150 Wartime Recipes


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100’s of authentic ‘Wartime Recipes’ will be recreated and photographed throughout the year of the 1940’s Experiment.

I promise to recreate, photograph and share a wartime recipe for every lb I lose!

Check back here for new recipes and photos every week!

Recipe 1. Wartime Loaf

Recipe 2. Wartime Dripping

Recipe 3. Meaty Gravy

Recipe 4. Bread Pudding

Recipe 5. Corned Beef Fritters

Recipe 6. Eggless Sponge Gone Wrong

Recipe 7. Salad Dressing for immediate use

Recipe 8. Wartime Vegetable Turnovers

Recipe 9. Wartime Scotch Shortbread

Recipe 10. Carolyn’s ‘Everything In’ Wartime Stew

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Recipe 11. The Oslo Meal

Recipe 12. Curried Carrots

Recipe 13: Pancakes (5 dishes from 1 recipe)

Recipe 14: Wartime Cauliflower Cheese with Bacon

Recipe 15: Cynthia’s Eggless Sponge (gone right)

Recipe 16: Pear Crumble

Recipe 17: Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam..

Recipe 18: Rock buns

Recipe 19: Mock cream recipe 1

Recipe 20: Spam Hash

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Recipe 21: Wartime Pumpkin Soup

Recipe 22: Bread stuffing balls

Recipe 23: Apple crumble

Recipe 24: Lord Woolton Pie

Recipe 25: Cheese Whirls

Recipe 26: Glory Buns

Recipe 27: Cheese and Potato Dumplings

Recipe 28: Cream of Parsnip Soup

Recipe 29: Carrot and Potato Mash

Recipe 30: Cheese Dreams

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Recipe 31: Farmhouse Scramble (version 1)

Recipe 32: Cottage Pie

Recipe 33: Potato and Cheese Bake

Recipe 34: Boeuf Bourguignon 1940s Rations Style

Recipe 35: Potato Floddies

Recipe 36: Bread and Apple Pudding

Recipe 37: Danish Apple Pudding

Recipe 38: Vegetable Stew

Recipe 39: Wartime Welsh Cakes

Recipe 40: Cold meat pasties

Recipe 41: Quick chocolate icing

Recipe 42: Potato Rarebit

Recipe 43: Mock Cream Recipe 2

Recipe 44: No Cook Chocolate Cake

Recipe 45: Mince Slices

Recipe 46: Marmite Mushrooms (a modern creation?)

Recipe 47: Eggless Fruit Cake

Recipe 48: Potato and Carrot Pancakes

Recipe 49: Potato and Lentil Curry

Recipe 50: Mock Goose

Recipe 51: Wartime Eggless Christmas Cake

Recipe 52: Vegetable and Oatmeal Goulash

Recipe 53: Irish Soda-Bread

Recipe 54: Eggless Pancakes

Recipe 55: Carrot Cookies

Recipe 56: Herby Bread

Recipe 57: Poor Knight’s Fritters

Recipe 58: Eggless Mayonnaise

Recipe 59: Split pea soup

Recipe 60: Potato Fingers

Recipe 61: Chocolate biscuits & chocolate spread

Recipe 62: Curried potatoes 

Recipe 63: Vegetable pasties

Recipe 64: Wheatmeal pastry

Recipe 65: Homemade croutons

Recipe 66: Quick vegetable soup

Recipe 67: Fruit Shortcake

Recipe 68: Cheese potatoes

Recipe 69: Lentil sausages

Recipe 70: Root vegetable soup

Recipe 71: Sausage rolls

Recipe 72: Eggless ginger cake

Recipe 73: Mock duck

Recipe 74: Cheese sauce

Recipe 75: Duke pudding

Recipe 76: Potato scones

Recipe 77: Cheese, tomato and potato loaf/pie

Recipe 78: Bubble and squeak

Recipe 79: Belted leeks

Recipe 80: Lord Woolton Pie- Version 2

Recipe 81: Beef and prune hotpot

Recipe 82: Prune flan

Recipe 83: Butter making him-front style

Recipe 84: Mock apricot flan

Recipe 85: Corned beef with cabbage

Recipe 86: Oatmeal pastry

Recipe 87: Gingerbread men

Recipe 88: Carolyn’s mushroom gravy

Recipe 89: Jam sauce

Recipe 90: Brown Betty

Recipe 91: Middleton medley

Recipe 92: Rolled oat macaroons

Recipe 93: Anzac biscuits

Recipe 94: Beef or whalemeat hamburgers

Recipe 95: Lentil soup

Recipe 96: Welsh claypot loaves

Recipe 97: Chocolate oat cakes

Recipe 98: Wartime berry shortbread

Recipe 99: Oatmeal soup

Recipe 100: Mock marzipan

Recipe 101: Gingernuts

Recipe 102: Eggless christmas pudding

Recipe 103: Leftovers stew

Recipe 104: Vinaigrette dressing

Recipe 105: Apple pudding

Recipe 106: Irish omelette

Recipe 107: Potato cakes

Recipe 108: Glazed turnips (Canadian recipe)

Recipe 109: Carrot roll

Recipe 110: Wartime Bara Brith

Recipe 111: Bread and prune pudding

Recipe 112: Sausage stovies

Recipe 113: Malted loaf

Recipe 114: Toad in the Hole

Recipe 115: Summer berry jam

Recipe 116: Scones

Recipe 117: Mock cream 3

Recipe 118: Vegetable Pie

Recipe 119: Air-raid apple chutney

Recipe 120: Lentil curry

Recipe 121: Haricot bean croquettes

Recipe 122: Leek and Lentil Pie

Recipe 123: Coconut Cream

Recipe 124: Colcannon

Recipe 125: Carrot and Sultana Pudding

Recipe 126: Lemon Syrup Sauce

Recipe 127: Bean and Vegetable Sheperd’s Pie

Recipe 128: Chocolate Layer Cake

Recipe 129: Small Cottage Tea Loaves

Recipe 130: Vinegar Cake

Recipe 131: Kale and Bean Stew

Recipe 132: Pea and Potato Stew

Recipe 133: Baked Chips with Thyme

Recipe 134: Homity Pie

Recipe 135: Vegetable Au Gratin

Recipe 136: Kale and Potato Soup

Recipe 137: Trench Stew

Recipe 138: Irish Potato Pancakes

Recipe 139: Vegetable Soup

Recipe 140: Canadian Bake

Recipe 141: Savoury Meat Pie

Recipe 142: Potatoes in Curry Sauce

Recipe 143: Padded Pudding with Mock Cream + VIDEO RECIPE

Recipe 144: Bread and Butter Pudding

Recipe 145: Wartime Mock Crab

Recipe 146: Mince in the Hole

Recipe 147: Country House Cake

Recipe 148: Mock Banana – VIDEO

Recipe 149: Pink Layer Party Cake (Mother’s Day Tribute)

Recipe 150: Plum Charlotte

222 thoughts on “150 Wartime Recipes

  1. How are you doing this? how do you know the right portions etc.? Have you talked to your doctor? Are you sure this is good for you cause with the dripping thing isnt that bad for colesteral?
    I am asking cause I two need to lose over a hundred pounds ….for the same reasons as you except i have a 2 1/2 year old and a 19 yr old .
    Is there a way i could see the reciepes so i could do it with you?

