On Saturday April 25th 2015 I attended my first ever Dawn Service for Anzac Day. Although I am not a born and bred Australian, I do consider myself an almost true blue Australian. I say almost as I still don’t like Vegemite or sausage rolls, but I have such pride in what, not only the Anzacs but all Australian armed forces have done to give us the freedom to live the life we love so much.
If not for those strong and brave men (and women) fighting for this country I may never have been able to migrate here and become the proud Australian I am today. And this day, April 25th 2015, was a day I will always remember. The weather was almost warm for this time of year, it was quiet and still but my partner and I had no trouble rising in the dark and heading out for the lovely walk to the Hobart Cenotaph.
It was fantastic to see so many families and young children there as it is up to us to make sure this history and the future history of Australia remains in the minds of all Australians, young and old.
So what better way to celebrate than by attending the dawn service and chowing down on some great Anzac Biscuits and a hot cup of tea. It brings a tear to my eyes and a smile to my face.
I really can’t remember my first taste of the Anzac biscuit but I do remember all the discussions at work as to what was the best. For many years Australians have been enjoying a good Anzac Biscuit but there seems to be much controversy over whether they should be crispy or chewy. I myself like them crispy but either way, they are yummy.
There is more though to the great Anzac biscuits than just crispy or chewy and again there is much controversy over where they originated from. I did a bit of research on line and came across many articles each with their own story of the great Anzac Biscuit. But to this day there seems to be no real answer to the question of where and how they originated.
Was it Australia or New Zealand that first came up with the idea and recipe, was it sent over to our Anzacs because it wouldn’t spoil, was it used at fetes to raise money for the war effort? Each tale has its own meaning but no matter what or where it came from all of us Aussies relate the biscuit to Anzac Day and our heroes.
We wills always debate whether it should be crispy or chewy and now I am going to throw a spanner in the works with my recipe where I have added cocoa to the mix. They taste great and I make them all year round. Why make something so good only once a year when we can have it all the time and with every bite we can remember our heroes and what they have done for us!