Winning at Lammington Roulette

4 Jun


Back to Australia, where we’re on our last day on the road, and I still haven’t found a proper cream-filled Lammington. After leaving Buchan, we stopped for an excellent breakfast in Bruthen. I had high hopes for the small town’s bakery, but it didn’t even have Lammingtons. Onward.

We kept driving toward Melbourne and while going through the much larger town of Sale, I saw a bakery and we stopped. You know how you go to Europe and try to pronounce the name of something, and they have that way of correcting you where their tone of voice implies, “You ugly American. Our vowel pronunciation is much more civilized than your nasally twang. Always, always are our ‘a’s’ pronounced ‘ah”? It now doesn’t really matter where I travel, I automatically assume that if I’m outside of the United States and Canada, an ‘a’ is always pronounced ‘ah.’ Hence in Sale, I called it “Sah-lay.” Susy immediately corrected me. “It’s Say-el.” Gah! I’m showing not just my ugly American, I’m pulling out my ugly, pretentious American!

Anyway, Sale is where we hit the jackpot. They had Lammingtons! They had cream Lammingtons! They had cream Lammingtons in both chocolate and strawberry coating! JACKPOT! I got one of each–even though they were huge, I couldn’t resist–and back into the car we went. I scarfed down one of them throughout the rest of the journey and saved the other for breakfast the next day.

Both were fantastic–and they had jam in them as well! Cream and jam Lammingtons? BONUS JACKPOT! While they were completely delicious, I almost had to agree with Kill C.’s sentiment that, “The best part about finding cream Lammingtons is that I don’t have to eat anymore Lammingtons.” Until one of our clinic students found out we liked them and made a batch for us that night. Homemade, they were even better because the frosting was spread really thickly. Man, I can still taste those now. It’s a good thing I don’t have a recipe (yet) or that America hasn’t heard about this treat–we’re hip to the cupcake, whoopie pie and donut now. Lammingtons could be just around the food trend corner!

5 Responses to “Winning at Lammington Roulette”

  1. Sockmonkey's Kitchen June 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    I love the way you write! I’ve just heard of Lamingtons, and now am on a quest to find the perfect recipe. However, I like your way better…. begin travelling, look for the treasure in each bakery, and scarf down the results =0)


  2. DavID January 16, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    Supposedly until sometime last century the commonest Oz accent had the whiny tones now only common near or in Northern Territory.

    To me it seems we in Oz usually have an inconsistent mix of vowel sounds, I’m not even consistent with myself. I usually say “dance” but I notice those he teach it usually say “dance” and I usually say “castle” but people in NSW (the porn state?) all know to say “Newcastle”. A neighbour’s parents live in Castlemaine so I’ve been pronouncing that the same way, but now that I think of it, she says “Castlemaine”!

    I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to surmise how to read the above out loud ;~)


    • DavID November 10, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

      I’m now in the process of moving from Melbourne suburbia to the vicinity of Castlemaine, Victoria. It seems the local pronunciation is American not British style. My landlord decided against a fence along a long side because apparently ~ 10 kangaroos dine at the property every night and they’d just wreck it!
      A You-tube video shows a roo in the area hopping directly towards the POV which unfortunately is in a car driving at night. It seems kangaroos, like flies and moths, head towards lights.

      (And maybe towards lamingtons? See, I’m not off topic!!! ;~)


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