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    • It is commonly known that we had the healthiest diet during the war years and as lard/dripping was also rationed to a far lower amount than is commonly used today during cooking I reckon GP’s would encourage most people to adopt a regular diet like this.

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    • Please find a book – “Eat Fat, Lose Fat” by Dr. Mary Enig (International Expert on Fats) and Sally Fallon (President, The Weston A. Price Foundation). I, too, need to lose weight. I recently found this book, and it has been an eye opener. All I can think from the information I have learned is that it is no wonder there are so many obese/overweight people in this country. I’m sorry I didn’t find this book sooner in my life, maybe I could have been spared a lot of health problems. God bless you as you embark on your journey in weight loss.

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    • Drippings are just the juices and yes some fats that come off the meat. It’s what give a lot of homemade gravy a their flavors. If u want an effective diet but not be hungry all the time and have good food, try a low carb, high fat diet. I swear by it. I lost about a half a pound a day for 3 months straight. Then of course I got tempted and fell off the low carb wagon. But it does work!

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  2. Hi Amy- thanks for leaving a comment and asking some very valid questions!

    First of all NO I haven’t talked to my doctor (just my choice) but I would highly recommend that anyone changing their eating habits does especially if they have any medical condition or are taking any sorts of medication…

    I know this is a safe eating plan to follow as millions and millions of people followed exactly the same one during World War II in the UK (which I am basing mine on) ….it is recorded by health and nutrition experts that people grew healthy & strong during the war as food rationing ensured that people ate healthier wholemeal pastries and breads (homemade), lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, less sugar and less dairy fats like butter and cheese. Infact because of the limited amount of fats such as butter available, people were encouraged to save the fat off their cooking like bacon to reuse….

    I compared my terrible diet of just a few weeks ago to a typical rationed 1940s diet and could see that my modern diet was fat laden…. a few handful of chips, a few cookies, lost of butter on my toast, lots of cheese and cheese sauces with most meals, cream in my coffee, way too much meat, etc etc etc…the fat content of my daily diet was pretty horrific.

    Even with a little bit of dripping, I believe the fat content of my new 1940’s to be less than a quarter of what it was a couple of weeks ago…

    I am using Becel margarine as my ration allowance for butter/margarine which is very low in trans fats but am occasionally using dripping when my margarine runs out (when you have to cook everything from scratch you’ll notice how little margarine you have to last you a week!)..

    My personal opinion is that

    a) If you are following a typical wartime rationed diet with plenty of supplementary leafy vegetables
    b) Following it 100% with no eating any extras or extra rations

    it has to be better than what I am eating at the moment (which has made me very fat at 315lbs)..

    AMY: If you keep an eye out over the next few days I’ll do a blog post that will give you a breakdown of the rations available each week to each adult during the war and I will also recommend some recipe books and send you links to more online recipes

    Keep an eye out also for all the recipes I will be posting with photographs…hope these will help a little. They should build up into a nice collection of historical recipes from the 1940’s.

    Hey it would be great if there was someone else out there having a go at this too..!!

    It’s not easy- I really felt like stuffing a chocolate peanut butter ball into my mouth that someone had brought into work today but I had to say NO!!!! hehee:)

    C xx

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      • I’ve heard that too! BTW- I like your blog. Horse manure is excellent stuff and you can pick it up and throw it xxxxx

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      • I’m on my third attempt… started October 1st, 2011 and have stuck to a wartime rationing diet and lost 52 lbs in 5 months so far… 48 lbs to go and about 42 recipes to cook! C xxxxx

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      • i am only using this for my homework and my teacher was really impressed thx who ever made this website you really helped better then all those other websites i saw

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  3. Well done, i’m hoping that you’ve managed to do some of the leg work that i’ve been trying to do myself. My wife thought that i would be the only person ever that would want to put myself on a ww2 ration but it seemed to stack-up to me. I want to lose weight (16 st+), wanted to stay away from any modern ‘fad’ of a diet and to try to stay seasonal, local and unprocessed or pre-prepared and i’m not a big meat eater anyway so when i thought about it it led to a ‘ration diet’. Glad i’ve caught up with you at pretty much the begining, i’ll watch out for your progess and try to put my own efforts in place straight away to keep you company. Now, where’s that tin of corned beef gone?!
    Giles, aged 46 1/4

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  4. Hey Giles- ABSOLUTELY!! That was one of the BIG reasons for giving this a shot again (apart from losing weight and cos I’m weird) and that was TRYING to source and promote local foods…trying to use LESS imported goods. Actually just following the examples set during WWII which were

    * mend and make do
    * eat more veggies & grow your own (or buy locally)
    * use imported goods sparingly
    * eat less meats and fats

    The other day I went into my local small store and it was VERY difficult to find anything on sale from fresh produce that was grown locally or in the province of Nova Scotia where I live….even Canada was difficult with fruit (the majority was imported from USA, Brazil, New Zealand etc)..

    It was the same when I lived in the UK and I guess it is still the same?

    So part of this will be to source more in season produce from Farmer’s Markets…

    I am CONVINCED that we have a huge amount to learn from this period of time…in a way the government propaganda (the good propaganda..I am talking UK here) infact was a very positive thing to keep people healthy and make sure people didn’t starve..

    Anyway- I am waffling!!!

    I do hope you’ll join in and swap some meal recipes… !!!

    Good luck with your attempt too!

