April the 25th is Anzac Day in Australia and is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
The army biscuit, also known as an ANZAC wafer or ANZAC tile, is essentially a long shelf-life, hard tack biscuit, eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard. Some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat as porridge. The recipe has many adaptations today including adding cashews, wattleseeds, lemon myrtle or choc chips. I like this recipe that makes them quite chewy…since I’ve made them I can’t stop eating them they have a lovely flavour with the golden syrup.
On the Easter weekend we had a stall at Camberwell Market..one of those carpark markets you rent a
stall at to sell your unwanted clothes and odds and ends. There were several stalls there selling flowers and I noticed throughout the morning these Dahlias were the first to go at each of them. They had bunches in the most beautiful colours…dark pink, red, yellow and as you can see I picked up a bunch of pink ones for $5 which I thought was so cheap.
To celebrate Spring in the northern hemisphere I thought I’d make some pretty cupcakes. These ones
are raspberry with rosewater & coconut icing (frosting).
They are so easy to make, I hope you’ll give them a go.
Raspberry Cupcakes with Rosewater & Coconut Icing
125g unsalted butter, 125g caster sugar, 2 large eggs,
Put all ingredients except for the milk and raspberries in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Pulse while adding milk down the funnel for a soft dropping consistency. Place patty pans in cupcake tray, you can spread the mixture across a dozen patty pans but if you want bigger ones like in my photos spread it across nine. Push some raspberries into each lot of mixture.
Place tray in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until cooked and golden on top (mine took 20 minutes).
Cut butter into cubes and beat with sifted icing sugar in electric mixer for five minutes, give it a stir & scrape down half way through. Then add a couple of drops of rosewater to taste and a tablespoon or two of milk (you want a spreading consistency) and beat for another minute
Ice cupcakes when cool and roll in coconut, top with a raspberry.
Recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson, How To Be A Domestic Goddess
Last week my brother invited me to meet him on his lunchbreak. He took me to this really different place called The Johnston Street Milk Bar (274 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Australia). It’s not actually a Milk Bar (in Australia we call our local shop which sells the newspaper, milk, bread, lollies (candy), potato chips etc. the Milk Bar). It was a Cafe..very laid back..the food was delicious, pizzas, sandwiches, a big tray of quiche on the counter. Out the back they had a bar, a dartboard and bands play there during the week. The cafe had all sorts of nick nacks, a collection of interesting books on the shelves and an art gallery attached. It’s run by two guys on their own but the place has become so popular they need to recruit some staff as they physically can’t do it all.
I knew my husband would love this place, so took him there for lunch the next day. We had a relaxing Saturday afternoon lunch hanging in the back courtyard and finished off inside with coffee and doughnuts wandering around looking at everything and chatted to the guys. I couldn’t stop snapping pics. The pizza’s all had interesting names like the ‘Hail Satan’ pizza, as hot as we can get it (comes with a glass of milk). This is the one my husband chose and I couldn’t believe he actually ate the whole thing, mind you with watery eyes at the end of it. I wouldn’t have been able to lick this pizza let alone eat a whole one with three different types of chilli’s, raw garlic and some secret hot ingredients they wouldn’t divulge.
Anyway they say a picture says a thousand words..so please enjoy my photo diary of our visit…
I hope you all have a happy easter and thank you for reading my blog..I appreciate every one of my readers and hope that you come away with some inspiration for your creative life.