ANZAC dawn services was when my Dad would come alive, he was a very introverted man who didn’t give much away but on days like ANZAC day his barrel chest was puffed with pride, his eyes glistened, he was handsome in his full dress uniform and he enjoyed a laugh with his mates.
I spent my childhood living on Army bases, Friday nights at the officers ‘mess hall’ eating packets of crisps (that’s what my Dad called chips) and running around under the bright lights of the tennis courts chasing cane toads.
Yes, I’m what we call ‘an Army brat’…the child of an Australian Army serviceman, oh and if you didn't guess from the cane toads I'm also a Queenslander.
What ANZAC day looked like for me
As kids we always attended the ANZAC dawn service, they were filled with military pomp and ceremony but also quite eerie and moving.
Dad would shine his black dress shoes to a mirror finish and starch his military dress uniform so that his collar was stiff and creases sharp. Then, he would steam his slouch hat, a hat he proudly wore for a country he wasn’t born into. The Brasso would come out and he’d buff his medals for what seemed like hours.
After the ceremony the kids would play in the morning light and thern home again for a cooked brekky. This year we will head to the end of our driveway and honour our ANZACS with a minute silence, it's the least I can do to pay my respects to soldiers fallen for our country.
Get your bake on
ANZAC day is a special day indeed. Dad is no longer with us but I make this ANZAC slice every year and think of him. Enjoy x
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup shredded/dessicated coconut
150g chopped butter
2 tbspn golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tspn bicarbonate of soda
2 tbspb boiling water
Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.
In a saucepan over heat, melt butter and syrup.
Add vanilla to butter and syrup.
In a small bowl add hot water and bicarb and stir to dissolve.
Add to butter/syrup mix, stir as it froths.
Transfer to dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Press into lined slice tray using the back of a spoon.
Bake for 25-30 min until golden. Cool in pan. Remove, slice and serve. TIP, I also like to grab a sprig of rosemary and brush it back and forth over the slice when it comes out of the oven.