Monday, 30 April 2012

anzac day

Last Wednesday was one of the most important days in the Australian calender - ANZAC day. It remembers all of the servicemen and women who served in conflict... and marks the first time Australian troups joined with New Zealanders in the Gallipoli theatre.

Mum was good enough to organise for me and my brother to attend the service at Westminster Abbey. It was beautiful and moving. And a real time of reflection. I was so glad I battled the rain and awful weather to go along.

While we have chatted to the boys about the importance of the occasion, I think they will forever have 'the biscuit link in their head!' They had a tin each to take along to school on Friday.

This recipe from the Nursing mothers' Cookbook is a favourite - but there are lots available if you do a search online.
ANZAC biscuits (Makes around 40)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup SR flour
1/2 cup plain flour
3/4 cup coconut
3/4 cup sugar (raw, brown or white)
1/2 tspn bicarb
2 tblsp boiling water
125 g butter, melted
2 tblsp golden syrup

Mix all dry ingredients together, dissolve soda in water and add to melted butter and golden syrup.Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Place in tablespoons on greased tray. Bake in a moderately slow oven 160C for 15 minutes.
If you leave them in the oven a bit longer, they go quite crunchy - a lovely alternative to the slightly chewy finish they have. Experiment!

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