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The Anzac Biscuit – A Recipe for Remembrance – BAKE OFF!!

The official launch of the Anzac Biscuit project commenced with a bake off held at The Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. (CWA) rooms.

ANZAC BiscuitsMatt Preston, award winning food journalist, judge and co-host on MasterChef, partnered with Gul Dasta Ali, a Year 11 student from Akira Secondary College in Cranbourne who inspiringly said “I am going to Gallipoli with an open heart for the experience to teach me”. They were quick off the mark critiquing all other recipes and techniques and amused all taking all the oven space.

The Hon. John Eren MP, Minister for Veteran’s Affairs, got into the spirit of the cook-off with his partner Carol Clay, Past State President and Cooking Convenor, and Carol was quick to let Matt know she won the cup cake competition and her recipe now sits in his new cook book. Their methodical technique saw beautiful, even biscuits put on the tray and whisked away to a separate oven. Minister John Eren spoke of how multi cultures have different memories and stories from the war and now live together in this wonderful country.

Ted Baillieu, Chair Anzac Centenary Committee, donned an Anzac Apron and partnered with Karolina Sevcikova, Catering Committee. They were led astray by the others but got quickly into their groove and put together the biggest biscuits. Ted reminded all that the original ‘Anzac Tile’ was so hard that many were sent home with messages on them. This gave hope to his team. Ted provided an overview of some of the activities and programs in place to trace the history of people who fought and to celebrate in remembrance.

In between the banter, knocking over of items and waiting for the biscuits to cook, sabotage, merging of biscuits, calling for stewards to watch the cooking in a separate kitchen and a lot of laughter a serious message was delivered.

The CWA has partnered with the State Government to run activities throughout the month of April which features the Anzac Biscuits which is synonymous with war. They are planning high teas, teaching school children and adults to learn to cook them, running stalls, fundraising, selling jars with cooking elements in them or cooking new variations to this traditional food. Under the banner of ‘Recipe for Remembrance’ we are asking all to go on the web site so that they can post their new recipes, their pictures, list coming events and invite communities all around the state to share in some Anzac Biscuits as we commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

“This is a fun way to honour those that have gone before us”, Dorothy Coombe State President CWA said “and we are proud to highlight through this project the effort of women in war. The CWA is the fastest growing women’s organisation with over 59 branches opening in the last 2 years. We are respected and aim through community service to improve conditions more especially as they affect women and children. The CWA has supported all wars and has incredible women who have served or supported those at war. We are proud to be partnering with the State Government to celebrate the centenary in such a fun way.”

Michael Fogarty President Toorak RSL Sub-branch along with students from many schools, representing the age of many who went to war, along with Dorothy Coombe were the judges. The taste testing took a while and in the end the winners were Minister John Eren and Carol Clay. 

In April 2015 – cook an Anzac Biscuit – share it with friends – have a laugh – Celebrate the Anzac Centenary – Remember those who have gone before us – 

- Lest We Forget -


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