    C xx

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  5. Hi Carolyn,

    I’ve been looking over the recipes and I have noticed a lack of garlic in the recipes, and I’ve been wondering if it wasn’t popular in England in the 40s. We love garlic in our home and I add it to almost everything, except desserts of course lol

    I also want to thank you for starting this blog, it has inspired me to start cooking more responsibly. I’ve been working very long hours(12 to 14 hrs/day, 7 days a week)for several months and have become very lax in cooking. I was relying on too much take out and frozen dinners. You have inspired me to get back to basics and cook like I used to, more frugally and much more tastily. I’m thinking of following the Oslo recipe for lunch at work, its simple and easy.

    So keep those recipes coming please and keep going with the diet. You have done a great job so far and the first few weeks are the most difficult.

    Thanks

    Cathy

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    • Hi Cathy- thanks for leaving a comment and raising an excellent question…I have been thinking exactly the same!

      Most of my recipes are coming from Marguerite Patten cook books, English Heritage or reputable publishing houses and I have YET to find a recipe with garlic in..

      I think this needs further investigation! I wonder when garlic became part of the British cuisine? I think this unusual though because the English did eat the odd curry (although not usual) and surely that would have used garlic?

      I am exactly the same as you (although I am fortunate not to be working 7 days a week!) and was finding it a real struggle to put good food on the table for the children and I because of the sheer amount of time at work…

      The kids try my recipes and the youngest who does have extra weight like me is starting to enjoy all the extra veggies and wholesome food coming her way now..

      The Oslo meal- yes you could prepare your salad at home in two minutes and place it in a big container and then zip lock bag a couple pieces of wholemeal bread and Bob’s your uncle and Fanny’s your aunt! A nutritious meal that costs ya about $1.50!

      So glad you are enjoying the blog- it’s lovely to get comments- THANKS!

      C xx

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      • Garlic was brought to these shores by the Romans (along with yarrow and sage), and wild garlic has been common across the country for a couple of thousand years. It’s a milder, mellower taste than the garlic we’re used to.

        We’d now look at many older recipes and wonder how on Earth people tolerated such high levels of spices in what we think of as savoury dishes (nutmeg was a particular favourite). I believe several factors led to a less spicy diet than had been common in the UK for centuries:

        * Late Victorian and Edwardian anti-foreigner sentiment: The hysteria over European anarchists, German/Prussian spies, and thousands of Eastern European Jews fleeing pogroms (triggering the usual “We’re being swamped by foreigners who hate Christianity and will outbreed us!”) led to some level of distrust of spicy foods associated with Europeans.

        * The blockades of WWI: British diets (which differed from region to region, class to class, depending on what could be afforded) had incorporated many spices from our Empire. The blockades of WWI meant that it was hard to get non-essentials from Asia and Africa, which led to an acceptance of a blander diet. And this was reinforced with the blockades of WWII.

        * The post-war depression: Rebuilding trade routes for non-essentials took money. War debts, rebuilding, the decimation of the British male population through the Pals Brigades recruitment process leaving whole towns with no healthy men between the ages of 15 and 50, and the banking collapse, meant that we were plunged into a financial and social crisis – and people who’d got used to several years without much in the way of herbs and spices from the Empire’s trade routes weren’t going to spend money on what were once considered essentials but had become considered luxuries.

        * Growing anti-Indian sentiment: As Gandhi and others agitated for Indian home rule, there was a mixed response. While many people had family connections to India through the armed forces and colonial service, and Indian food was common (there weren’t many restaurants outside the cities, but plenty of ex-colonial soldiers still ate homemade curry regularly – one of my great-great uncles was famous in our village for his mass production of curries of all types), some felt that Indian home rule was reasonable and others that it was an insult to their national identity and bitterly resented it.

        * Fashion: Along with the above, which surely influenced fashion, there has always been the desire to ape the wealthy. Gardens, everyone knew, were primarily for flowers (veg was relegated to the bottom patch, out of sight, if you were lucky enough to have a garden at all) – everyone aspired to “proper” gardens like the rich people had, with lawns and flower borders. The wealthy, of course, had long had such gardens as proof that they didn’t NEED their own kitchen gardens and had plenty of spare land to show off. And so what had once been a demonstration of wealth became the norm. People continued to move to towns and cities, stopped growing as much of their own food, and forgot that plants such as nettles, dandelions, purslane, chickweed, wild garlic, and flax had high nutritional value rather than being useless “weeds” – if they noticed them at all.

        All off the top of my head, and I’m sure there were other factors involved.

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  6. Glad to hear that the diet is going so well for you. I was wondering about peanut butter.I haven’t seen any recipes using it but I know it was shipped from the States during or after the war. I have heard that what was given wasn’t the nicest peanut butter, grade D or some such thing.

    That got me thinking about nuts in the diet during that time. They must’ve been a very important important source of protein, but they aren’t mentioned in the rations, that I’ve seen. I was just wondering if you knew anything about which ones were used and for what.

    Thank you for doing this blog, I’m enjoying it so much!

    Cathy

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    • look for a book called We’ll Eat Again with recipes from Marguerite Patten pg 80 recipe for dark sticky gingerbread uses peanut butter instead of margerinr or fat. I have tried it and it works but the cake does not keep well as it dries out too quick.

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      • Yes highly recommend that book- I have the trilogy boxed set- We’ll Eat Again, Victory Cookbok and Post War Cooking and they are fabby..

        I juts checked out that recipe and my goodness- there it was, the peanut butter!

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  7. Hey Cathy

    I have only seen peanut butter mentioned once or twice in English literature about WWII recipes and I guess this would have been incorporated into one or two recipes when the US troops brought it over (I’ll have to do some research about that)

    Same with nuts- I only really see chestnuts mentioned as they would have been available from local trees in the Uk BUT I guess they must have imported nuts too the same as they did for raisins/sultanas…..(again I MUST look this up over his long weekend)

    Very interesting!!!

    C xx

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  8. How Brilliant. I was born in 1951 and my mum used a lot of this type of recipe for many years after. Never used garlic, never heard of peanut butter, only cereal I knew was Cornflakes or Quaker Oats.

    I think garlic was used more from the late 60’s early 70’s and I remember using a recipe when I’d just got married and trying to impress my new hubby which stated six cloves of garlic. I put in six bulbs! You can imagine what it tasted like. I can remember my first pot of yoghurt – I was working in London in 1967 and went to lunch with a friend. I absolutely hated the “sour” taste. Now I love them.

