It’s close to ANZAC Day in Australia, a day where we pause and spend time thinking about the sacrifices made in wartime. The day itself marks a battle fought in Turkey by the combined Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in 1915. It was a bloody battle that ended in failure, but one that seemed to define our nation, enabling us to cut ties from England and be recognised as independent.
ANZAC day has expanded to commemorate all that served in any war, including nurses, women’s corps and many others in parades and dawn services. As a small girl, I marched as a brownie and girl guide, and later as a member of the Army Reserve. It was not until I grew older that the horrors of war and what the nation went through really sunk in. No one escaped. Not the soldiers, (try hearing I was only 19 by Redgum) or the ones that couldn’t fight (listen to Scorn of the Women by Weddings, Parties, Anything) or the families on the homefront, or the nurses on the front. I’d recommend Kerry Greenwood’s Murder in Montparnasse for a perspective on serving as an ambulance driver in WW1. I also recommend reading about Nancy Wake.
The one good thing that comes from war seems to be the togetherness that comes from fighting a common enemy and being in the same situation of danger. We saw a similar thing during the pandemic lockdowns. Ruth Goodman does some great shows on farming in wartime Britain, and these talk about the increasing privations that brought the community together.
Part of a very Australian tradition is the ANZAC biscuit. Possibly sent off to the boys on the front, but certainly used to fundraise for the war effort, these robust biscuits were a taste of home, and would have been baked with love and perhaps a few tears. The ingredients would have been in every pantry. Enjoy them with a cup of tea and bless those that gave their all for their loved ones and country.
1 tablespn golden syrup
2 tablespn boiling water
1 ½ teaspn bicarbonate of soda
1 cup rolled oats
¾ cup coconut
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
preheat oven to 150C
melt butter and syrup together
place flour, sugar, coconut and oats in a large bowl, and mix well
mix boiling water and bicarbonate of soda seperately
add soda to golden syrup and butter mixture, stir gently, it will froth up
add this to dry ingredients, and mix well
drop on baking trays in golf ball sized drops, allowing 3 cm around each biscuit for spreading
bake for 20 minutes, until golden, let cool on wire rack.
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I love Australia and have quite a few friends there whom i hold close in my heart. I was able to visit there a while back and look forward to a return trip one day.
Thinking of you and your country peoples on this day.
Thanks for a great reminder.
Thank you for posting about this. I want to try the biscuits. I have read books on women taking the place of men in World War I on the farms in England. Off subject slightly? Did you ever read Rilla of Ingleside by LM Montgomery. It’s my favorite World War I book.
Oddly enough today I am going to be on the today show in Australia. I’m heading to the studio in an hour. I gather when I record it will actually be Tuesday morning in New Zealand although it is Monday afternoon here.