Do the Hokey Pokey

After baking more batches of Anzac biscuits than I ever care to again (and taking a wee break to recuperate from baking fatigue), I found myself pondering the magical, foaming reaction between golden syrup and baking soda. When was it discovered? How popular is the candy that comes from the reaction? What do we all…

The Anzac Biscuit

Australia and New Zealand celebrate our day of remembrance on April 25, Anzac Day. The day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders killed in war, and honours returned servicemen and women. And, like any worthy national day, Anzac day has its own name-sake food: the Anzac biscuit. These biscuits are beloved in both nations, and range…

Breaking bread

Bread is the foundation of our diets: loved and loathed, it has been a part of our diet since the Neolithic age. But why did bread – an entirely man-made food – become our staple starch? It seems a suitable start into my adventures with food history to delve into the mysterious origins of bread, our…