Every year, on the First of August, I make Anzacs.
I very happily make Anzacs.
I make Anzacs and I’m sure you are beside me. Every thought is of you, and of you I only have the happiest of memories.
I’m four and we are sharing buttered toast and sugary, milky tea.
I’m eight and I’m sitting on your bench eating cookie mixture as we roll it into balls.
I’m 12 and I’ve fallen asleep on your couch.
I’m 16 and you are banishing my troubles with your unconditional love.
I’m 21 and I’m sleeping beside you. I’m holding your hand and doing all I can to hold back the tears. I know you will soon leave me and I cannot bear the thought of it.
And now, I’m a wife and I’m married to a man you never met.
I’m a mum to children you never knew.
I’ve grown into a lady who spends her days aspiring to be more like you. A lady who has not had a day pass without thinking of you. A lady who believes you’re looking after her and you’re looking after her babies. A lady who still cannot accept the space you have left. A lady who will never let you go.
Happy Birthday to the lady who taught me everything that matters.
Happy Birthday to the lady who knew me when no-one else did.
Happy Birthday to the lady who makes me better than I am.
Happy Birthday Gran. Xx
When you and I weren’t making Anzacs we were typically making YoYo’s so this year, to mix things up, that is what I whipped up. You would have been one hundred today! How exciting is that! Loving you always. Anks.
- 3 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon concentrated, natural vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, softened
- 1 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or rice malt syrup
- Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F
- Line a tray with baking paper.
- Place the ingredients into your food processor and blend at very high speed until the coconut has completely broken down, the mixture is smooth, sticking together and resembles a cookie dough.
- Use your hands to shape the mixture into 12 balls.
- Place the balls onto your cookie tray and gently flatten.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden.
- Leave on the tray for 10 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once cooled place the filling ingredients into a mug and mix until smooth and very well combined.
- Sandwich two biscuits together with the filling.
- Store in the fridge.
- Eat and enjoy!
note – you will need a high powered processor to make these. Something that is strong enough to turn the coconut into a paste. If you do not have a high powered processor you could try using half coconut butter and half desiccated coconut or adding one to two tablespoon of coconut cream or coconut oil. However, I have only tested the version outlined above which we love.