Tomorrow is a public holiday in New Zealand. But “holiday” is a bit of a loose term for this one – it’s a day of national remembrance.
It’s ANZAC Day.
One day each year where we take some time to remember the people that made – and continue to make – it possible for us to live the way we do. To be a free nation. To live free of oppression. To be New Zealanders.
Tomorrow marks the day the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 – a battle that would see the shoreline painted red in one of the deadliest campaigns of the War. The massacres of that day knitted together military and civilians as a single country, fighting for a common goal. No longer were we a country of emigrants, a simple member of the commonwealth; we became New Zealanders.
ANZAC biscuits are the biscuit of choice for those looking to commemorate the day with a bit of baking – and with good reason. These biscuits were sent to troops by their loved ones at home – made using ingredients available even during rationing, ANZAC biscuits were hardy, long-lasting and a tasty reminder of home.
But I decided to bake something a little different this year. Without the hindrance of war-time rations, I used the symbol of a poppy to create some special sugar cookies with an ANZAC twist. The result? Lemon and poppy seed cookies decorated with a bright red poppy.