As we approach Anzac Day (April 25), I check my larder for supplies of rolled oats and golden syrup - to be certain that I have enough to bake at least one, if not two, batches of my Anzac Biscuits.
'More?!' asked my neighbour the fireman, smiling and eyes wide at the sight of me standing on his doorstep with a large punnet of freshly-picked, home grown strawberries. 'I'm afraid so,' I replied. 'Do you think you can manage to eat them?' We won't have any problems with that,' he laughed. 'I'll get the strawberry fairy onto them.'
'The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a woman's heart.'
South Australian journalist, rural storyteller and writer, Liz Harfull, says she has what is possibly one of the best jobs in the world. Indeed, I feel more than a little envious when I learn that she has spent the last four years travelling around, visiting several of Australia's country and royal shows.
'Who dat?,' Peter called out playfully as he opened the front door. Hearing giggles, he knew it would be our neighbour's children back for a another helping of my freshly-baked triple chocolate chip cookies. I had made a double batch and, judging by the delicious aromas wafting from my kitchen, and the look on the little ones' faces, they were really good.
What's your favourite biscuit, if you have one? I have always adored biscotti (a.k.a. cantuccini), with pistachio and cranberry being my number one pick of flavours. Some of the store-bought varieties are so amazingly firm that they can only be eaten if first dunked in tea or coffee, hence I prefer to bake my own. Although, having said that, whenever I can find Mother Meg's brand locally, I will pick up a pack or two, as they are delicious little morsels.
Honey ANZAC Biscuits
Allow me please to introduce the lovely Carmen Brown, a.k.a Honey Delight. Carmen and I first met at the Capital Region Farmer's Market in August last year; and Peter and I have been enjoying her honey ever since.
Carmen is a third generation beekeeper, with an extensive farming heritage. Originally from north west NSW, Carmen's family were among the first farming settlers in the area. Carmen’s grandfather diversified into beekeeping in the 1920’s and the family continue the beekeeping tradition he started all those years ago. The family has over 3000 hives throughout NSW and southern QLD. Carmen’s interest in beekeeping has been lifelong and she and her husband, Todd, have hives in the Canberra area. You will find them and their honey at the Honey Delight stall at Canberra's Capital Region Farmer's Markets at EPIC every Saturday morning.
In this Good Things guest post, Carmen shares with us a yummy recipe for her family's award winning Honey ANZAC biscuits. The images are copyright and courtesy of Carmen and Todd Brown. Spend more time with Carmen at the Honey Delight web site. Now, over to you, Carmen...
When my children were little, I was conscious of feeding them as nutritiously as possible. Snacks comprised plates of sliced fresh fruit and sultanas or carrot sticks; and the only biscuits in the house were reasonably low in sugar and fat, and baked by me at home. Chocolate was a treat, or 'sometimes food', rather than a daily given. These days, my son and daughter comment on how much they enjoyed morning and afternoon teatime when they were small.
With my Hungarian, Czech and German background, spicy treacle or honey cakes, such as gingerbread, are a favourite. Peter and I have been taste testing gingerbread biscuits from various market stalls and bakeries recently and we have found that they are either bland or brilliant in flavour, depending on the combination of spices and the recipe used. Quality and freshness of the spices is essential, and I believe it is much better if you freshly grind the spices immediately before use
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