A week on WW2 rations – day 1


  • Porridge with treacle and left over strawberries cooked down,
  • soya milk.

I made tea in a teapot to stretch the bag out to 2 cups.


T’s packed lunch is

  • Cheese and mushroom sandwich,
  • honey sandwich,
  • raisins,
  • juice (should be squash but we don’t have any)
  • and a carrot with propeganda “carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout”

I’ve saved the crusts to make something else with later in the week.

My lunch is vegetable soup, bread and marj


  • Mashed potato (mine was mashed with celeriac) no butter
  • Half a tin of baked beans between us (bought with ration book)
  • Tiny scraping of grated cheese
  • Mushrooms and leeks


  • Jam tarts and custard

I also made Anzac Biscuits which are just lovely little coconutty bundles of sugary niceness.

Day 1 on WW2 rations, conclusions:

I’ve been missing cups of tea, I’ve been obsessing about food and rations and what best to spend the fat ration on. I’ve eaten more sugar today than I normally do and we have loads left in our rations.

T ate all his packed lunch apart from the carrot, he ate almost all of his dinner apart from one large spoonful and the leftover beans and potatos¬† I put in my soup for tomorrow.¬† He ate custard which is a newish one for him and likes Anzac Biscuits a lot! When I woke up this morning I found him googling air raid siren because he wanted to put the noise on his MP3 player.¬† We talked about black market stuff and whether it was ethical, he says he would prefer to swap stuff which is ok. I’m hoping that the neighbours will consider swapping a couple of eggs for some of my sweet ration.