    The first curry I tasted was a Fray Bentos tinned curry – you opened one end of the can for the rice and the other for the curried meat – I loved it. Then there were a range of Vespa(?) (I think) curries.

    I still try and cook some of the old fashioned recipies, but my “still at home” son moans and wants to try more adventurous Tai, Spanish, whatever recipes and everyone nowadays wants meals “plated up” prettily. I absolutely hate that for some reason – I enjoy the good old wholesome “splodge it on” way. Sorry everyone. As I’ve got about 4 stone to lose I’m going to give it a try.

    Looking forward to seeing you progress.

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  9. Ewwwwy- SIX BULBS OF GARLIC !! (grin)

    Loved reading your message about all the different and new foods coming through after the war! That’s funny you should say about yogurt..I remember in the 1970’s trying SKi yogurt and thinking it was sour and the first DIET COKES were hideous!

    Look forward to hearing more!

    C xx

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  10. One thing I found out from the a local here was at his school they were encouraged to pick rose hips to make syrup. Once they picked a certain amount they were given a threepence a load and the rose hips sent off to be made into syrup. Sugar was in sort supply so the syrup was a substitute.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/food/recipe93.shtml

    They also used gulls eggs and collected them to sell to the bakers for cakes. They preferred terns eggs apparently

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  11. Sorry, I can answer the garlic and nuts questions. Re garlic and other things like onions, the Channel Islands were the major source of these for Britain pre-war, but were occupied by Germany from the start of the Phony War. Garlic wasn’t used much, but would have been unavailable, like onions, until people started growing their own. Also, other sources of garlic, like France and Italy, were either occupied or the enemy.

    Nuts would have to have been locally grown, since shipping priority was given things that were high in nutritional value but didn’t take up much space (SPAM, dried milk, dried eggs, telescoped meat[!]!). Nuts wouldn’t not have been imported much, unless they were thrown in to fill out the shipping space, same as dried fruit.

    Makes you realize how fragile our food supply really is…

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    • Not forgetting also that it was difficult to import food, due to the fact the enemy liked sinking our ships!

      My nan often talks to me of rationing food; she often sings the 40s praises (as I’ve heard many an old lady do as I work in a museum and they’re always talking about the olden days! I love it). Anyway my nan told me this recipe for chocolate spread:

      2tbsps Mashed potato
      As much cocoa powder as you could afford to spare.

      1. Mix it up and let it cool
      2. Eat!

      I’ve tried it, and it isn’t as rank as it sounds. As long as you don’t salt the water you boil the potatos in, the cocoa powders masks the taste pretty well.

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      • Hi Leigh- OMG! I have NEVER heard of that one- I HAVE to try it and put it on here! Should you add sugar? Let me know and I’ll make it and take a photo ASAP

        Yes the rationed food of course was the food in your diet necessary for health and it was simply rationed to make surethat prince or pauper was fed the essentials- just because something was off ration didn’t make it available. As you say it all depended when supplies got through….it must have been very difficult times!

        C xx

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  12. Hello from the US! I haven’t read all of the comments but am greatly enjoying this blog thus far. I have been looking into the Feingold diet for the health of my children, basically it cuts out preservatives, artificial colors and salicylates. It’s sort of an elimination diet that is said to help with ADD symptoms and PDD symptoms. All that to say that the investigation of that diet, led me to look further into the diet of the 1940’s/50’s and that is how I found your blog. =)

    Have you heard of the PBS series called 1940’s house? I ordered it from netflix.com and really enjoyed it. I learned a lot from the little series.

    I’ve gardened for 2 years now, and really felt satisfied knowing that my own hands have provided for our family and lessened our food bill, even if only by a little. I would love to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle and make the most off the land. For now though, it’s baby steps for us.

    Thanks again for the recipes, and recording your journey. How are you doing now? How are you feeling? Now I am off to peruse your menus more fully. 😉

    Jenn

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  13. Hi I am a parent of a child with an ASD. I can confirm that a low preservative, colouring and sugar diet do help his behaviour. I also give him 1000mg of omega 3 fish oil 3 times a day and that really helps him…without it he zones out!

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  14. Hey Jenn!! The 1940’s house- oh my its one of my favourites! I have the DVD SOMEWHERE in my house and can’t wait to find it again so I can watch it!

    Actually you are so right- going back to simple, unprocessed foods really moves away from all the artificial colours, preservatives etc that I am sure cause so many problems especially in the hyper sensitive… and YES growing your own is absolutely the very best way of getting the best and the freshest food of all (used to grow quite a bit back in the Uk before moving to Canada but alas that has fallen by the wayside)….

    What things to you grow?

    Have things improved since you’ve changed your children’s diet?

    MLA- what significant differences did you see in your child?

    C xx

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  15. The first difference was extreme…white sugar. This sent him extremely hyperactive with very deep lows after the reaction. I replaced that with honey and the hyperactivity stopped for that area.

    Next colours would make hyperactive again but also irritable, a certain blue tubular sweet was the absolute worst and at 18 months he was head banging if he had just one of them!

    Preservatives just made him feel lousy and miserable.

    As for fizzy drinks, in particular one made ‘from girders’ we had everything…hyperactivity, screaming, crying, despair followed by very deep lows when the reaction wore off. The diet vision was even worse!

    One of his worst areas now is shop bought pizza’s. It’s the sauce. I have to peel him off the ceiling if he mistakenly eats one.

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    • Very interesting! I’m a chronic migraineur, and food colourings can induce shattering attacks. Reds and yellows are the worst, but blues can also be bad – and many icecreams contain blues to make them look whiter. Chronic migraineurs have a different insulin metabolism to non-migraineurs, so sugars and refined starches (like white flour) send my body into a hypoglycaemic tizzy. Of course, starches are simply longchain sugars, so that makes sense.

      When my children were young, I could tell immediately if their father had given them soda or crisps. My son would often get a migraine and my daughter would have tantrums, which a chunk of cheese would usually resolve. Unfortunately nothing but time resolved my son’s headaches. Even more unfortunately, my ex-husband would never accept the evidence that junk foods harmed the children, made it into a big power struggle, and sneaked stuff to the kids. Once they hit their teens, he also gave them cigarettes and alcohol. I’m sorry I waited so long to divorce him!

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  16. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and find it fascinating! I’m bookmarking it right now.

    I’m in the process of losing weight but definitely do not have the time to devote the energy you are (plus I cook just for me…well mainly for me, and my roommates when they grab my leftovers).

