Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Alison Stuart, and her recipe for Anzac Biscuits along with an introduction to her regency romantic suspense, Lord Somerton’s Heir. Please join me in welcoming Alison and savor her recipe for Anzac Biscuits as you read about her new book!
Thank you so much for inviting me over to talk about food… my favourite topic of conversation.
Today’s recipe has a more serious side. In the Great War of 1914-1918, young men from Australia and New Zealand, signed up to fight in the Middle East and Europe. They formed the Australia and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC). The casualty figures for these two young countries was shocking, almost an entire generation killed, wounded or in some way permanently scarred by the experience.
On April 25th 1915, Australia commemorates the first time Australians went into battle, the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. It was a short lived and disastrous campaign for the ANZAC troops and following the withdrawal the troops moved to the Western front for three years of hell in the trenches of the Somme or Belgium.
The soldier’s diet consisted of “hard tack” biscuits and it is said that the wives and mothers back home, devised a sweet biscuit from oats and syrup that could be posted to their boys and would not spoil. Certainly the first recipe for “ANZAC” biscuits appeared in both Australia and New Zealand during the course of the war. It is now made commercially and I bake a batch every ANZAC day. It wouldn’t be ANZAC day without an ANZAC biscuit.
Try them… they are delicious J
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup SR Flour
¾ cup coconut
¾ cup sugar (raw, brown or white)
½ tsp bicarb soda
2 tblsps boiling water
125g (4oz) butter, melted
2 tblsps golden syrup
- Mix all dry ingredients
- Dissolve soda in boiling water and add to melted butter and golden syrup
- Add to dry ingredients and mix well
- Place in teaspoonfuls on a greased slide or press into a greased tray and cut into squares while still hot.
- Bake in moderate oven 160 deg C (or 325 deg F) for 15 mins
(Can add nuts or sultanas or substitute oats for muesli)
Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?
From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams, only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.
Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. But, her dreams are shattered, as she is taunted from the grave, discovering not only has she been left penniless, but she is once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.
But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?
Buy the Book:
Escape Publishing: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857991560
ALISON STUART is an award winning Australian writer. She describes herself as a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and writes cross genre historicals with heart. Her latest book, a Regency Romantic Suspense, LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR was released in MAY and is available from AMAZON and all good ebook stores. To connect with Alison visit her WEBSITE.
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