Posts Tagged With: ANZAC biscuit

July 21st 2011

Well it’s back to loads of rain and pretty chilly weather… good for the garden & all the seedlings that Ligia has planted over the holidays – we’ll be cooking up a storm (excuse the awful pun) in no time!

And welcome to Ligia, it’s great to have her here, stepping in just in the nick of time to get our veggies happening by springtime – please stop by and say hi: she is a goldmine of info on sustainability, horticulture and all things Brazilian too!

So we’ve got some lovely silverbeet growing that we’ll be planning a silverbeet pie-fest with; I’m besotted with the beautiful marjoram at the moment so am planning some pasta in the kitchen again next week as it was so much fun last time, thinking perhaps marjoram and fontina  ravioli this time? Mmmm… Will be checking out our olives later today too so see whether they’re up for inclusion in some olive bread we’ll make to have with our ever popular soup recipe, and we’ll also  be taking full advantage of the parsley invasion and get chopping with some bone-cuddling and blood-warming parsley soup. And to finish, if we get time we’ll also pop in a few of Ava’s orange Anzacs that I’ve been playing around with these school holidays!

Regarding recipes up on the blog: please bear with us while we get it all sorted! Hopefully l won’t be too far away… In the meantime if you need recipes for anything (silverbeet soup, upside-down orange cake etc) drop me in your email address & I’ll send them on.

VOLUNTEERS!!! We still desperately need mummies, daddies, grannies, granddads, next-door neighbours, godparents etc to help us in our kitchen and garden classes! It’s only an hour and a half of your time a week and I can promise it will be fun-filled, exhilarating and not at all stressful (!) and you get full instructions – and the best thing is that you get to sit down with your (or someone else’s charming) kid at the end and enjoy what you’ve all cooked together! Most desperate:

Wed 11am session

Thursday 9am session

Thursday 1.30pm session

But we can always do with another hand or two in the other sessions!

We’re here Tuesday to Thursday, please drop in to the cottage and let us know if you can help…

Also Ligia would LOVE a couple of hunky blokes (or chicks) to move some heavy stuff in the garden in the next few weeks.

 That’s all for now folks. Keep warm! Melissa

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Sunday: cooking with four-year-old Ava

A cup of Earl Grey and an Anzac biscuit, perfect

It’s a beautiful sunny day out there but there’s a frrrrreezing cold wind… Steve has sneaked away for forty winks and Olly has finally gone down too. Ava not so! She’s bouncing off the walls after allowing me to while away some time on the laptop. Now she wants action! How to amuse her quietly and let the others have their siestas? Let’s bake biscuits!

Ava rolls Anzac biscuits

Whilst it’s not Anzac Day here (not even close – 25th April?) I never need an excuse to make Anzac biscuits. And un-Australian as it may be – apologies to those purists out there – we add some orange zest. Because we’ve some fantastic oranges in the fruit bowl and we feel like it.

Ava is funny, she keeps bending down to hide her head under the table: she’s sneaking bits of raw oat & flour mixture and doesn’t want me to see… I tell her that the more she leaves now, the more biscuits we get to eat later but I think she likes the game of subterfuge… She loves rolling the little spheres of goo in her hands and asks me every time if the ball’s the right size. She lines them up neatly to one side of the baking tray, all rubbing together, and doesn’t really understand that they’ll all spread. They’re all different sizes, but I tell her that’s ok: some will be chewy and some crispy, but all will be delicious!

The smell of the orange zest wafts out of the oven mingling with the toasty biscuit/ Golden Syrup yumminess, mmmmm.

Best thing about these bikkies? They only take 15 minutes or so to cook! Just enough time to clean up and pop the kettle on.

Anzac biscuits done!

Ava’s Orange Anzac Biscuits

 1 cup rolled oats

1 cup plain flour

1 cup raw sugar (or white, or half brown, half white)

¾ cup desiccated coconut

125g butter

2 tablespoons golden syrup

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 tablespoon boiling water

1 orange

 Preheat oven to 150°C.

 Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup over a gently heat. Mix the bicarb soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture and add this to the dry ingredients. Finely zest the orange and add the zest to the mixture. Stir until combined.

 Take a teaspoonful of mixture at a time and roll into small balls. Place these on a lightly greased oven tray and allow room to spread. Cook for about 15 -20 mins, until lovely and golden. Allow to cool on the trays and then eat!

Makes about 30. Try not to eat all in one setting like we did.

Proof of the Anzac is in the eating...

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