A Recipe Best Made With A Dash of Humour

01 April 2022

Cooking – or in this instance baking up a delicious storm – with friends or family, can create powerful bonds, make you feel good about yourself and boost your self-esteem. And with plenty of laughs along the way, it can also help give light to our hardest moments.

For veteran and Paralympian, Curtis McGrath – who has experienced his own dark moments, and found his way through – spending time in the kitchen with his trusty sous chefs CeCe and Penny baking the iconic ANZAC biscuit was a great way to get into the ANZAC spirit and find their own ways to commemorate the day.  

ANZAC Spirit Humour - ANZAC Biscuits


Curtis believes humour is one of the best characteristics of the ANZAC spirit because it allows people to come together and connect.  

“There’s some key tenants to the ANZAC spirit,” he says. “But I think all of it comes down to working together and having a laugh. 

“Having humour brings people together and gets you through the tough times. It’s really special that Australians and New Zealanders have a good sense of humour to get them through. 

“When I have a hard time, I try to chill out by going and playing with my dog, swimming, going to the gym or kayaking. Being able to have a laugh with my friends helps get me through as well.” 

ANZAC Spirit Humour - Curtis McGrath makes ANZAC Biscuits


Made during the war to raise funds, these chewy or crunchy – depending on your preference – biscuit, were also often sent in care packages to the troops overseas. Without eggs, they kept well making them ideal for the long voyage by sea.  

As a truly easy biscuit to cook, why not give a batch a go this ANZAC Day for yourself? Follow our easy recipe below.  



  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda 

ANZAC Spirit Humour - ANZAC Biscuits


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, coconut, and sugar in a large bowl. In a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the golden syrup. Bring it to the boil before removing it from the stove.
  3. Mix the hot water and bicarb soda and add it to the butter and syrup – it should froth up. Pour this into the dry ingredients and stir together. If the mixture is a little dry, add some water.
  4. Taking spoonfuls of the mixture, roll them into balls and put them on a greased baking tray, about 5cm apart. Use a fork to flatten them and then put them in the oven for 15 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  5. Let them cool on the baking tray for about a minute, and then move them to a wire rack to cool properly. 

ANZAC Spirit Humour - ANZAC Biscuits


The ANZAC spirit lives on in us all, and on 25 April we invite you to honour our Defence community and commemorate in a way that is meaningful to you. On ANZAC Day, you can attend your local RSL ANZAC Day service, light up the dawn at home at 6am, participate online, or hear stories of inspirational Australians who embody the characteristics of the ANZAC spirit.

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