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 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 3

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
  • Juice

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
  • juice
  • 2 Anzac biscuits
  • 1 small coconut biscuit
  • A Satsuma!

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!

My lunch

  • Vegi soup (extended from Monday’s) and bread if I buy some


  • Soup
  • Fish and veg
  • fresh bread rolls and some of the butter ration


  • a Toffee
  • 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.


A week on WW2 rations – meal ideas

These are ideas for me and my 8 year old who does not eat meat so I’m substituting smoked salmon for bacon. He hardly eats any veg so this will be an interesting week.

Breakfast for both of us:

  • porridge with honey, apple sauce, sugar, milk, raisins (?)
  • toast and butter/jam/marmite/honey
  • dippy egg and toast and butter (can only do this once unless we get more eggs somehow)


Packed Lunch for 8 year old

  • Sandwiches:
    • salmon
    • cheese and mushroom
    • cheese
    • marmite
    • jam
    • honey
    • sausage?
  • Fruit Juice
  • Cold salmon and mushroom pasty
  • Raisins/sultanas
  • sliced carrot

Lunch for me

  • Vegi soup and bread
  • Dahl
  • toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich

Dinner for both of us

  • Sausage, mash and gravy – 2 vegi sausages each, or 1.5 sausages each saving one for a sandwich (vegis broccoli and peas)
  • Home made oven chips and fish (free as we have a fisherman friend) (mixed vegis for me, broccoli for T)
  • Vegi/smoked salmon pasties (using some of the marj ration to make pastry) variation on Wooton Pie.
  • Mashed potato and smoked salmon and mushrooms, or potato Floddies – http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/95-potato-floddies.html
  • Vegi burgers (have to be bought with ration book) with oven chips.
  • Baked potatos and cheese
  • Sausages, baked beans and chips/mash
  • Egg, baked beans and chips

Snacks/Biccies (this is where I see most of the fat ration going)

  • shortbread
  • buns
  • jammy dodgers (home made using jam allowance)
  • scones (potato)
  • all of these could be used in lunch box too


  • Baked/stewed apples and custard
  • apple crumble and custard
  • cake?
  • jelly?