The timing worked out perfectly. Here we are, studying Australia, reading about making Lamingtons, and it all falls on Australia Day. My Aussie friend, Karen, accused me of manipulating the curriculum (which I'm not above doing - the joys of being a flexible homeschooler). She also brought some kangaroo jerkey, which we all tried. According to Karen, jerkey is an American thing. She took one bite, gagged, spit it out, and reached for a mint. We followed the recipe in our book, but it only called for 3/4 cup of flour, and the cake turned out tremendously flat. But we forged ahead! I cut the cake into "fingers", and Sarah coated them with thin chocolate icing and rolled them in fresh coconut. We began to put them on plates to share with our Aussie neighbors.
Karen also brought over some Vegemite (with which we are very familiar). Suddenly, she had the bright idea to cover one of the Lamingtons with Vegemite and roll it in coconut as a practical joke. Giggling, Karen and Sarah delivered the treats to a meeting and rolled in laughter as the joke was revealed. Quickly, Sarah gave a "real" Lamington to the recipient of the joke, who was a very good sport. We laughed and laughed together! Even though the cold rain poured from the gray skies outside, inside our house it was warm and sunny.
"A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired." Proverbs 17:22 The Message