LAMINGTONS + ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN + LIEBSTER AWARDS

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it's time for me to celebrate all things aussie. I'm not normally one for outward displays of patriotism, but I thought since today is "the day", I may as well be kind of festive.

Australia Day (or 'straya day, as it's more commonly known) means different things for different people. for some, it's a time of mourning, others a time of celebration, and there are those for whom,  it's just another day down under. I tend to fall into the latter category.

it's not like i'm totally adverse to the whole thing, I just never have really celebrated it. but I figured i'd give a gentle nod to the cause through this post. so here's a quick run down on all things Australian, that some of you may (or may not) know. happy 'straya day!!!

- very few people really walk around in a singlet, shorts and thongs saying g'day to everyone they pass, and when they do it's often ironic, or in a beachside town

- politicians attack one another by saying "you can polish a turd for as long as you want and it'll still be a turd" #onlyinaustralia

- our citizens vary from kath and kim  to prude and trude and everything in between

- Melbourne bravely boasts four seasons in one day at least three times a week. cue the game of "is it going to rain???? should we take the washing in or out???? jacket on or jacket off?????"

- the colour scheme of cars on the road varies from inner city fifty shades of...you know, to bright green, red, orange and metallic purple, depending on where you are.

- the country where the supermarket chains brand themselves with the double word slogans "down!! down!!" and "cheap!! cheap!!"

- Australian music proudly varies from white rapping to intense rock

- these, that, this, these, these and those

- target isn't target it's tarjeeeeyyh

- bogans

now you can consider yourself an honorary Australian (or join with me in a moment of patriotism if you're my fellow aussie) and chow down on one of our national favourites lamingtons!!!!!!!!!!  


also!!! exciting news!! frances from spoonandwhisk has nominated me for the liebster award!! I found out the other day and was one very excited little blogger!!

fun fact: liebster in german for sweetest, kindest and welcoming!! how wonderful and fitting for this award!!

the liebster award is kind of like a massive chain email, but for bloggers. awarded, then passed on. it is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. it's a fabulous way to get noticed + recognised and extend the circles of your blogging community!! it's a really cool way to pass on the word and connect with some amazing new bloggers.

Listen up...the rules are as follows:

  1.  Link the person who has nominated you
  2. Answer all the questions given by the nominator
  3.  Nominate 11 other blogs that you think deserve it
  4. Create 11 questions for the nominees to answer
  5. Then notify all nominees through social media/their blogs

Here are my answers to the questions Frances asked me!

What is your favourite flavour of cake?

hmmmm good question!! I really love any cakes with citrus in them (think orange caked, lemon etc..) but I feel like my real loyalty lies with carrot cake!!!! I could eat that stuff (and it's frosting) for hours!!!! when I recently made a gluten and dairy free version I think I nearly screamed (then proceeded to stuff my face) because it's the one thing I've missed the most. ooh! also coffee cakes are really good, and I mean cakes with coffee in them not the ones you eat with coffee. they're good too.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

right now, if I could jet off to anywhere in the world, i'd go to Europe. more specifically, i'd head to London. I've been there before and loved it to pieces. but from there, I can travel around Europe and totally pull an eat pray love. also I'd visit all the British you tubers and food bloggers while I was there and just say hey!

i'd love to visit prague again, I didn't get to see much when I was there last, so i'd explore that more. also I've never been to Istanbul!! i'd love to go to turkey, I just think it's a really cool place!!

i'd also really love to visit the Kokoda trail and trek through it. I love hiking and think that this experience, especially given it's historical resonance would be a challenging, but moving experience. i´ve always wanted to visit south east asia and this trek has been on my bucket list for a while now.  you can read more about the history of Kokoda here if you like.

Do you automatically choose sweet or savoury?

sweet! i have such a sweet tooth! thank goodness my intolerance stops me from eating all the chocolate in sight because otherwise i´d look like a King size snickers bar!! instead, i tend to eat lots of fruit, especially dried fruit. i´m trying to cut down on the amount of dates i´m eating because at one point it was pretty crazy (it´s under control now guys, i got this)

What was your motivation to start your blog?

like i said, i don´t eat dairy for allergy reasons (i´m lactose intolerant), so you won´t be seeing any dairy products on here. also mum is fructose intolerant. i wanted to spread the Word about cooking minus dairy. statistically, doctors estimate that about 50% of us are lactose intolerant, so it´s more popular than you might think. i wanted to show people that you don´t have to miss out on your favourite foods, because of your medical condition. i´d been following food blogs for about a Year before i decided to make one myself at the end of 2014. i believe that dairy free (or any allergy or intolerance) shouldn´t be a death sentence to boring foods. 

