Travelling through Turkey was amazing, I would definitely recommend it as a holiday destination. Our trip took us from Fethiye in the South, following the coastline North to Istanbul and Gallipoli. We did a fantastic tour to Gallipoli run by TJ’s tours, and he was brilliant! Be sure to look him up if you’re thinking about travelling to Gallipoli. The tour of Gallipoli really opened your eyes to what those soldiers faced when they arrived at ANZAC Cove. The sheer cliffs making it virtually impossible and a sure death sentence. It became apparent why so many came to the fate they did. The shores of Turkey are beautiful around this area, with crystal clear waters. It’s hard to believe such a tragedy happened right where we stood. I feel honoured though to have been able to visit Gallipoli and pay tribute to our soldiers who fought for us and be able to sign the guest book at the Lone Pine Cemetery with my tributes. Not only did we visit the memorials of the ANZAC’s, but also those of the Turkish and learnt how the enemy actually became friends while in those trenches. We also visited the memorial with the touching words from the Turkish First President Ataturk.
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours … You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well
If you ever get the chance make sure that you too get to visit Gallipoli, it really is an amazing experience. And if you can’t, be sure to make it to an ANZAC day service this year, the Melbourne dawn service is fantastic.
This version of ANZAC biscuits is not traditional however so those of us who are ‘fructose challenged’ can enjoy them too, I have modified a family recipe. The original concept of the ANZAC biscuit was to create a biscuit that would not be stale by the time it reached our soldiers, with cargo travelling by ship this was often a very slow process. So the women back home created the biscuit, noticeably without egg as a binding agent that is so commonly used to ensure the freshness. I have greatly reduced the sugar and you could easily substitute the golden syrup for rice malt syrup of you wanted to cut it down even further. You will find the mixture fairly oily when rolling into balls however this helps to create a deliciously chewy biscuit!
Makes 25 Biscuits
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup plain wholemeal spelt flour
1/2 cup SR wholemeal spelt flour
1/4 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
2 tbsp boiling water
125g coconut oil
2 tbsp golden syrup or rice malt syrup
1. Preheat an oven to 160°C. Place in a mixing bowl the rolled oats, both flours, sugar and coconut.
2. Dissolve the bi-carb soda in the boiling water and place aside.
3. In a small pot melt the coconut oil together with the golden syrup or rice malt syrup and bring just to boiling point. Once at boiling point add the bi-carb soda mixture and remove from the heat, stirring to combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well to combine. Roll into small balls and place onto a baking tray. You can flatten the balls slightly if you like crunchier biscuits or leave in a ball for a chewy biscuit.
5. Bake for 14 minutes until golden brown.