A week on WW2 Rations – Day 6


  • cornflakes and a small spoonful of sugar although there is loads of it left
  • juice


  • 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.


  • Jam biscuits


  • 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
  • one egg

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!




A week on WW2 rations – day 5

Friday is an inset day at school so we plan to have a late Breakfast/Brunch

  • Toast
  • Vegi Sausage
  • Baked Beans
  • Fried Egg

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.

  • An egg
  • 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
  • some sweets


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.


A week on WW2 rations – day 4

Halfway allready!

I weigh 10st today, 1.4 down from yesterday.

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
  • juice

T’s packed lunch

  • Salmon sandwich
  • 6 little coconut biccies
  • juice
  • a chelsea bun
This is 4 buns squished together, I have torn out T's for his packed lunch.

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.

My lunch

  • 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)
  • Fried Mushrooms
  • Gravy


  • 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!



A week on WW2 rations – day 2

Menu plan


  • Porridge and honey
  • juice

Packed Lunch

  • smoked salmon sandwich (instead of bacon which T doesnt eat)
  • anzac biscuits
  • juice
  • raisins

My lunch

  • vegi soup
  • toasted tomato sandwich
  • salad
  • smoked salmon
  • anzac biscuits


  • 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.