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Australia Day!

Thanks to our resident Aussie, Luke Anderson, I've recently received a crash course in the joys of Australia day. For those not in the know, the Wikipedia entry sums it up pretty well:

"Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundation Day and ANA Day), and also referred to as Invasion Day by several groups within Australian society, is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, the hoisting of the British flag there, and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia."

Now, you're probably wondering why I've suddenly taken a interest in our down under cousins special day. Turns out that in addition to numerous parties, Australia day also brings with it tasty treats. Thanks to the Mr. Anderson, I've had the joy of sampling Anzac Biscuits, delicious bite-sized oaty morsels, held together with the king of sugars, Golden Syrup. Luke brought some homemades Anzacs into the office, and have been doing the rounds with our neighbours at ZDNet, silicon, and CNet UK.

anzac biscuits

Once again Wikipedia sums up nicely how the biscuits came into existence:

"Anzac biscuits have long been associated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps established in World War I. The biscuits were often sent to loved ones abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. Today, ANZAC Biscuits are manufactured commercially for retail sale and are popular in Australia and New Zealand."

So with today being Australia day, grab yourself some rolled oats, flour, coconut, sugar, butter, and golden syrup, and bake some Anzacs for your work chums.

Spread the biscuit love!