12 August 2011

Visiting the Outback...

Sometime it seems the little things strikes you the most! In this case visiting 'Outback' blog posts yielded a name I had never heard before... and all because of a recipe!


So for a bit of History for those of us who did not know...

'When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for 13 years.

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers became part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. But when the Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, they met fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. Sadly, by the end of 1915, over 8000 soldiers had given their life for freedom.

News of the landing on Gallipoli  made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.
The “ANZAC legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who had died during the First World War.
Since then, the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved.

Ceremonies of remembrance includes a reading of an appropriate poem not unlike 'In Flanders Fields'.
One traditional recitation on ANZAC Day is the Ode, the fourth stanza of a poem by Laurence Binyon (1869–1943) called 'For the Fallen'.

Here are a few lines...

'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.'

Always remembered, Never forgotten!

As I tried to find out about 'Anzac Day' I noticed the poppies and since it is a favourite of mine, the rest is...history!

Thank you Tania at Outback! Your post was indeed very special! I immediately baked the cake to the dismay of our ex RAF flyboy...Golden syrup is hard to come here by but we still had a couple of bottles...(and he agreed the cake was deicious!)

Blessings to all,


  1. A lovely post!

    I am glad you enjoyed the Anzac cake as much as we have. I have always made Anzac biscuits (cookies) and slice but this is the first time I have heard about the cake. ANZAC Day is a special day for all Australians :)

    I think you could use treacle too instead of golden syrup, if you have that readily available.

    Have a wonderful day...oh and I am your newest follower :)


  2. Treacle? (Too funny, the ex RAF boy fly just fainted! We have only one tin left and it is even harder to find here)...
    Anzac biscuits sounds delicious. Recipe for another day perhaps?
    A big hello from the Pacific NorthWest Coast!


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