Would anyone like an ANZAC biscuit
|ANZAC bickies, mmm oaty goodness (recipe at the bottom of the page)|
The smell of ANZAC biscuits fill the air and a little tear wells in the corner of my eye as I watch the memorial celebrations for the origins of the ANZAC Day. There was a good crowd at Gallipoli but it was the service at Villers-Brettonneux that caught my heart. They read letters from the era, and showed photos of the conditions.
|Darwin ANZAC Day Parade, love the slouch hat with emu feathers|
For those of you who are non-Aussie or non-Kiwi, we were both newly independent Nations in 1914 when World War I broke out, only gaining autonomy 13 and 7 years respectively. On the 25th April 1915 our troops landed on the beaches of Gallipoli, Turkey as part of an allied invasion to capture the Gallipoli Peninsular. It didn’t end well with many deaths on both sides. Three years later to the day, ANZAC’s freed the small French village of Villers-Brettonneux. Over 770 Aussie soldiers are laid to rest there and over 1000 names are scribed on a wall of those lost in battle. There were many other battles a very long way from home.
Today we celebrate the lives of all our fallen soldiers, sailors and air-men (and women) from all conflicts and Peace Keeping Missions from that time on as well as the men and women serving today or have served in our countries Armed Services.
|Air Force Dog, we have a lot of military dogs over seas searching out bombs|
I went to the ANZAC parade here in Darwin. It was great to see the old diggers and I was amazed at how proud I was (and the crowd around me) to watch the current military march past as well as the cadets, guides and scouts.
|Girl Guides getting ready to march behind some Vietnam Vets|
We have a lot of military here in Darwin with a good size contingent from the US who also marched which was so appropriate as many American soldiers died here in the Bombing of Darwin in the Second World War. We had commemorations for that in February (they-bombed-us-big-time blog entry)
|US troops, very smart (cute bums, am I allowed to say that?)|
I found this description of ANZAC spirit on Wikipedia so I cut and paste for your enjoyment
‘The Anzac spirit or Anzac legend is a concept which suggests that Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics, specifically the qualities those soldiers are believed to have shown on the battlefield in World War I. These qualities cluster around several ideas, including endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, larrikinism, and mateship. According to this concept, the soldiers are perceived to have been innocent and fit, stoical and laconic, irreverent in the face of authority, naturally egalitarian and disdainful of British class differences’
also for those who think we speak funny
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corp
Aussie:- Australian mate
Kiwi:- New Zealander from the land of the long white cloud
Biscuit:- English for cookie
Bickies - informal version of biscuit
And for those who like statistics (that’s everyone right) during WWI Australia had a population of 4.5 million and 313,000 left our shores to go to war. No wonder most towns here have a war memorial.
|ANZAC bickies, mmm oaty goodness|
There are many recipes for ANZAC biscuits (cookies for US friends) they all involve oats and golden syrup. This style of biscuit was used as they can be stored in a tin for a long time enabling them to be mailed to troops on the other side of the world.
My recipe is low fat and so good.
Sieve together -1cup plain flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon bi-carb soda, and a pinch of salt.
Mix into the flour - ½ cup raw sugar, 1 cup rolled oats (I use quick oats) and ½ cup sultanas (or any dried fruit you like most or you can leave these out, just as nice)
Make a well and add - 2 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ cup of golden syrup.
Drop walnut size scoops of mix onto a greased tray (allow room for spreading)
Bake in a moderate oven (180’C) for 10 to 15 mins (experiment with how you like them, less oven time for a chewy biscuit or longer for a crunch)
Let cool on tray.
Enjoy x Luna