Posted by: Rachael | April 25, 2008


Remembering England’s Second World War Dig For Victory! campaign for food production as we sang God save the Queen at the ANZAC Day Dawn Ceremony at our local cemetary (and a beautiful dawn it was, too), I decided today was the right day to dig up our own potatoes. I couldn’t help but wonder how long it will be that we continue to sing that song. And our other national anthem, which I love on account of having the most wonderful lyrics of any national anthem in the whole wide world. How long will it be before we ditch our heritage completely?

Home again, and having consumed a hearty breakfast, the troops dispersed; some to dig for victory, others remaining on the home front baking ANZAC biscuits, strains of Onward Christian Soldiers echoing through the house.

(from the Edmonds Cookbook, but tripled ~ makes 85)

1 1/2C flour
1C sugar
2C dessicated cocnut
2 1/4C rolled oats
Mix together

150g butter
3T golden syrup

1t baking soda
6T boiling water
Dissolve baking soda in the water and add to the butter and golden syrup
Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients
Place level tablespoonsful of mixture onto greased trays
Bake at 180ºC for about 15 minutes or until golden


God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country’s spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations’ van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.



  1. How good to have this recipe; I’ve only ever eaten other people’s Anzac biscuits.

    I love the idea of a dawn ceremony for Anzac day – the peace of the morning to remember them by, and then the rest of the day to reflect on that. The words of the service: We will remember them. So true


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