Tuesday, 17 April 2012
ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps for those of you international readers.
I'm a little bit patriotic and I love how Australia embraces their history.
The actual day is next Wednesday 25th but I'm prematurely baking ANZAC biscuits because next TT I have something rather special to celebrate.
Each year we all take a minute silence to remember the men and women who fought for us in WWI and now the wars beyond - a small gesture that says so much. A day where we are all proud to call ourselves Australians.
I absolutely love making these biscuits. As I mix the ingredients together I think of how hard it might of been. I think of the wives and loved ones waiting at home wondering, baking these little treats to send to the soldiers - doing what little they can to help morale, to be a part of it and to encourage hope and some sort of sweetness in a bleak place.
These were created to last. The simple and readily available ingredients meant these treats could be baked in bulk and shipped to far flung places still in tip top condition. The bi-carb of soda is integral.
Today, some recipes have changed their ingredients but I stick to tradition (well, you all know that's no surprise). Bi-carb soda, golden syrup, flour, sugar, desiccated coconut; whack it all together and you have got a lovely little sweet thing with the promise of delight.
It is one of my favourite things to bake for the smell is so distinct and so iconic. Your kitchen ignites with the sweetness of golden syrup - I always like to think that during the war this scent could brighten ones day just for a little while. I truly do believe in the power of food.
Maybe one day I will travel to Gallipoli for the dawn service. I will watch the sunrise with my fellow Aussies as we remember those who have fallen, who sacrificed their lives for us.
Enjoy the pics - this time round I made them soft and chewy - but a little longer in the oven and you've got them crunchy - either way they are a winner in my book.
Here is to honouring history and to those who have fought for my country.
I'm excited for FF - I've almost finished it (my goodness someone's organised)