wait a minute?! what’s the date today?
it’s April the 25th! and its….Anzac Day!
Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. And ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Nowadays, Australians celebrates Anzac day in two special services, which are commemorative services at dawn and the ceremonies at war memorials.
The first service is held at dawn because it was the time of the original landing. It is held across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women marches through major cities and in many smaller centres. The second ceremony is more formal and held at war memorials around the country. Through these ceremonies, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
So what about Anzac biscuits?
Anzac biscuit is a traditional, eggless, sweet biscuit made from rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup, bi-carb soda and boiling water. Don’t get yourself confused between Anzac biscuits and Anzac wafer (hardtack biscuits). The latter has a long shelf life, do not go moldy, and they serve as nutritional substitute for bread in war times. On the other hand, Anzac biscuits don’t keep as long as the Anzac wafer, but it was known as a suitable inclusion in parcels of small luxuries and comforts that families and charitable organizations used to send to the soldiers.
So, it’s been a tradition to make Anzac biscuits or cookies on Anzac day. Have you tried making Anzac biscuits before?
I have not and unfortunately this year I have not got a chance to make Anzac biscuits! I promise you I will make one next year!
And for now, I have found two Anzac biscuits/cookies make-over recipes: Anzac Oatmeal Cookies by Teresa Cutter, the healthy chef and Anzac Biscuits from Healthy Food Guide. They both have been modified to healthier version with less fat, sugar, and extra fibre from the wholemeal flour.
Have a go and let me know how it is!
Happy Anzac Day 2011 🙂
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” Lest we forget!
- Australian War Memorial. The ANZAC day tradition. Australian War Memorial[cited 2012 24 April]; Available from http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp.
- Charles, Jackie. Anzac biscuits. Healthy Food Guide; 2007[cited 2012 24 April]; Available from http://www.healthyfoodguide.com.au/recipes/2007/august/anzac-biscuits.
- Conde, Anne-Marie. ANZAC biscuits. Australian War Memorial; 2008[cited 2012 24 April]; Available from http://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2008/04/22/anzac-biscuits/.
- Cutter, Teresa. Anzac oatmeal cookies. The healthy chef; 2011[cited 2012 24 April]; Available from http://www.teresacutter.com/2011/04/anzac-cookies/.