    HOWEVER with money being tight for so many people around the world I’m just wondering if you’re finding that you’re spending more or less money on groceries since you’re following this new diet?

    Keep it up, I look forward to following your own journey while I go on mine.:)

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    I apologize for taking so long in response, I only have intermittent internet access.

    This year we grew lettuce, tomatoes, cukes, green and red peppers, jalapenos, zucchini and butternut squash. We had the most unseasonable weather and a TON of rain so everyone had mixed results with their gardens. I didn’t get nearly as much as I normally would have during typical seasons. I did get a TON of tomatoes.

    I think the improvements we’ve seen have been subtle, and we notice mostly when we go off track. We have some family staying with us starting last week, and my nephew has to use a special cream for his ear since he has an itching issue with it, and he has not used his cream once all week! That is a very noticeable improvement.

    We’re not even doing the Feingold program strictly, we are simply making scratch meals. It’s a ton of work but it’s worth it! I am blessed enough to stay home and homeschool our children, we have 3 in school and the younger 3 at home, so that certainly helps. I can imagine as we slowly make more changes we can expect even better results.

    I have a child with PDD, but also one with ADD (not hyperactivity, just very very tough for him to focus and he is often in the “zone”–so much so that he actually came out “borderline PDD” on the forms the teacher filled out last year for his psychologist. I don’t believe he is on the spectrum but his ADD is so pronounced it can seem it at times) I have heard the improvements in learning and school work often take a bit more time to come around.

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  18. I love your blog, and am eagerly awaiting the mock banana…(I can’t imagine what it is).

    I wish you all the luck in the world for your goals.

    Nadine

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    • Hey Nadine thanks for your comment and kind words- I have seriously meant to do the MOCK BANANA for an age….my video camera is poised as I want to try it out on my kids and capture their honest reaction- will it taste like banana or not?? I promise to get this done soon…..first I have to bribe my kids… C xx

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  20. Hi- have brought this section up to date this morning and have a number of new recipes to add this week so check back (will be on front page of blog too)

    Thanks

    Cxx

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  21. Page now updated. 30 recipes recreated in total so far- only another 70 to go!

    If you have a wartime recipe you’d like to see re-created please let me know and I’ll try to oblige.

    OK- must fly- gotta go to work!

    C xx

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    • Thanks Rebecca! I think so! I like the fact that

      a) Am losing weight IF I control my portion size of stuff like bread and custard (yep I sneak way too much of that stuff!)
      b) Its saves me money (cut all modern junk food and drinks out of your life apart from your sweet/candy ration, and you’ll find you save a ton of money)

      it isn’t easy being surrounded by modern yummies that lick your face as you pass them in the store and I have succumbed occasionally (only human- although that is in doubt at certain times of the month) but sticking to this way of eating is making me feel better.

      Thanks so much for reading

      C xxx

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  22. The people who lived on rations also led very active lives. There were no washing machines or vacuum cleaners for ordinary people. Lots of walking was done and on top of a ten hour working day people tended their gardens and allotments.

    Many also had other duties after work – depending on age. Fire watching, air raid warden, home guard, people took on evacuees with all the extra work children bring. Women were conscripted into factories for the war effort.

    This is why people were thin, fit and healthy, which was just as well because there was no health service and doctors were in short supply on the home front. Loads of calories were burnt doing all that needed to be done.

    My mother was conscripted into a factory making parts for guns. One night a week she worked as a volunteer on the local railway station giving tea and refreshments to the many trains of servicemen. Those going back after leave who had no money were not left with no tea, snacks and cigarettes. Mum would go back to work straight from the station. She was also expected to help on the allotment in her spare time.

    There were many poor people who benefitted from rationing as it was the first time they had a good balanced diet. It was not allowed not to take your rations. Children’s health and the infant mortality rate dropped dramatically as a result of the rationing of food.

    Although people grumbled about rationing, it did give a feeling that everyone was pulling together, in the same boat. Although my grandmother would not be persuaded that the royal Family lived on rations!

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    • Loved reading your comment Isabelle…. our grandmothers and mothers worked incredibly hard. I think keeping very busy and all working together helped people get through this awful period of time. Yes we live quite sedentary lives in comparison now…..

      C xx

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      • do you have a recipe for a genuine ww2 Christmas pudding please . my grandmother was only a young girl at the time and doesn’t remember how her mother did it.its for my daughter and her school friends as there topic is ww2 .xx

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  23. “all working together ”

    Something else that is sadly lacking from our society these days…it’s all me, me. me and myself now…………

    or may be I am just gettng old!

    Jenn as far as I am aware ADD or ADHD as it’s also know as is on the spectrum

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  24. I’ve just finished a huge GCSE courswork project about this, and I’m so frustrated I didn’t find this website sooner!
    My project centred around how changing the modern diet to reflect aspects of the Second World War rationed diet could improve health, and you certainly seem to be proving me right here, haha.
    As far as recipes go, I’m very keen for you to try the ‘eggless mayonnaise’. It’s… delightful. I can provide a recipe, if you dare try it.
    Good luck with the rest of your recipes!

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  25. I am so glad I found this site. I had an idea of doing something like this for a while myself for pretty much the same reasons as you ( weight gain + weirdness = brilliant ideas ).

    My own weight struggle had lead me a few years ago to becoming diabetic, which lead me to a nutrionist who told me to ease up on the carbs. Sounds manageable. Then my paycheck-already small- began to shrink even more and I began having to feed my family ( a mother and brother, both on disability) from the “low-income” lines. You know what they serve there? Pasta, Lasagna, rice, and everything else that was on my “you shouldn’t be eating all this” list. Plus some shelf milk and a can of green beans. Going by what I’ve read in many “cooking on a budget” cookbooks, that’s standard fare. Faced with a choice between eating that or letting my brother “grocery shop” ( instant pasta and cheeses/ burgers and fries 4 days a week, Chinese fast food 1 day, pizza and breadsticks the next, Mexican take-out the next. Dont forget the sodas.) I researched living like this. After all, people during this time period managed to live fine with a little money, and without turning needing to add “yes I’d like fries with that.” to everything they ate. So I’ve been trying it and so far so good ( though I did give in on buy chocolate that was on sale extra cheap, it’s been squirreled away as a extra special treat )

    What I’d like to know is how do you manage when you go out to eat? It’s one thing going grocery shopping (or worse. I’m trying to follow your lead, but I work in retail…in the market section… putting things in freezers. Sometimes it’s like the toaster pastries are mocking me. ) But when going out with friends, co-workers, or family do you find yourself looking at the menus and thinking “Okay. It’s the 1940’s. Everybody’s rationing. What’s on this menu that wouldn’t shock my grandmother?’ ” (For example. Ketchup/catsup/that-gooey-red-stuff has been around since 1897 at least, but how much was available and would you be encouraged to use it?)

