawberry jam in the centre, or whipped cream, or however delicious that might be, do you think that makes it something other than a lamington? And what about having the coconut dyed different jolly colours?
There are several tales about how lamingtons originated but sadly, all of them are almost certainly apocryphal.
Activities for today
- Make or buy some lamingtons;
- it’s a good day to support your local independent bakery;
- have friends over for lamingtons and tea or coffee;
- try some new flavours;
- take part in a fundraiser selling lamingtons for a charity.
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