Monday, January 26, 2009

Australia Day Jan 26th

Have an ANZAC biscuit - its Australia Day.


  1. Enlighten me: ANZAC. I'm guessing the first three letters stand for Australia and New Zealand. The A and C?

    Is that biscuit a stack of oatmeal cookies? Looks sweet and chewy.

  2. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.[1] The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand.[2]

    When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a Federal Commonwealth for only thirteen years. In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula, under a plan by Winston Churchill to open the way to the Black Sea for the Allied navies. The objective was to capture Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold strike to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stale-mate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915, the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand soldiers died. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians and New Zealanders at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which they remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
    (From wikipedia)

    Anzac bikkies are a variation on oatmeal cookies. They have golden syrup in them.

  3. if my post had succeeded it would have included this description of ANZaC biscuits.

    n Aussie favourite, ANZAC biscuits (cookies) are easy to make and very economical. The origin of the biscuit is around 1915 during World War I when wives, girlfriends, mothers and children would bake the biscuits and send them in food parcels to the Australian troops overseas. At first the biscuits were called the Soldiers' Biscuits. However, after the now famous landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed for those brave fighting men, the ANZACS (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps).

    "A lot of thought went into creating the ANZAC biscuit. Packages weren't refrigerated during the voyage across the ocean so any food sent needed to remain edible for long periods of time. The families also wanted to send something nutritious, and so the ANZAC biscuit was born."


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