I am currently back home in New Zealand, and like most of the world, living under lockdown. For the first time in history, one of the most significant national occasions fell under these changed times. Here at home, April 25 is a public tradition and a ritual. Anzac Day is a day of remembrance for our soldiers who served in World War One. The day is commemorated by a service at dawn, which aligns with when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) first landed at the Gallipoli battlefield. Under more usual circumstances, many also travel overseas to commemorate the day in Turkey.
As we shift towards more modern times, the meaning of Anzac Day has extended. Remembrance and reflection are brought to those beyond the ANZAC soldiers. We think about all groups involved in and affected by conflict, whether a soldier, peacekeeper, nurse, civilian, or family. We think about those who have served and sacrificed in the past, as well as those who continue to live through conflict as their current reality.
Anzac Day under national lockdown brought a time for reflection and appreciation of those on the front lines during this pandemic. While unable to commemorate and acknowledge this appreciation as usual, Anzac Day took on a new form. Across social media people shared themselves rising before dawn. Neighbourhoods filled with the music from bagpipes. Poppy flowers, the symbol of Anzac Day, were placed in front windows of people’s homes. Anzac biscuits were made to deliver to friends and family, and to enjoy at home.
I present to you the Anzac biscuit recipe that my dad and I followed this Anzac Day. A classic recipe, that while extremely simple and easy, reflects a very important day for me and many others here in New Zealand.