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Food After 117 years, lamingtons are off the menu at their birthplace

20:35  28 december  2017
20:35  28 december  2017 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Now after 117 years it is off the menu . Why it matters. The lamington was first created in Brisbane, most likely for Lady May Lamington and has been continually available at their "home", Old Government House, for 117 years .

Cakes and coffee, but no lamingtons at Brisbane's Old Government House for the first time in 117 years . "It could just be a millennial thing, but we took it off the menu a few months ago. Honestly, they were just not moving."

Cakes and coffee, but no lamingtons at Brisbane's Old Government House for the first time in 117 years. © Tony Moore Cakes and coffee, but no lamingtons at Brisbane's Old Government House for the first time in 117 years. For the first time in 117 years, lamingtons are off the menu at Old Government House in Brisbane, the home of the lamington.

And historians are shocked.

The lamington cake was first made in 1900, most likely for the wife of Queensland’s eighth governor, Lady May Lamington.

The lamington was made by either the Lamingtons' well-credentialled French patisserie chef, Armand Galland, or the well-known Brisbane cookery teacher Amy Schauer, regarded as “the Nigella Lawson of her time”.

Armand Galland, the experienc ed French patissiere chef, employed by Lord and Lady Lamington in Brisbane and most likely creator of the lamington. © Tony Moore Armand Galland, the experienc ed French patissiere chef, employed by Lord and Lady Lamington in Brisbane and most likely creator of the lamington. The lamington has been available ever since at Old Government House, in the grounds of Queensland University of Technology, either at the house, or at the restaurant and café.

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Cakes and coffee, but no lamingtons at Brisbane's Old Government House for the first time in 117 years . "It could just be a millennial thing, but we took it off the menu a few months ago. Honestly, they were just not moving."

The birthplace of the lamington has taken the iconic Australian cake off of the menu – 117 years after it was created (pictured is Brisbane's Old Government House). +5.

That is, until six weeks ago.

“They just weren’t selling,” Sarah Barnes, manager of Old Government House’s restaurant, The Pantry, confirmed last week.

“We now have cakes and a range of other things in the cabinet, as opposed to just sponge.

“It could just be a millennial thing, but we took it off the menu a few months ago. Honestly, they were just not moving.”

And a 117-year link in Australian history is broken.

Old Government House curator Katie McConnel learned of “the sad story” after being contacted by Fairfax Media.

“It is very sad the café no longer sells the lamington,” Dr McConnel.

“They are in this amazing historic house, but they don’t have that connection.”

Both parties have now agreed to discuss the legend of the lamington in the new year to see if it can be returned to the plate.

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Lord Charles Wallace Lamington and Lady May Lamington lived in Old Government House from April 1896 to June 1901.

Lord Lamington, Lady Lamington, lamingtons at Old Government House © Tony Moore Lord Lamington, Lady Lamington, lamingtons at Old Government House Lady Lamington was the patron of the nearby Brisbane Technical College, 100 metres from the house, where cookery teacher Ms Schauer taught from 1895 to 1937. The two women became friends.

It was suggested the lamington cake – originally a “full-on” rich butter cake – was first created either in one of Ms Schauer’s cooking classes, or by chef Monsieur Galland working 100 metres away in the kitchen of Old Government House, Dr McConnel said.

It is likely Monsieur Galland created the small cakes from larger cakes to cater for up to 1500 people who might attend a ball at Old Government House hosted by Lord and Lady Lamington.

Monsieur Galland was hired by the Lamingtons in Paris as they returned to Brisbane from holidays in Scotland to ready Queensland for a royal tour in 1900.

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After 117 years , lamingtons are off the menu at their birthplace . The lamington cake was invented at Old Government House in Brisbane in 1900 and has been on sale or served ever since.

“They bring him out as their chef du jour, their main chef to do all the big events and he had a real cake and patisserie background,” Dr McConnel said.

Dr McConnel scoffed at the popular folklore that Lord Lamington, the Scot, demanded a dropped sponge cake be dipped in chocolate and covered with dessicated coconut (to prevent the fingers get covered with the chocolate) to prevent it going to waste.

“Nobody ate with their fingers in those days,” Dr McConnel said.

“And besides, he would not have been anywhere near the kitchen; never, and there is just no way in the world stale cake would have been served."

The lamington recipe was first published was in the Queensland Country Life on December 17, 1900.

“People really liked it and asked for the recipe,” Dr McConnel said.

“I strongly support the idea that Armand Galland, the French chef here from May 1900 to May 1901, would have created the cake and it would have been named in honour of his patron, Lady Lamington."

Dr McConnel dismissed New Zealand’s claim to the lamington as an April Fools’ joke linked to Monsieur Galland travelling with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York to New Zealand from Brisbane in 1901.

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Although the birthplace of the lamington may be debatable to Kiwis, in Australia it is reported to be Old Government House in Brisbane, and yesterday we heard that the café there has taken lamingtons off the menu – for the first time in 117 years .

“I really think with people asking Lady Lamington for the recipe, he names it after her because, like the pavlova (Dame Anna Pavlova), and the Peach Melba (Dame Nellie Melba), it was a way of acknowledging and thanking his patron, which was generally the lady when it came to the food,” she said.

“I have a reference that Lady Lamington wrote for Monsieur Galland. She was a great fan of his.”

Monsieur Galland returned from the royal tour of New Zealand in 1901 to work as a wine merchant in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.

“His appointment to the Lamingtons was an appointment that changed his life.”

Dr McConnel has not discounted the possible influence of cooking teacher Mary Schauer on the lamington.

“But the connection is still to Lady Lamington, not Lord Lamington," she said.

"It is always to Lady May Lamington.”

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