Sunday, April 25, 2010

The absolute best biscuits ever! ... not lc

I have ALWAYS wondered about this. Now I have a history :)
Not lc though, I even tried to find/make an lc version some years ago but without success.

The Anzac (biscuit) story

By Rebecca Davies
23 April 2010

It's Anzac Day this Sunday, so here's the story of how these tasty treats actually came about.

The past…
Anzac biscuits have always been associated with Australian and New Zealand soldiers in World War I. Legend says that the wives, mothers and girlfriends left at home were concerned that their fighting men were not getting food of any nutritional value, so they cooked up a recipe for treats that they would both enjoy and nutritionally benefit from.

Made from ingredients including rolled oats, coconut, flour and sugar, these biscuits were ideal to send to soldiers abroad because they kept well and would survive the long transit to the frontlines. At first, they were named "soldiers' biscuits", but were renamed Anzac biscuits upon landing in Gallipoli.

The present
Nowadays, Anzac biscuits are manufactured commercially and sold in supermarkets all year round. RSLs all over the country also regularly use them as a fundraising item to raise money for veteran soldiers. They have become worldwide fare and are apparently still issued to Canadian troops at Christmas time.

The recipe
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup desiccated coconut
125g butter
2 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Sift flour into a bowl and stir in oats, coconut and sugar. Melt butter, golden syrup and water in saucepan, then add bicarb. Stir into flour mixture. Place rounded teaspoons of mixture 5cm apart on greased baking trays and bake at 150°C for about 20 minutes or until biscuits feel almost firm. Remove from trays with spatula and leave to cool on wire racks.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

To tell the people around you, or not to tell

What are everybody's thoughts on telling people about your changing eating habits?

There are pros and cons for both, so how have you found which side you have chosen?

I've drawn up a few that spring to mind straight away... (click for the full image)

My mum is going through a few changes in her life (aka. menopause - what fun!) and with that she's started worrying about her weight for the first time ever (she doesn't have a weight problem) and is trying to be as tactful as possible about suggesting different foods I could eat that would be good.

I hurt my back a few weeks ago and it was terrible. I really feel for people that have chronic back pain. It would take 10mins just to get out of bed (and loads of frustration and swear words) and although not one person mentioned it, not even the osteo or Dr, I know that having a large tummy really contributes to back weakness. I'm using it as motivation to just make a change and be happy about it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday 26 January 2010

Happy Australia Day everyone!!!

I haven't joined IBO like I said I might, I've decided to wait until summer finishes before I embark on a heavy exercise regime. Until then, I'll just concentrate on getting the food right :)

How is everyone's day going? Hope it's all fabulous!

EDIT: While I'm not especially a fan of the Number 1 in the Hottest 100, I LURVE number two!! Now that I know the actual title I will have to go out and buy it! :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday 4 January 2010

Hi all!

Well since Sureslim went belly-up about a month ago, I've been following my own plan but thinking about what to join next. The reason I joined Sureslim wasn't because I didn't know which eating plan to follow, it's because I wanted the face-to-face check in.

So, a compromise is that I'm reconsidering joining IdealBodies - remember me talking about it a few posts ago?

It's not quite a face-to-face checkin, but the only others like that that I can find are over $100 a week (sometimes including food) and IdealBodies, though still not cheap, still is cheaper. I've also just found out a long time online friend of mine followed their program for 18 weeks last year and is still following the plan well and easily without them, so that's excellent!

Anyway that's where I'm at right now. I'll decide within the next couple of days whether I'll join up or not. :)

Sooooooooooooo how is everyone else? I've already checked out Harry's and Vadim's blog, so I'm off to check out everyone else's now. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!