And one more!

Super quick, super easy, and very tasty!

Not very picturesque, but do trust me. Aromatic Noodles with Lime-Peanut Sauce. Tasty.

I did cut a corner and use frozen broccoli and sugar snap peas and I think it would have been fine, but I WAY overcooked them, so they are a bit mushy where they should be just barely cooked through. But it’s still pretty tasty.

I’m trying to save my energy for my next Sherlock Holmes post…

…so apologies if my wit is a bit lacking. Actually, I hope it IS lacking because if it’s not, that would mean that the rest of my blog has this same monotone quality to it that I’m hearing in my typing at the moment…

ANYWAY. Last week, April 25, to be exact, was ANZAC day. ANZAC stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps and, although April 25, 1915 was the day that Australian and New Zealand forces landed in Gallipoli, it has become a day of memorial for those who fought in both of the World Wars. (I’m paraphrasing from the Australian War Memorial website – feel free to pipe up and correct me if I’ve got something wrong.)

Needless to say, around the food blogosphere, there were lots of recipes popping up for ANZAC biscuits and, remembering how yummy they were when I’d had them while I was in Australia for our Reef to Rock tour, I decided to make my own, despite it being rather past April 25 and despite the fact that I am not, in fact, Australian.

So I asked Claire (who IS an Aussie and also bakes a lot) if she had a good recipe for them. Turns out she does! I had to make a few provisions for a couple of the ingredients not being readily available here in the States, but I think they turned out very nicely.

My picture didn’t turn out well, but trust me, they taste a LOT better than they look.

ANZAC Biscuits

Adapted from Women’s Weekly by Claire

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup caster sugar [I think caster sugar is actually somewhere between granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar (superfine?), but I just used regular granulated and it seems to have worked]
¾ cup desiccated coconut [I just used regular, sweetened coconut flakes because that’s all the market had]
125g butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup [It’s not easy to find golden syrup in this country, so Claire suggested a ration of  2 parts corn syrup to 1 part molasses, but I couldn’t be bothered doing that complicated of math, so I used 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup and 1/2 tablespoon of molasses]
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon boiling water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut. In a saucepan combine butter and golden syrup and stir over a gentle heat until melted. Mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, and then stir into dry ingredients. Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on a lightly greased baking sheet, allowing room for spreading.

There are 2 types of Anzacs – crunchy and chewy. Depending on which you prefer, you need to alter the cooking time. Maybe take a tray out at 15 minutes and then some at 20 and see which you prefer. [They had to bake a lot longer than I was expecting even for chewy ones – I think the total came to be about 30 minutes or so, but just keep an eye on them and you’ll be all right. I actually only baked off the two you see there and put the rest, already scooped out, in the freezer. I baked two more of them today and it seems to have gone well!]

And enjoy!

Another book to add to my list…

Well, it’s May and even though it’s technically still spring, you know what it means! The start of the Summer Blockbusters! I was going to wait until next weekend (okay, how lame is it that we have to wait while practically the rest of the world got to see it this weekend?!) and kick things off with Iron Man 2, but my boredom got the better of me and I saw…

By now probably everyone is aware that it’s not the goofy, teenage superhero movie that its previews originally made it out to be (though, admittedly, its red-band trailer did a pretty good job of dispelling that myth). What it is, instead, is a really good movie!

I’m having a bit of blogger’s ennui at the moment, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. You should go see it. Keep in mind that it IS pretty violent, but that’s not really all it’s about.

IT BEGINS! Summer blockbuster tally = 1-0-0