cornflakes and a small spoonful of sugar although there is loads of it left
Toasted sandwiches, 2 x smoked salmon (bacon substitute) and mushroom for T
1 smoked salmon and mushroom for me and a bowl of vegi soup
Dinner thoughts at 2pm
something potato based, possibly pasties (again) We have most of my ration of cheese left, some fish, 2 vegi burgers, possibly mashed potato so I can save some potato for potato pastry tomorrow. We also have 2 eggs still and a mountain of sugar.
Pizza with potato bread base, smoked salmon, mushroom and the rest of the cheese ration
Steamed treacle pudding and custard
That is all the fat ration gone, and my son ate the rest of his sweets today. This is what is left:
enough smoked salmon for one sandwich,
one slice of processed cheese (my son prefers it to real cheese)
loads of sugar
2 vegi burgers
The chelsea buns I have ditched (not very thrifty I know but they hardened up!)
One more day to go. If I had more butter it would be a lot easier!
Friday is an inset day at school so we plan to have a late Breakfast/Brunch
That will leave us just one egg until Monday and no more baked beans or sausages. It will also use up some of the butter ration with the toast.
Late Lunch/Early Dinner
Eating out! Yippee, hooray, I might even have a glass of wine, I am sure they served wine at the Ritz during the war, we will go to Bella Italia which isn’t very WW2 but we have tesco vouchers.
We are also going to look at the anderson shelter at the museum.
Later snacks – ? I have loads of sugar left so could make more Anzac biccies as they went down well, or we could have oven chips as potato’s are not rationed. I also have some batter left from the toad in the hole so I could make blinis to eat with some of the smoked salmon. We also have most of the chelsea bun left that would be fine heated up with a bit of custard.
Rations left are looking like this and they have to last Today, Saturday and Sunday.
2 vegi burgers
100g smoked salmon
block of cheese smaller than the size of a matchbox
half a smoked rainbow trout!
a third of the original marj
3/4 of the original butter
loads of sugar
Without swapping sweets for 2 eggs and being given a huge smoked rainbow trout this would be really difficult.
Good things about this week have been my son (who has a pretty self restricted diet and is funny about a lot of food) eating almost all of his food, including his packed lunches, he has tried almost everything I have cooked, decided he likes lettuce in sandwiches and has become more open minded about trying different textured food like soup.
9pm update on day 5 We ate like kings at Bella Italia, had no room for pudding but did get some take out icecream and a cake for me from a posh bakers. Both totally stuffed and had no room for snacks in the evening.
My neighbour has just come over with a lovely smoked rainbow trout so that is lunch for me! I still have extended soup to eat and I’m looking forward to the leftover mushroom soup, which was so easy to make despite using a little of the butter ration. Onions and garlic softened in butter, add mushrooms, cook a while, add water, cook til soft, whizz up, add milk – I used soya ‘cos that is what we like.
Porridge and treacle or honey
T’s packed lunch
6 little coconut biccies
a chelsea bun
Potato Bread Recipe
Cold Mashed Potato
Flour to make it up to 500g
mix together with fingers
add a splash of oil
teaspoon of dried yeast
200 to 300 ml of warm water
knead lightly (it is very sticky) and leave to rise
With these quantities I made 4 Chelsea Buns and a loaf big enough to share as the main carbs in yesterdays dinner.
T has afterschool club so he will get toast or crumpets at around 4.30.
Vegi soup and bread with smoked trout!
Toad in the hole with 2 of the vegi sausages and one egg from our 4 (having swapped my sweet ration for 2 eggs)
Chelsea Buns (made with mashed potato in the dough)
Day 4 and my 8 year old has only just started to complain about rations. He wanted marshmallows and I said he could but he had to swap some of his sweet ration for them. I’m really proud of the way he has thrown himself into this. Tomorrow we are looking forward to eating out!
I should have weighed myself on Monday but I forgot – I’m 10st 1.4 I can’t imagine with all the sugar on the ration I will be anything less on Sunday.
Porridge and honey
We are out of honey and treacle, I think we will use our ration book to buy a pot of honey.
Packed Lunch for T
Cheese and lettuce sandwich
half a honey sandwich
2 Anzac biscuits
1 small coconut biscuit
We are out of bread too, hence half a honey sandwich.
