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How to make the best Anzac biscuits ever

As the trumpet sounds in the cold grey of an Anzac Day dawn, it's hard to imagine how so many young men leapt forward into battle to lose their lives at Gallipoli.

Even if you don't get up before light for the Dawn Service on April 25, you can still make a mark for the day by baking Anzac biscuits.  With each bite of a biscuit, you share a little of the Anzac story to those who can hardly understand the concept and brutality of war.

My grandmothers, Olive and Ruby, both lost brothers in the war - one on a hospital ship on the eastern coastline and the other shot down while flying.  Although I never knew Roy and Sid, the grief of their loss is a part of my family's history and I feel it still. Grandma Ollie used to make excellent Anzac biscuits.




Anzac was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey early on the morning of April 24, 1915, during the First World War (1914-1918).

The biscuits were develo…
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Down at Farm House

Oozing rustic charm, Kedron’s new Farm House brings the country back to the burbs with feel good food and quirky theming.

Long time Brisbane hospitality star Amanda Scott (Gertie's, Continental Café and Café Conti), has spread her wings yet again giving birth to this new concept in a shed formerly occupied by much-loved Farmer Joe’s.




Building on her Milk Bar Café Ashgrove empire, Amanda has sourced an amazing array of  ‘country’ objects adding atmosphere to what was once a pretty basic shed.  Now there’s log stools, a table made from a tree stump and slate platters shaped like cows and pigs to serve food.

The country theme continues with the food and ingredients sourced from local farms with free range eggs from the Scenic Rim, halloumi from South Maclean, mushrooms from Mount Cotton, and fresh herbs are grown on site.



Amanda explains that her country roots have a strong family connection and she wants to look after our fabulous farmers.

The local approach also applies to the sta…

How to eat chocolate at Easter and still be healthy

Rivalled only by Valentines Day, Easter is the best excuse to eat more chocolate with the sound of that bunny hopping down the path with a big basket of choccie eggs music to the ears of chocolate lovers everywhere.

It's also a little scary for the calorie conscious, diet watchers amongst us (me included), as it's so easy to indulge in this treat.

However it's not all bad news. Chocolate  has wonderful beneficial properties from a nutrition standpoint.  Powerful antioxidants can be found in chocolate – specifically, polyphenols. These abundant and essential nutrients can help reduce our ‘bad’ cholesterol, known as LDL, whilst increasing the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Eating dark chocolate has also been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure. And don’t forget the psychological effects. Eating chocolate releases calm, soothing, feel-good hormones.




Keep this in mind next time you peel back the foil on an Easter treat: it takes about 35 minutes of running or an hour of sw…

Make a moist Honey Chocolate Cake for Easter

Here's a recipe for a moist chocolate cake that that's perfect for Easter.

You are still getting your chocolate fix, in a less intense way, and the cake sugar level has been reduced with the addition of honey.

The cake takes about 20 minutes to make and less time to eat depending on who is around.

Honey Chocolate Cake
Ingredients

125g butter, softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup honey
1½ cups self-raising flour
½ cup cocoa
½ cup milk

Icing

2½ cups pure icing sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon softened butter
1 tablespoon honey
1½ tablespoons boiling water
to decorate
chocolate curls (see tip)
small chocolate Easter eggs


Method

Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a 22cm round cake pan with baking paper.

Place butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add honey and beat until combined. 
Sift flour and cocoa together. Add to creamed mixture…

Secrets to a successful family holiday revealed

Just as I hopped onto a Qantas flight for Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board revealed the results from a study that got inside the heads of five Australian families as they holidayed in the tropical island.

Kitted out with EEG headsets, the families explored the Lion City's multicultural neighbourhoods, explored the food scene, rode the theme parks, enjoyed nature-based activities and experienced iconic 'only in Singapore' attractions.




These sci-fi headsets captured the brain's electrical activity to measure emotional responses of 'fun', 'happiness', 'stress', 'interest', 'excitement' and 'relaxation'.

The project was overseen by Joel Pearson, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in conjunction with Singapore Tourism Board Oceania.

What did they find out?
Finding 1: Family members were 'happiest' in places that were unique to the destination.
In Singapore, …

Sunrise on the beach with kangaroos

There's only a hint of light in the pre-dawn sky, but the beach is already a magnet for eager visitors.

They are not there just for the stunning sunrise over the somnolent sea, but also to bond with nature through the wild kangaroos who browse the beach each morning checking what has been washed up overnight.

Seeking beach nuts, they wander down to the beach from Cape Hillsborough National Park to browse for a feed and happily pose for photographs.



It's not just kangaroos that are the star here. A walk along the national park trails will reveal colourful birds and the dramatic blue Ulysses butterfly.




Take the Andrews Point track to climb to the top of the ridge where there are five lookouts over the coastline and the islands.

You'll find Cape Hillsborough about 800 kilometres up the coastline north of Brisbane, or about an hour's drive from Mackay.

Stay at the Cape Hillsborough Resort which offers budget accommodation and camping facilities.

Find out more about Cape H…

Why bother with a cheap steak?

Trying to save money by dining cheap and cheerful when it comes to steak is a recipe for disaster.

The odds are against you when you select the random steak on the menu and expect to bite into something tender and flavoursome. Mostly you are going to be disappointed because finding the right beef and then cooking it to perfection is something that takes a lot of effort and practice.

My next beef when it comes to steak (pun intended) is paying $40 to $50 for a meal when I have to stand in a line to order and then sit with a buzzer on my table so I can collect it when it ready. Yes, I’m looking at you pubs with steakhouses.

Maybe you enjoy the relaxed ambience of the beer garden and live for the moment when you peel back the alfoil on that Idaho potato, but if for the same price I can dine with tablecloths and table service, I know where I would rather be.



One man who knows meat is Steven Adams, owner of Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill restaurant group with venues in The Port Office Build…