A special day is coming up on the 25th of April which down here in my part of the world means that because it's close to Easter we get two short working weeks! Yay!!!
It’s ANZAC Day – The remembrance day for both New Zealand and Australia - Anzac Day stands for Australia, New Zealand Army corp. This is the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.
Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual. (Taken from here)
One thing that came from those terrible days were the cookies (biscuits we call them) – Anzac biscuits. These rolled oat biscuits (cookies) were a staple of my childhood, easy to cook and a Kiwi favourite. If you want to read on some of the history of it – see here
To mark this occasion, I made a batch for you! So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a seat and chow down on a bit of Kiwi history.
This is my well-used New Zealand cook book. In itself it is a New Zealand icon.
How to make Anzac Biscuits (cookies - recipe taken from the Edmonds Recipe book)
4oz flour 3 ½ oz butter
6oz sugar 1 Tbspn golden syrup
1 cup coconut ½ tspn bicarbonate soda
1 cup rolled oats 2 Tbspn boiling water
Melt butter and golden syrup. Dissolve bicarbonate soda in the boiling water and add to the butter and golden syrup. Make a well in the center of the flour, stir in the liquid. Place in spoonfuls on baking tray. Bake 15-20 minutes at 350deg F.
Relax and enjoy!