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  26. Fabulous blog…just found it. Haven’t time now to read properly because I’m off to rehearse for our 40’s Blitz party night in London N8. BUT I’m responsible for food at this event. Really think spam sandwiches a big turn off but just made my mum’s date loaf, which I think was a wartime recipe. Incredibly easy, keeps well and nutritious…have you come acrossd this at all? maybe its 10 years later….must run….please reply if you have any ideas and DO come along if you live around the area!

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  27. Hi
    I would love to follow this idea, I really need to lose weight (am at least 10 stone overweight) but nothing seems to be working for me at the moment. I think this would be great but I also have to cook for my hubby who is a typical man so difficult to cater for (unless it is sweet or meat) and we are living on a pension so money is always tight. Have you worked out a way of cooking for the family without complaints, lol. If so, please share, also could you please publish the full weekly ration for the times

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  28. love your blog! have you ever watched bbc’s foyle’s war, got me interested in what life was like during rationing and all that. which led me here!

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  29. Heya.
    I’m myself from England so I hopefully could shed a light on some things here. For one curry (very popular over here,yes) but it was not an essential part of the war effort, due to lack of spices etc beiong imported. A lot of food import was stopped during WW2 so hence the lack of exotic spices/flavourings in recipies. In England we had the saying “make do”, where we used what we could and mended what was broken.
    I hope this helps answer a few questions.

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  31. Its commendable, not to say ever so slightly weird, to embark this sort of thing- you must be so dedicated.

    I’ve read the comments on here and i must say many seem to only want to write about the positive side of wartime rationing.

    I’m British, and i remember my nan and grandad telling me about the food (my grandfather had worked for the food company Crosses and Blackwell prior to the war and was a quartermaster (doling out the food) during his service time in Greece) rationing and they most certainly did not have all good things to say!

    My nan was always keen to remind everyone when rationing was discussed that although you have a ration book for a certain amount of food, it DID NOT mean you could get the food. Fresh meat was rare and often unpalatable, vegetables were extremely seasonal and hard to get, fruit was almost none existent etc, etc, etc …

    What i most remember from my nan was that she said the photos of the time simply didn’t show how bad everyone’s skin was and how lank their hair was because of the lack of nutrients they were getting. My nan said people had sores, often got colds- let’s not forget fuel was scarcer too- and no-one was all that healthy.

    Today you can follow a ration diet, but you can choose to do a recipe and find any of the fresh ingredients available at any time. You can choose a to do a lighter, summery dish in the winter should you choose, but remember they could not.

    My nan lived in both the city and the countryside during the war with her daughter (my aunt who was born in 1943) and it made a real difference to the food you could get.

    Having said all that, many of the poorest people of Britain ate better during rationing than prior to it- its documented just how shocked Armed Forces doctors really were about the nutriently difficient the young men of Britain. I know that my nan said prior to the mid-1930s they often went to bed hungry (my nan was born in 1914).

    On a final note of gloom and doom- lets not forget that rationing in Britain lasted into the 1950s, in the case of some items, rationing lasted for 13 years. I’m sure living on such a constrained diet was tedious and wearing, especially after the war ended.

    Oh, by the way have you ever tried Piccalilly? Yes its disgusting in colour, texture and the choice of ingredients, but is certainly hot… oh and its disgusting in taste. One thing my grandad said was available as flavouring was Coleman’s mustard powder (one of the colours in Piccalilly) and this is something to be used sparingly as its as hot as a chilli.

    Good luck!

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  32. I found out about your blog only this morning. I was skimming through it and I saw a recipe that I want to try. It involved toast, cheese and mashed potatoes. I can’t find it now that I have time to write it down. Can you help me out?

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    • This may be what you are looking for. The cheese ration was very small and I can remember my mother boiling and mashing a potato, adding grated cheese, salt and pepper , before piling it over hot toast, then grilling it until well browned.

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  33. I discovered your website yesterday. I’ve always been fascinated by WWll recipes and rationing. I saw your recipes and noticed that the Beef Bourguignon 1940′s Ration Style recipe didn’t have the finished Method posted. Can you tell me what it is. When will you be posting the rest of the recipes? I can’t wait to see them!

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  34. Hi,
    I work as a cook in a residential home, on the 3rd for february we will be having a 1940’s tea party. i would like to thank you for all the great resipes on this website.

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  35. Hi Carolyn
    Do keep up with this challenge and thanks for posting all your recipes here.

    I did finish typing up my mother’s notes from WW2, and now have bought a few books on this topic.

    Some of them are:
    Victory Cookbook & Feeding the Nation by Marguerite Pattern OBE
    These two cookbooks have all recipes from We’ll Eat Again, The Victory Cookbook and Post-War Kitchen in both. I did buy Post-War Kitchen one but as I had it in these books, I donate it to our local council library as they didn’t have any of them in their libraries.

    Eating for Victory and Make Do and Mend
    Which are reproductions of official Second World War instruction leaflets.

    Yesterday I found another one from this period

    Food Facts for Kitchen Front
    Reproduced from the original 1941 edition it’s printed just like cookbooks from that period
    I haven’t had time to read it yet but it look like a few different recipes there.

    (Kitty)

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  36. Hi …………During the war years my granny used to make some home made sor of toffee. It used dried eggs, dried milk and some other ingreadients and was flovoured with peppermint, rolled flat ans cut into pieces, itwas like a fudge sweet………..can anybody remember it and if so can you tell me how it was made ………thanks Phil a was baby …………………..

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    • A favoutie wartime treat was a paper poke [paper rolled into a narrow cone] filled with a mix of oatmeal and a very small amount of sugar. It was eaten by dipping a finger into the mix, a slow process that prolonged the treat.

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  37. Hi …………During the war years my granny used to make some home made sort of toffee. It used dried eggs, dried milk and some other ingreadients and was flovoured with peppermint, rolled flat ans cut into pieces, it was like a fudge sweet………..can anybody remember it and if so can you tell me how it was made ………thanks Phil a war baby …………………..

