April 25th is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) at Gallipoli in 1915. Over 7000 New Zealand soldiers were wounded at Gallipoli and 2721 were killed. The Australian army also suffered heavy casualties: 26,111 were injured and 8,141 were killed.
The first Anzac Day took place on 25 April 1916. As time went on, the ceremony of remembrance was extended to the soldiers of the Second World War. It now honours all New Zealanders and Australians who have served in a military campaign. Source: TKI Hot Topics
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Baking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup dessicated coconut
- 125g butter
- 1 to 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven at 180°C.
[Where a variable quantity is indicated, this depends on the type of consistency required.]
Combine the oats, flour, sugar and coconut in a bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces, place with the golden syrup and vanilla essence in a saucepan and melt together, stirring. Then remove from heat.
Combine bicarbonate of soda with 2 tablespoons of water and blend in with the syrup and butter mixture. Gradually mix in with dry ingredients, until you have a consistent texture,, and drop teaspoons of the mixture on a greased oven tray or tray lined with oven paper.
Bake in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool….then enjoy with a cup of tea!