Anzac Biscuits and a Traveler's Homecoming
It is hard to believe that the end of August is upon us already, but it certainly is so, the cool, quiet Autumn tinged morning signaling summers slow leave-taking. Of course it's just visible around the edges of morning.There are still many evenings of watermelons, yellow plums, and exuberantly tropical cocktails in lightening bug lit backyards. I am a lover of all seasons, the change and ceremony of each one's turning inspires me to greet old recipes like long lost friends. Autumn would seem woefully bare without the proud badge of an apple pie. Let's not even start on the subject of pumpkins.
In any case, the promise and prospect of cool mornings has me thinking of future trips and adventures as I recall past journeys. The sub zero temperatures of a New York winter were punctuated this year by a trip to Australia, where the wonderful folks of that land were counting the last days of their summer season. I was floored, enraptured, completely in love.
Is there a pithy phrase for traveling to another country, state or seaside spot, and feeling completely at home? If so, I have not come across it yet, though I should like to offer several candidates for the position. For some, the fact that they were born in a specific town or country does not automatically make it their home. The feeling and import of "home" can be much more elusive, or rather, expansive.
We have never been there before yet it feels familiar, like finally breathing after being underwater, like jumping into cozy shoes, like "oh, this is my from" place. Maybe to be "from" is to be with. From is the place where the land and the people make you feel vitally "with" life.
A traveler's homecoming occurs when they see that the same vitality, sweet kindness, and laughter always appears as a familiar face in differant tongues and garb.Custom's intricacy is suddenly simplified by the universality of community. When you travel, eat all the foods that are offered to you if it feels right, but also cook your own dishes and collaborate in a gorgeous fusion inclusion. One of my favorite dishes that came out of the trip was a dish of Kangaroo Tex-Mex tacos that came together at a friend's house in Melbourne. To Australians kangaroo might not seem as exotic as it did to me, but the tacos we made together sealed a delightful discovery for both of us..I hope.
So like any traveler I collected some souvenirs; lots of sea shells, friends, and bottles of wine. I searched this recipe out on my return, remembering a certain coffee shop where they made flat whites that curled my toes, and bounteous breakfasts before sunny days unfurling into outbacks unknown and lots of driving.
The slight taste of baking soda in these cookies combines beautifully with the buttery oats to make a treat that is both hearty and hard to stop munching on. As an advocate for cookies at breakfast (and apple crisp and of course pie), I can say that these cookies are coffee's best mate. Sometimes we crave a certain taste and sometimes it is a certain place, and craving teaches us that there is a sweetness even in the longing.
Anzac Biscuits (Adapted from 101cookbooks.com )
1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup softened butter 2 Tablespoons Golden syrup or good quality honey zest of one small lemon
1 Tablespoon boiling water 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 Tablespoon of rosewater
Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Combine all of the dry ingredients (excepting baking soda) in a large bowl;flour, oats, coconut and sugars.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter, golden syrup, and zest of the lemon. When warm and mixed well together, remove from heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of booing water to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Pour the butter mixture into the baking soda mixture and add to the dry ingredients, mix until it is sticky and all is happily buttery.Using a small ice cream scoop or a a large tablespoon, place portion of dough on parchment lined baking sheets. Press down dough with the palm of your hand to ensure they cook up crispy and round. Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. (Look above!) Enjoy with coffee or smoosh some ice cream between these bad boys and make a sandwich.