A big batch of chocolate, vanilla and coconut baked oatmeal, plus raspberries for some extra excitement.
Fun Fact: January 26 is Australia Day!
As you can guess, ‘Australia Day’ is Australia’s national day. In complete contrast to the USA’s Fourth of July, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the British flag being raised in Sydney in 1788 and the proclamation of British sovereignty over part of the country.
Australia Day has actually become quite controversial and a number of people wish to change the date. But, for the time being, it’s still January 26. So, to celebrate, I was after breakfast that seemed ‘Australian’. But then came the tricky part: figuring out what on earth seemed Australian (other than going to the beach and replacing the Prime Minister every few months).
So, what kind of food is Australian? Pavlova? Some claim it’s from New Zealand. Golden Gaytime ice-creams? Not a bad idea, but recreating the toffee, chocolate and honeycomb flavors would involve a ton of sugar. Pineapple on pizza? Pass (also, that was invented in Canada). Weet-bix? Ugh, it’s like soggy cardboard. Vegemite? Oh, the horror!
Looking for something that was Australian, edible and able to be turned into a breakfast dish, I ended up deciding upon lamingtons. Then, after making and photographing this recipe, I discovered that New Zealand also claims to be the birthplace of the lamington. Uh, whoops!