Q: While in New Zealand last year, I had an Aussie cookie. We were told that the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand carried these during WWI and WWII because they would last for months without going bad. The Aussie cookie was delicious, and I would love the recipe. — Betty Cobb, Plantation
A: It sounds like you may be referring to an Anzac biscuit. This oatmeal- and coconut-based treat is popular in Australia and New Zealand. Anzac is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac tiles or wafers were issued by the army to nourish soldiers and considered a bread substitute. The hard cracker-like consistency provided a long shelf life and held up well when shipped. They later evolved into Anzac biscuits with the addition of sugar, but remained eggless, making them more like a British biscuit or cookie. It's said soldiers' wives sent the biscuits in care packages because the simple ingredients were easily obtained during rationing, the lack of eggs extended their shelf life, and the oatmeal made a sturdy texture for transporting without breakage. Today, Anzac biscuits are manufactured commercially and sold in retail markets. I found a recipe online at the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs website (www.dva.gov.au). Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance observed April 25 in Australia and New Zealand, commemorates those who served and died in war.
Q: We recently had dinner at the SeaWatch. We ordered the Orange roughy. It was served with a chardonnay dill sauce, which was absolutely delicious. Could you please try to get the recipe for us? — Yolanda Romeo, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Q: I had Orange roughy at SeaWatch and Bonefish Grill. I would like a recipe for Orange roughy sauteed with dill chardonnay sauce. Thank you for your help. — Barbara Spellman, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
A: Chef Darryl Shuford of SeaWatch on the Ocean (6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-781-2200, seawatchontheocean.com) wasn't surprised by the two requests for his Orange roughy. "We tried getting away from butter sauces two years ago and took it off the menu. There was such an outpouring of requests, we had to put it back on. It's always been a big seller," he said. Since it's difficult to get fresh orange roughy on the East Coast, Shuford orders his from Sanford Seafood, a company in New Zealand, known for its high-quality sustainable seafood.