Friday, April 26, 2013

Still remembering

I know it's not Anzac Day today, however as I was coming out of the driveway this morning, I noticed a distinct lack of traffic (it's usually so busy around 6.45 that it takes ages to get onto the road), so obviously lots of people have taken today as a holiday so they get a 4 -day "weekend".

So, I thought I'd continue on with an Anzac theme.
The first cake is from Half Baked Cakery in Queensland.
A lovely cake and based on traditional ANZAC biscuits, made with rolled oats, golden syrup and coconut with white chocolate ganache. Yummo. 

This Aussie slouch hat is from Kaza's Kookie Kreations, NSW. I love the addition of the wattle flower.

The word ‘slouch’ refers to the sloping brim. The brim is made from rabbit-fur felt or wool felt and is always worn with a puggaree (that's the band).

History has it that the origins of the Slouch Hat began with the Victorian Mounted Rifles; a hat of similar design had been worn in South Africa by the Cape Mounted Rifles for many years before 1885. 
The Victorian hat was an ordinary bush felt hat turned up on the right side. The intention of turning up the right side of the hat was to ensure it would not be caught during the drill movement of “shoulder arms” from “order arms”. 

And this slouch hat from Cake Central (don't know who the maker is, but it looks quite real).

By 1890, State military commandants had agreed that all Australian forces, except the artillery corps, should wear a looped-up hat of uniform pattern that was turned up on the right side in Victoria and Tasmania, and on the left side in all other States to allow for different drill movements. 

The Slouch Hat became standard issue headdress in 1903 and its brim position was mostly standardised. The slouch hat became a famous symbol of the Australian fighting man during World War One and continued to be worn throughout World War Two. Its use since that time has made it a national symbol.

1 comment:

  1. That last cake - the ultra realistic-looking one - is my wife's cake, she made it for a colleague of mine, for his birthday... And to this day, it's still one of the best cakes she's ever made!

    When we took it to my mate's place, we sat an actual slouch hat next to it and if you were more than a meter away, you quite literally couldn't tell the two apart, even if you knew one was cake!

    The best part?

    Just like everything else the wife makes, the whole lot is edible... Every last part!

    Anyway, check out my wife's profile here if you're interested in some of the stuff she makes:

    I can't cook to save my life, but when it comes to cakes, my wife has natural talent and this is proof of that...