ANZAC Buscuits for ANZAC Day

We thought we would share this recipe with you. We intend to celebrate this important day in Australian history with a batch of these wonderful biscuits.

ANZAC BISCUITS

Ingredients

Preheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
    • 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup caster sugar
    • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
    • 2 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
    • 150g unsalted butter, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Place the flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.
    2. In a small saucepan place the golden syrup and butter and stir over low heat until the butter has fully melted.
    3. Mix the bicarb soda with 1 1/2 tablespoons water and add to the golden syrup mixture. It will bubble whilst you are stirring together so remove from the heat.
    4. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix together until fully combined.
    5. Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on baking trays lined with non stick baking paper, pressing down on the tops to flatten slightly.
    6. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
    7. When cool, eat and enjoy!

    Homemade Lemonade – Including Recipe

    Well today as part of the children’s learning we did our usual chores followed by bookwork and cooking. However we decided to try our hand at making some homemade lemonade as a treat. This proved to be a great success and we enjoyed the experience immensely.

    Here is the recipe

    Homemade Lemonade

    Ingredients

    1  cup of caster sugar,

    1 cup of lemon juice – freshly squeezed

    3 cups of mineral water (you can use soda water if you choose as an alternative)

    Method:

    Place the caster sugar and water into a saucepan.

    Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves into the water.

    Allow to cool slightly then stir in the cup of lemon juice and leave to cool completely.

    Makes: 1.25 litres of Homemade Lemonade.

    Once the sugar, water and lemon juice syrup is completely cooled place into a jug or drink bottle, add 3 cups of mineral water, and chill in refrigerator.

    Once chilled serve in glasses garnished with ice cubes and strawberries if desired!

    Note: The children found this drink to be a lot of fun to create and they enjoyed garnishing it also. However we found that the lemon flavour was quite strong, so feel free if you try this recipe to either decrease the amount of lemon juice you put in, or increase the amount of mineral water you use.

    Playdough, reading and work, make for an interesting day!

    Today the girls and I spent a lot of time doing school work. JAHG worked on her book all about safety and healthy habits. This was a great educational activity book as it got us talking about healthy habits, such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, exercising and eating healthy foods. the book contained great information as well as activities to keep JAHG interested and actively engaged in her learning.

    After JAHG had finished her lesson and safety and healthy habits, she decided to make some non cook Playdough for her and NIK to play with. As I did not have a recipe to make this JAHG found one herself using Google to search the internet and found the recipe below at a site called Best Recipes

    NO COOK PLAY DOUGH

    Preparation time:

    15 minutes or less

    This easy play dough recipe requires no cooking and can be made by kids.

    Ingredients

    2 cups plain flour
    1 cup salt
    1 tablespoon cooking oil
    1 cup cold water
    2 drops food colouring

    Method

    1. Combine plain flour and salt
    2. Add water, food colouring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
    3. Knead well.
    4. If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.

    Recipe notes

    This is a quick and easy to make recipe for play dough that my 8 year old can make himself to play with his little sister.

    JAHG had fun making the playdough all on her own and it was a huge success with her Little Sister. The girls played with it for hours. First they made pancakes and other food items to share with each other from the dough, then a little later NIK got a bit more adventurous and made a mustache for herself. She looked so cute. JAHG would call her Misur man! and NIK would smile and pretend to be a man changing her voice to suit the character along the way. they also listened to Christmas songs for most of the afternoon, singing along to frosty the snowman and other Christmas carols.

    When the girls had finished playing with the playdough, they helped me clean up the mess and then JAHG read a book to me. Last week, she had borrowed 7 books from the library and we had also ordered some online, which JAHG has received emails saying they are now ready to be picked up, so she has been busy reading her library books, ready for us to exchange them tomorrow when we go to the Library for the ones waiting for her. She has read each book she has picked to bring home, which is great. She is such a great reader, but the best thing is she really enjoys reading, which makes learning so much easier.

    NIK has also developed a love of books, she also picks up some books from the library and we come home and read them together. today we read all her library books together again for about the 25th time this week. She has one in particular called “I’m not cute!” It is a simple yet catchy book about a small bird who does not want to be called cute. We have read this book so many times over the last few days that NIK can read it herself almost to us, she loves changing the pages and reading  things like ‘I’m not cute!’ or ‘I love you mumma birdy’ which is just so cute, every time she reads, I’m not cute, I just want to cuddle her all up and say yes you are!

    Not sure what else we got up to today, It is hard to recall everything as we usually do so many things in a day. Before bed however, the Girls and I watched a movie together, as we had read in the day to each other and they really enjoy that time together of an evening, so tonight instead of reading some more we watched High school musical. the music was very catchy and the girls at times sang along to the songs or danced to the beat. A lot of fun was had by all.

    That time of year again…

    Well, here we are heading into that time of year again. Each year it just seems to get sooner and sooner. I am not sure if it is because I am getting older and older each year, or because the shops just keep commercialising everything, as soon as Father’s day is over, the Christmas decorations etc all seem to make their way into the shops!

    It’s incredible and absolutely amazing, I recall when I was growing up the festive season started in December each year. This was the day you put your Christmas tree up and decorated it. Well with things the way they are at the moment with financial issues and money being so tight we have decided that we are going back to basics, the things we actually loved about Christmas and making it a wonderful experience were we make a lot of the foods from scratch, bring in opportunities for us to enjoy doing activities together as well as making Christmas decorations and presents as well.

    The emphasis is all back on the experience and giving rather than receiving. This has to make our Children and us better people as time goes by, and also help to create a nicer Christmas atmosphere for all. So our Christmas 2008 season begins with us researching our traditions, Both British / Australian ones and the Polish Christmas traditions. Our aim is to find a way to mesh them both together to create the ‘Gołąb Family Christmas Experience’, which we can begin this year (Rather than having a more Polish or British Christmas experience on alternative years) and hopefully carry on into the future.

    Firstly I think Christmas will begin with traditional foods added to the Christmas table. We are in the process of collecting traditional recipes from our earlier Christmas experiences and trying to find a way to create the perfect Christmas day meal with a blend of both cultures added and not a lot of waste or double up of foods available. Once we have a list of traditional British / Australian recipes and Polish we will work our which ones we will continue to move forward with. Maybe we will choose to keep them all just in smaller quantities! We are also looking at devising a Christmas Menu of foods to be eaten over the Christmas Eve,  Christmas Day times. Polish traditions say we have no meat on Christmas eve. only Fish (traditionally carp). Most of us don’t eat carp, so i think we will stick with the no meat rule, but leave the carp out.

    Secondly we will be celebrating Christmas eve and Christmas day with equal emphasis, Something we usually don’t do it’s either Christmas eve one year and Christmas day the next.

    So the fun begins, over the next few weeks leading up to December we will be busy making Christmas presents and decorations and refining how we will experience our Christmas 2008 in a blend of Cultural ways.