Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is celebrated on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Presently, it commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.
The day usually commences with Dawn services to remember and honour those who participated in wars across the world in addition to ANZAC Day Ceremonies and Remembrance services. Marches and parades are held, as well as a day of footy between rivals Collingwood and Essendon in which the Anzac Medal is awarded to the player in the match who best exemplifies the Anzac Spirit – skill, courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play. Read more about Australian Rules Football, or footy, here.
Probably the most common food associated with ANZAC Day are the ANZAC biscuits, or cookies. Here is a recipe to try out:
1 cup rolled oats (NOT quick cook oats)
1 cup plain flour (NOT self-rising)
1 cup sugar (white or half white, half brown)
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
4 oz / 125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon boiling water
Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. In a pan, melt butter and golden syrup to a low heat. Mix baking soda with boiling water, add to the melted butter mixture and add to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined. Take teaspoonful size of the dough and dob it on a greased oven tray. Cook at 300 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes. Loosen on the tray and let them cool a bit the tray before removing them. Makes about 35 cookies.
For more information on ANZAC day, visit here.