This past week reminded me of how much I love Australia. Not in a stupidly patriotic kind of way… I’m just completely gobsmacked by the beauty that is hidden away from major cities and highways.
I struggled with the lack of phone signal, and cursed Google maps when it couldn’t locate us on a map when we were hopelessly lost, but I loved that aspect of the trip as well. I know that I’m glued to my phone far too much, but this trip made me appreciate that there is value to be found in doing nothing and simply being, staying still and watching.
Don’t think I didn’t grab every opportunity to document my trip on Instagram though!
The Boy and I flew to Cairns with his parents, who are visiting from West Yorkshire. I expected to be impressed by Cairns, but it still surprised me – rainforests, ocean, waterfalls, reef systems, crops and mountains – Cairns has a little bit of every terrain you could ask for.
The snap decision on Friday morning, however, to cancel our flight home and drive the thirty hours down the east coast instead was an eye opener. I’ve seen plenty of Australia – between annual family holidays and road trips with friends, I feel as though I have seen lots of my side of Australia – but I am humbled each time by the ever-changing landscapes of this country. We saw roads so straight that mirages shimmered in front of us, trying to trick our eyes; plains so flat that we watched storm cells play out in front of us, as if on a stage; wildlife so uninterested in our presence that we felt we had intruded; and country towns of varying sizes and courtesy to newcomers.
I drove parts of this landscape (and had conniptions on two separate occasions when a kangaroo jumped in front of the car!) and felt the urge to share this swell of pride in a way that I hadn’t imagined I would.
It works out conveniently that Australia Day is coming up and I can get away with this blatant Australia-loving session for a little longer.
This recipe is one of my father’s, and it’s a good one! Anzac biscuits were a once-a-year affair when I was younger… now that I bake on my own, I can bake them whenever I want! The Boy had never had an Anzac biscuit before he met me, but now he adores them! His grandma had never heard of them before either, and calls them Aztec biscuits, which I love.
All of these things that I associate with this recipe make them taste that little bit more delicious when they’re fresh out of the oven!
- 1 cup oats
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 cups plain flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 125g butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- 1 tsp bicarb
Line a baking tray and preheat your oven to 160°.
Mix together the oats, desiccated coconut and flour until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. Add in both the brown and white sugar and mix.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup over a low heat. While this is melting, put the boiling water and bicarb into a small glass and mix them.
When the butter and golden syrup are completely melted, pour the water and bicarb in and allow it to bubble up for 20 seconds, stirring as little as possible. You’ll notice that the mixture becomes much cloudier and may increase in size slightly – this is good. Remove from the heat and pour the liquid into the dry mixture. Mix until there are no dry pockets left, then spoon tablespoons of mixture onto your lined tray.
Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Cool them for a few minutes until they are slightly more stable, then transfer them onto a cooling tray.
I’ve updated this recipe – it’s only slightly different, but the recipe is even better! See it here.