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  38. Hey, great to see you back at it! It’s funny, l took a break too but l am determined to see it through this year. I have found so much more information on the Dig for Victory campaign and even some old film of the great man himself, Mr Middleton. Call by sometime and good luck for the future.

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  39. You know, it is funny. I grew up on a farm in Northern Maine, and we ate a lot like this for many years because we were rather poor. Who knew we were living healthier then than in decades to come…that was the 1960’s.

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  41. Hi, I’m not sure if you’re still going, but found this all v interesting as I’m about to start a similar experiment. What interests me is the number of puddingy recipes – suspect these were a way of alleviating the monotony of the main courses. We’ve just got 3 chickens which are about to come into lay, so I’ll be supplementing with my own eggs – something we were all encouraged to do (my grandfather,father in law, next door neighbour and several other people I know of that generation all kept layer chickens, who were also rationed so any scraps went to feeding the chicks. After they’d dropped off egg laying they’d be destined for the pot – needless to say I shan’t be doing that with my girls!)

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  42. to many additives and e nos in our food today as kids we were outside running around, to much tv computer and junk food no interacting

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  43. i’d recommend Farmhouse Fare the wartime editions, recipes from the Farmhouse Weekly if you grow tons of veg its brilliant , National Mark Calendar of Cooking any edition 30s through to 50s produced by the Ministry of Agriculture. , rationing still went on after the war and the recipes reflect this.

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  44. Hi,
    I love your idea of a 1940’s rationing diet. In talking to my Granny it was mentioned that during the war food rationing helped, but many things Granny couldn’t get, and her husband (who died in the war) would be expected to eat on base and not at home, so she had to save her rations for meat and such for when he could come home on the weekends. She also said that everyone could grow carrots, but not many other vegetables if they were in the city and didn’t have a large garden space. Another thing… she ate cottage cheese and tomatoes for lunch everyday, it was not rationed and easily to get. Most of her rations went to taking care of her new baby, her dying mother, so she ate little bits through out the day. I have heard that this grazing way of eating helps keep your blood sugar level and your able to burn fat easier. It was hard, but at 87 she is still going just like the little blue engine.

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    • Hi Debbie! Hehehe nice to meet a fellow partner in crime!!! It’s a fascinating topic though isn’t it… kinda makes you realize how little we need in the way of basic necessities in reality… problem is we are surrounded by so much choice! I’d love to hear how you are getting on with this! c xxx

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  46. Such a great idea!!
    You should try finding a recipe for national loaf or wheaties. Because most breakfast cereals were imported, 1940s housewives made ‘wheaties’ out of cubes of stale bread and ate them in a bowl with milk like cereal!

    I was intrigued and inspired to try living a wartime ration lifestyle firstly to see what is was like and what you can come up with and also to lose weight as a bonus nd hopefully save money too
    . I grew up in UK but now live in New Zealand in a town that grows a lot of potatoes, onions and Kumara (sweet potato). So unlike 1940s I often have a pantry full of onions and wish there was a creative thrifty recipe to include them! (in ware time they were so rare, onions got raffled off for the equivalent of hundreds of dollars apparently)

    Have been tempted to have ‘potato sandwiches today though!!

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  47. I’ve been enjoying this blog for a few days now but I’ve come to realise how lucky I am – I’ve discovered that I was brought up on a wartime diet and then just carried on and fed my children on it too! I’m glad it has a name! I’ve never really understood why people bother with highly processed foods, and I now realise that this is because I’ve never had much to do with them. Ignorance is bliss eh?
    I certainly don’t need to lose weight but actually this is the ideal diet for everyone, especially those who can’t / can’t afford to go shopping or who hate shopping like I do.

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  48. Thank you. This blog is a great source of information. I’m writing a novel that is set in WW2 and need to make a meal between a newly married couple in the kitchen of their new home authentic. Thank you to everyone for writing down their experiences, in what they cooked and the recipes they used – especially the infomation about the lack of onions, which I had forgotten. Best wishes, Madalyn

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    • That sounds great Madalyn! Yes if people were buying and not growing vegetables, onions were not in plentiful supply so many recipes use leeks instead.C xxx

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  49. My mother used to make chocolate spread during the war. (There were 8 of us) She used dried milk, castor sugar, cocoa, vanilla, warm water, melted marg. BUT I don’t know if she heated it up or not. She never did write instructions down. Has anyone heard of this? I would love to know if this should be boiled or if it should be mixed only as I normally do.

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  50. After going through most of the recipes I have to say I do believe it was a very healthy diet, much less sugar than today’s processed foods and recipes too. Also, I don’t think fats were overused. Looking forward to trying many of these recipes. Thanks so much.

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  51. Came across this when I was looking for Victory Hamburgers. During WWII my church had a food tent at the county fair in Hillsdale, Michigan. One of the things they served was Victory Hamburgers which were just Sloppy Joes made with hamburg. They may have served other foods with “winning names” I was born in 1940 so I do not remember a lot about the war other than everyone had a Victory Garden and some boys from our town died.

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  53. Get outta town! Well done you! I am the size of a house, and have a lot of health issues (cancer, etc., I must be the only guy who got fat cancer LOL!) I was reading this diet and with all my intestinal problems it is actually more easily digestible, I think I will give it a whirl.
    Keep up the good work, thanks for responding and posting the recipes. You should put together a book!

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  54. Hi … I will create 1 wartime recipe for every lb I lose and my aim is to lose 100 lbs within one year. I’ve lost about 52 lbs and created 60 something recipes so am on track…

    Keep checking back as I have new recipes going up all the time..

    In reality I think there will be way more than 100 by October 1st 2012

    C xxxx

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  59. I’m playing devil’s advocate today with this recipe…

    This fudge was made by the women back home to ship to their men serving over seas during WWII. I’ve seen several recipes for this fudge, this one uses few ingredients and produces a very good treat. I make it at Christmas and everyone loves it.

    Soldier’s Fudge

    Equipment:
    Saucepan
    spatulas
    8×8 square pan. Trim wax paper to fit the width of the pan, leaving enough length to hang over the sides used to lift out the fudge.

    1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
    1 12oz bag chocolate chips ( I prefer semi-sweet)
    2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    Optional Ingredients:
    nuts, fruit, (dried cherries work well), marshmellows. Different extracts work well also, orange is a good one, or mint, whatever you want to use.