T went on a school trip yesterday and was given crossants and pineapple! Like dining at the Ritz!
Vegi soup (extended from Monday’s) and bread if I buy some
Fish and veg
fresh bread rolls and some of the butter ration
Chelsea Buns! (which we were too full to eat)
cunning plan – I’m going to use the mashed potato in a bread dough so we can have nice fresh bread with fish and veg for tea and use the rest of the dough to make chelsea buns to use up some sugar ration! 90% of my brain is now taken up with how to make meals stretch and how to eke out the fat ration.
It’s an inset day on Friday so we will eat out, my son asked if we could eat somewhere that does starters! He went on a school trip yesterday and they had croissants and pineapple so at breakfast we talked about how rich people could eat pretty much whatever they wanted and he was a rich person for that day. I don’t know how people managed on rations without cafes and restaurants. I haven’t rationed bread for this week as I can’t find out how many loaves we should have but we are eating more than we usually do.
I am carbohydrate girl. Swapped my sweet ration for 2 eggs, T very nicely said he would share his sweet ration with me on Saturday. We have loads of sugar left, most of the butter, most of the cheese, a third of the marj, all of the jam, half of the smoked salmon, 4 vegi sausages, 2 vegi burgers and we are going to eat on on Friday. All is well.
smoked salmon sandwich (instead of bacon which T doesnt eat)
toasted tomato sandwich
smoked salmon, potato and mushroom pasty for T, mixed veg pasty for me with oven chips for both of us salad and beetroot for me
coconut shortbread biccies
I’m feeling the sugar overload and a lack of protein. Have arranged to trade my sweet ration for a couple of eggs with the neighbours. None of the recipes I can find make much use of pulses which would be my usual protein boost in times of no money.
Porridge with treacle and left over strawberries cooked down,
I made tea in a teapot to stretch the bag out to 2 cups.
T’s packed lunch is
Cheese and mushroom sandwich,
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.
Carrot Fudge (Recipe from Colleen Moulding’s “Frugal Recipes from Wartime Britain”).
You will need:
4 tablespoons of finely grated carrot
1 gelatine leaf
orange essence or orange squash
a saucepan and a flat dish
Put the carrots in a pan and cook them gently in just enough water to keep them covered, for ten minutes. Add a little orange essence, or orange squash to flavour the carrot. Melt a leaf of gelatine and add it to the mixture. Cook the mixture again for a few minutes, stirring all the time. Spoon it into a flat dish and leave it to set in a cool place for several hours. When the “fudge” feels firm, cut it into chunks and get eating! Carrot Buns
You will need – 8 oz self-raising flour, 3 oz margarine or cooking fat, 3 oz sugar, 4 tablespoons finely grated raw carrot,2 tablespoons sultanas or chopped dates, 1 reconstituted dried or fresh egg, a little milk or water. Method – Grease 2 baking trays. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Rub in the margarine or cooking fat. Add the sugar, carrot, sultanas and egg. Mix well, then add sufficient milk or water to make a sticky consistency. Divide mixture into 12 small heaps on baking tray and bake in a hot oven (gas mark7) for 12 to 15 minutes until firm and golden.
You will need – 1 tablespoon margarine, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence, 4 tablespoons grated raw carrot 6 tablespoons self- raising flour (or plain flour with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder added), 1 tablespoon of water.
Method – Cream the fat and the sugar together with the vanilla essence. Beat in the grated carrot. Fold in the flour. If mixture very dry then add a little water. Drop spoonfuls onto greased tray and press down just a little. Sprinkle tops with sugar and cook in an oven at 200 centigrade for about 20 minutes.
Combine flour, oats, sugar and coconut into a bowl.
Melt the butter and golden syrup or honey in a pot over low heat
Mix the bicarb soda with the water and then add to the butter and golden syrup or honey
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and mix it all well.
Teaspoon dollops of the mixture onto a greased tray make sure you leave space for spreading.
Bake in a 350F for 15 to 20 mins
In reality I melted the butter, syrup and sugar, poured this into the dry ingredients, added the water and bicarb and mixed up. I messed up the weighing so my ratios are all wrong but they taste fantastic!