Lamingtons are a type of Australian sweet treat made of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut flakes. In my family, we’ve mistakenly been calling them kokosanki, which translates as something like “coconut treats”, ever since. Wrong. Real Polish kokosanki are a type of coconut macaroon, and you can get a recipe for real kokosanki here. Why in my family do lamingtons go by a wrong name? No idea.
Whenever asked what is the thing I miss the least about Italy, my home country, my first answer is always the climate. Summers are too hot, winters are not snowy enough, and it’s generally too humid year round. There is only one small fraction of the year in which I miss the region I’m from – Piemonte, in the north-west – and that is around the second week of October, when the autumn colours explode under the best shade of blue the sky can get. Other than that, I don’t like the climate in Italy. Continue reading