April 25, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Today, April 25th is Anzac Day in Australia.
It is “a nationwide day of remembrance who lost their lives at war; especially the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp of World War 1.
There are no remaining Anzac soldiers left.
There are no surviving Anzacs of the men who landed at Galipoli in 1915. Alex Campbell, the last Anzac died from pneumonia at the age of 103 on the 16th May, 2002.”
When I was “up for the challenge” in making my Anzac Biscotti, I provided a “continued” history about the Anzacs and Anzac biscuits.
Today, other than paying tribute to the Anzacs with my Two-Up Anzac Slice and Cookie, (as “inspired” by Anzac Biscuits at the chic brûlée) I wanted to share The Australian National Game of Two-up which is ONLY played on Anzac Day.
While the origins of the game date back to the 18th century where English and Irish gambled in a “pitch and toss” game, Two-up was extensively played by the soldiers of World War 1.
Gambling games such as Two-up became a part of the Anzac Day celebrations for returned soldiers.
Did you know that Australia’s National Game (which is solely played on Anzac Day — with very few exceptions) is illegal?
There is the RINGER, the BOXER, the SPINNER and the COCKATOO!
So far, I hope I have not lost YOU!
The RINGER is the person in charge.
The BOXER looks after the bets.
The SPINNER spins the coins.
The COCKATOO keeps “lookout” for “THE LAW” lol, TRUE!
The piece of wood (in the photo above) is called the KIP. The pennies are placed on the KIP for spinning.
Imagine there are a number of people “inside and outside” of a circle.
I must admit, the first time I saw the game played, I was “intrigued” too!
As a PROUD Australian, I enjoy today not only sharing the history of the Anzacs, the ANZAC biscuit and now my Two-up Anzac Slice andCookie!
The RINGER calls the SPINNER (by YELLING “Come in Spinner”) who places a bet with the BOXER. (Stay with me here)
The SPINNER then walks into the middle of the circle and tosses the coins from the KIP in an upward motion; spinning the coins in the air to fall within the circle.
If the coins land with two heads up, it is called HEADS.
If the coins land with two heads down, it is called TAILED THEM.
When one of each is showing, it is called ODDS.
“The game” is for the SPINNER to obtain as many HEADS as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I could CERTAINLY go for a Two-up Anzac Slice and Cookie now!
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¾ all-purpose flour
- 1 cup xylitol (see Notes)
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- ¾ cups activated nuts, chopped (see Notes)
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 3 tablespoon boiling water
- 1½ tablespoons baking soda
- oil spray
- In large bowl, add flour, xylitol, oats, nuts, coconut and orange zest together; combine well.
- In a saucepan on low heat, melt golden syrup and butter; remove from heat.
- Add butter mixture to dry mixture.
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- On a prepared baking tray, drop mixture by teaspoons or tablespoons (your choice of shape and size)
- Hint and Tip
- You either drop the mixture by 'teaspoons or tablespoons"; sometimes I roll the mixture into a ball; then press "gently" down to make them into an oval shape.
- Sometimes I use a fork to hold the mixture down with one hand and with the back of a fork, press down to create an oval. (personal preference)
- I have made small cookies and larger cookies. I find the smaller cookies bake more consistently.
- Bake until golden brown.
- Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
I used combination of walnuts, Brazilian nuts, pistachios and almonds.
You can use any type of nuts you have on hand. I placed mine in the grinder, whizzed a couple of times so that some of the nuts were "ground"; some still looked chopped.
Hands ups who is “inspired” to make Two-Up Anzac Slice and Cookie?
I hope you enjoyed today’s post which shares a bit of my country’s history.
If you could have a Two-Up Anzac Slice and Cookie “as a tribute” to you, what would it be and does it reflect your food personality?
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