Today, the 25th of April, is ANZAC Day.
ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC day is a public holiday celebrated by both Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War One. The forces that fought soon came to be known as the ANZACs.
Commemorative services are held at dawn across the country, the time of the original landing in Gallipoli. Servicemen and women join together in marches through many Australian towns and other ceremonies are held as well.
ANZAC Day is not only a day to contemplate war and its effects but also to think about the brave men and women who have served Australia and New Zealand in the people who continue to do so today.
If you would like to know more about ANZAC day and the Australian War Memorial, check out this website.
In celebration of the event, I made some Anzac biscuits last night.
Strine Lesson! Bikkie = biscuit = cookie
They're quite easy to make:
*125g (4oz) butter
*1 tbsp golden syrup
*2 tbsp boiling water
*1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
*1 cup rolled oats
*3/4 desiccated coconut
*1 cup flour
*1 cup sugar
Melt butter and syrup over low heat. Add boiling water mixed with soda.
Pour into mixed dry ingredients and mix well. (I recommend hand mixing.)
Drop teaspoonfulls of mixture on to greased baking trays, leaving room for spreading.
Bake in preheated slow over (150 C, 300 F) for 20 minutes. Cool on trays for a few minutes then remove to wire racks.
Makes about 48.
After having made them, I think I would be a bit more generous with the amount of oats put in. Also, when it says 'leave room for spreading' be sure to do so. My first cooked batch nearly turned into one big monster bikkie.
***Picture from My Diverse Kitchen