ANZAC Day biscuits on ANZAC Day

Today is a special day here.  We commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April each year with ceremonies, marches, laying of wreaths, special prayers, tributes and most importantly of all, we thank those who have fought to save our country. You can read more about the meaning of ANZAC Day from the Australian War memorial site.

The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

I wrote this post in 2014 – ANZAC Day – and it tells you a little about our small town’s service on this special day. The 25 April is always declared as a Public Holiday. I also included the Ode in this post  – Half light as it’s a beautiful poem first and foremost, but it’s is also used at such services.

Anzac biscuits

We also make ANZAC biscuits.  These biscuits came into our history during WW1.  As they are made with oats, flour, coconut, golden syrup and no eggs are used, it gave them the ability to stay fresh for long periods of time. They were made by wives, mothers and girl friends and were packaged up to be sent off to ANZAC soldiers fighting overseas.

They are still a popular biscuit here  and everyone knows the story behind them. Some like them crunchy while others like them soft – they are easy to make and are delicious. If you’d like the recipe just drop me a comment.


ANZAC biscuits

Kokoda Track connection

This photo is one of my favourites from my time walking the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in 2008.  It is a photo of me and my husband at the Isurava Memorial in front of the plinth that read mateship.  There are 4 such granite plinths,  carved in stone to express what the Kokoda campaign stood for to Australians – courageendurance, mateship and sacrifice.


At the Isurava Memorial along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in 2008

We were fortunate to spend ANZAC Day 2008 in Isurava and participated in the very moving service. It is one ANZAC Day I will never forget!

Thanks to all those brave souls who have served, are currently serving and to those who will serve in the future. Lest we forget.

Deb x

PS: 1. On a lighter note I often joke that I could have picked any of these four words to describe marriage but I chose mateship  🙂





  One thought on “ANZAC Day biscuits on ANZAC Day

  1. April 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    LOL. Mateship was a good choice. I love ANZAC biscuits but I haven’t made any in ages. The cafe across the road from me advertised ANZAC muffins on their Instagram so I ran over there at lunchtime and grabbed one – so delicious!

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    • April 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Yummo!! I’ve eaten my fill lately. I’ve been confined to barracks with unidentified spots so have been busy cooking, reading, ironing, running and blogging. Great fun!

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  2. April 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for this Deb. It explained why there is an Aussie flag flying at someone’s house in town today.
    I’ll have to try baking Anzac biscuits although I’m not too keen on the coconut. Could substitute something else in I suppose! xx

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    • April 26, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Yes it is always a special day regardless of where we are. My daughter in Cheddar would be remembering despite it being a work day there. Not sure what you could replace the coconut with.


      • April 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

        Bizarre! We drove through Cheddar yesterday😀

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        • April 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

          It’s such a beautiful spot, especially with my eldest living there 🙂 How bizarre!


          • April 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

            I agree it is beautiful in the Mendips but sadly the Gorge was full of grokels yesterday so we just passed through. We used to go there a lot as children – it hasn’t changed much over the years. Now I really must go to sleep at its 01.19 here!! x

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  3. April 26, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I always forget about Anzac Day until I see a post about it 😦 I could use a biscuit though 🙂

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  4. April 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

    i knew I forgot something yesterday – the biscuits. Will have to make some during the week. Coming back to this post for a second look. I like the comment at the end.

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    • April 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Louise, it helped lighten the mood a bit!


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