What's your favourite go-to cookbook and why?

i love cookbooks. i review them too! i love donna hay´s the new classics, especially for baking. i often adapt recipes from there. for vegetables, anything by yotam ottolenghi (i own plenty more and have my eye on jerusalem) is genius. his approach too food is really amazing, and the flavours!!!!! don´t get me started!!!! the women´s weekly trio, cook, bake and kitchen are also really good basics to work off. they have pretty much anything under the sun. you can trust their recipes are tried and tested too!

Would you rather eat out or eat in?

i love eating out and exploring new cafes and restaurants. especially with Friends! it´s a great way to socialise and try something new! and you don´t have to wash up, which is always a bonus! sadly my heart says yes but my wallet says no. well, at the moment anyway.... :)

What's your favourite season and why?

Winter!!!! i sunburn realy easily, so summer is a no no. also the heat  just makes me feel uncomfortable. i used to be such a summer girl, but as i´ve gotten older, i´ve been favouring Winter jeans, jumpers and boots over summer shorts and dresses. my only sadness is that in Melbourne we don't get snow!! rain and thunderstorms are my favourite weather conditions.

Who inspires you?

other amazing food bloggers (check out my 2014 favourites post for their links), my Friends who never fail to inspire me!!(especially Betty! she´s been so supportive of Little alice right from day one and her hardworking nature is something that never ceases to inspire me!! xxxx) and my mum! she has always been there for me and i take all my life cues from her (no pressure mum haha). i´d be lucky to grow up and be like her.  

What's your favourite flower?

sunflowers!! and tulips!! to me they look like happy flowers!! (also Cherry blossoms because they always Bloom on my birthday, it's like nature is wishing me happy birthday)

If you were a food/meal what would you be?

i love this question! i think i´d be an antipasto spread, but with a middle Eastern kind of vibe. that way i can be full of lots of different flavours, but still one big 'meal' overall. and also everyone can take what they like most and leave what they don´t!

What is the best thing about blogging for you?

for me, i love the social aspect of blogging. creating a community of like minded people and making Friends that i wouldn´t have otherwise known. the internet adds a whole new dimension to the Word ´community´. 10 years ago, this wouldn´t have been possible. i feel really lucky that i get to share my ideas and thoughts, inspire and help others and read excellent content from fellow bloggers. if this blog even helps or inspires one single person, i´ve succeded.

my questions

  1. what is the inspiration behind your blog title?
  2. if you had a pub, what would you name it and why?
  3. if you could live in another era, which would it be and why?
  4. what would your superpower and superhero name be?
  5. what are your top three restaurants/cafes?
  6. you have a late night craving, what do you reach for?
  7. favourite thing to cook/bake/create?
  8. favourite blog post of all time from your own blog?
  9. you can meet and collab with one food blogger only, who would it be? why?
  10. what's your favourite recipe from your childhood?
  11. what's your favourite thing about blogging?

thank you frances so much for nominating me! I look forward to reading all the answers from my nominees soon! be sure to let me know when you post them and my inbox is always open to any of you who want to say hey!

note: I used the metal whisk attachment on the kitchen aid mixer for this recipe.


LAMINGTONS

{makes about 24 lamingtons | dairy free + gluten free}

 

ingredients

3 eggs

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cornflour

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons your preferred gluten free flour combination (I used gf plain flour)

1 teaspoon baking powder

 

for the chocolate icing

2 1/2 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup 100% cocoa powder

1/4 cup milk of choice ( I used almond milk)

1/4 + 1 tablespoon boiling water

2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut (for rolling)

method

preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

separate the eggs. beat the egg whites and the salt until stiff peaks form. add the yolks and vanilla and mix until combined.

slowly add the sugar and mix until smooth and fluffy.

using a knife (or the mixer on the lowest speed) add the flours and baking powder and mix until combined, careful not to knock the air out.

bake the cake in a rectangular tin lined with greaseproof/baking paper for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.  

leave to cool completely. cut into small cubes

 

to make chocolate icing:

combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. using a fork, whisk until smooth.

 

to assemble:

coat cubes in chocolate icing, then roll in coconut. leave to set on a wire cooling rack. lamingtons will keep in an airtight container in the pantry for up to a week, although they probably won't last that long :)

- jess x