Today I learnt…
That Lamingtons, the national cake of Australia, were named after Lord Lamington even though he hate them. Lord Lamington, who served as Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901. The chef at Queensland Government House, was asked to cater for guests during the busy period leading up to the Federation.
Because the request came at such a short notice, he took some leftover vanilla sponge cake dipped it in chocolate and then coconut. Coconut was not common in European cooking, but was familiar tot he chef as his wife was from Tahiti. The guests enjoyed it so much they asked for the recipe.
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