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Anzac Biscuits from my Kitchen

September 25, 2007

Here’s a domestic Christchurch pic today, which covers the process of baking Anzac biscuits (made in my kitchen at home in Christchurch). It’s not Anzac Day (April 25th) but any day is a good day to bake Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac biscuits are delicious and very popular Australasian biscuits (that’s cookies for the Americans) that were apparently based on a Scottish Oatmeal Biscuit. I always make mine with Coconut and throw in some sultanas and dried fruit – which makes them extra yummy.

I make my Anzac Biscuits from the Edmonds Cookbook recipe (shown in the photo below). As you might be able to guess, my Edmonds book is covered in baking splodges (and a few notes)!

I think one top secret to making a really good Anzac biscuit, is to make sure that the golden syrup and butter mixture is quite hot when you add the baking soda so it’s really frothy.

Syrup and Soda mixed together – nice and frothy

Next step is folding the frothy syrup mixture into the dried ingredients.

The mixture is quite wet and roll into balls really easy. Then just press them down a little (but not too much). Bake for about 15 minutes depending on how hot your oven is. I take mine out when they spring back from the touch – they are usually still quite soft but harden up once cold.

Hungry yet? This was the final product and I made three dozen. I’m taking them into one of my client’s offices for an afternoon treat, though I had to taste test a couple, just to make sure they were up to my high standard!

And, here’s the recipe I used – from the Edmonds Cookery Book. By the way, you can buy the cookery book online from Whitcoulls a New Zealand book store.

Oh, and if you have a crack at making them, leave me a comment about how it went!

125g flour
1 cup coconut
100g butter
1/2 teaspoon Bicarb of Soda
150g sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons boiling water
  1. Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats. Melt butter and golden syrup.
  2. Dissolve Bicarb soda in the boiling water and add to the butter and golden syrup.
  3. Make a well in the centre of flour, stir in the liquid.
  4. Place in spoonfuls on a greased tray.
  5. Bake 15-20 mins at 180 degrees Celsius.


Santorini Greek Restaurant Mural

September 24, 2007


This is the mural on the wall of the Santorini Restaurant. Santorini is located on the corner of Gloucester St & Cambridge Tce, in Christchurch. I have not dined there in a long time, but a good night can be guaranteed as there will always be Ouzo and much dancing! Find out more at


Model Yachts – Victoria Waters – Hagley Park

September 23, 2007



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Polly the Performing Dog

September 22, 2007

I’m often at the Arts Centre and stop to watch Polly do her tricks.


She’s an adorable border-collie cross that was found by her owner Rex at the local Dog Pound. Her tricks include jumping through a hoop, riding the scooter, rolling over, and I was most impressed with Polly balancing the dog biscuit on her nose (which on command she then threw into the air and caught with her mouth). At the end of the act Polly picks up all the coins left for her and puts them in the hat.



Canterbury Club Mural – Worcester Street Building

September 21, 2007


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