    Put squares of baking chocolate in a pan and melt on the lowest setting on the burner. A double boiler will work also. When melted, add the chocolate chips. Melt the chips slowly, stirring constantly. When the chocolate is completely melted, add the milk, stirring to mix it in well and let it heat through.
    Remove from heat and mix in vanilla. At this point you can add any optional ingredients you wish to use.
    Quikly pour into prepared pan and let it cool completely. Lift the fudge out of the pan and cut into squares…then enjoy!

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  60. Wow this is amazing. It will be interesting to see if this is actually healthy though. It’s one thing to lose weight another to do it healthily!

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  61. Have you seen ‘The Supersizers’ series? They did a WWII ration-diet week, and both presenters were healthier at the end according to their post-diet checkups. My husband and I do WWII Home Guard (Perthshire and Hampshire)/American brigade impressions, so we are always looking for more information. I would love to buy more WWII-era ladies’ magazines and cookbooks, though I do have my husband’s grandmother’s Mrs. Beeton’s that included some wartime recipe clippings. Thanks for all of the helpful hints and recipes.

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  62. Hi there:) These are wartime rations from the UK but in the book I am writing I’ll be incorporating info, from a historical perspective and will include allowances from other countries too

    Here is the weekly ration allowance for one adult in the 1940’s… (remember that in addition to this people were encouraged to incorporate lots of fruit and veggies into their diets and grow even more in their back gardens!)

    Weekly ration for 1 adult

    Bacon & Ham 4 oz
    Meat to the value of 1 shilling and sixpence (around about 1/2 lb minced beef)
    Butter 2 oz
    Cheese 2 oz
    Margarine 4 oz
    Cooking fat 4 oz
    Milk 3 pints
    Sugar 8 oz
    Preserves 1 lb every 2 months
    Tea 2 oz
    Eggs 1 fresh egg per week
    Sweets/Candy 12 oz every 4 weeks
    In addition to this a points system was put in place which limited your purchase of tinned or imported goods. 16 points were available in your ration book for every 4 weeks and that 16 points would enable you to purchase for instance, 1 can of tinned fish or 2lbs of dried fruit or 8 lbs of split peas.

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  63. I have a question about a war time meal…In researching what the people were eating during WWII I keep seeing a reference to potato sandwiches. Is there a recipe for this or was it just mashed potatoes on bread?
    I’ve been doing this diet for a couple of months and have tried many of the recipes you have posted…all of them very good. But I’m looking for some more variety and would like to try the potato sandwich.
    I’ve lost a little bit of weight but won’t know how much until next month when I go to my doctors, I don’t have access to a scale. Thanks, Sue

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    • I find the BBC’s Peoples War section really useful http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/58/a8874958.shtml to read about people’s real homefront experiences

      QUOTE “Luckily my Mum was a good cook. She cooked us plain and simple food that tasted delicious. Some of the food I particularly remember was Ox tail or rabbit soup with pearl barley. I seem to remember it lasting a long time possibly all week. It was reheated with different vegetables added from time to time depending on what she could get and it was always bubbling away on the black grate cooking range. Didn’t do us any harm and I remember it tasted delicious. You knew what you were eating in those days. No additives or fancy ingredients.
      I also remember mashed potato spread on bread to make a sandwich — lovely. We didn’t go in for fancy puddings but her bread pudding was wonderful.”……

      Good luck Sue!!

      C xx

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  64. Thanks Carolyn, I had seen the BBC’s People’s War site before but missed the stories on the food. I’ll check that out.
    For the potato sandwiches I just made a batch of eggless mayonnaise, added some diced celery and different spices and Bob’s your uncle….potato sandwich. It was rather good actually.
    Something else I finally tried was Skelly. They had served it in the communal restaurants in Great Britain. I had the recipe but to be quite frank…it looked disgusting, like throw-up in a pot. But, once I got passed the looks of it, it was really quite tasty. So there’s another one I’ll be making again.
    Take care and keep up the good work. Or should that be Keep Calm and Carry On?!
    Sue

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  65. Hi, we lived on war rations for 6 years and thoroughly enjoyed it – had no choice at the time. It is so engrained in us now we still use similar rations. We incorporate them currently into pro point recipes which we also love.

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  66. hi i am from England and for over 10yrs have developed I.B.S it as caused me a lot of problems such as weight gain, intolerences to certain foods that i just cannot put my fingers on i have tried gluten-free diets ,also dairy- free diets they all work for a while but i seem to lose interest after a while and want to eat the rubbish that you get (fast foods ) can i use a 40’s diet and use gluten free flour and soya milk but come to think of it i have started to eat everything with gluten and dairy in and just kept to the soya milk and i feel fine do you think they put something in the fresh milk today !

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  68. I’m 12 weeks pregnant but I have been eating rubbish out of convenience and feel like rubbish for it. My husband has gone out in sympathy and also looks 12 weeks pregnant LOL. I try to give my 2.5 year old a good evening meal with some form of meat and veg most nights, but I know we’re not setting a very good example by eating take away twice a week either.
    Am going to try a week of this, making sure I get enough fruit and veg (don’t want to starve my unborn), and hopefully my husband and I will be feeling better for it.

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  69. I’m glad I’m not the only one to have tried this! We’re in England and have a large family (7 children), unfortunately, rubbish quality food is more affordable (obviously) than the better quality stuff, and I worry that I’m setting my children up to follow me into obesity!

    I do love doing the older recipes, but my husband and 2 of my children are incrediably fussy eaters, refusing fruit, veg and anything with a sauce/gravy…which rules out the majority of decent food. I go shopping with all the right intentions, but by the time I’ve brought the unavoidable essentials (like loo roll), i can’t afford ‘real’ meat or even corned beef, and end up with smartprice sausages again!

    Right now we are (slowly) turning our front and back gardens into a mini allotment/kitchen garden, my hope is, that not only will this provide us with low cost fruit and veg, but also if the children help with planting, watering and harvesting then they may be more inclined to eat the fruit and veg too! The stuff I’ve grown in the past tastes so different to the shop brought version – i honestly thought I didn’t like carrots, until I tied a home grown one! I have to admit, I have changed my ideals from trying to grow what I eat, to eating whatever I can grow! I just can’t manage to get parsnips to germinate! I would be very interested in any old recipes for ‘native’ fruit and veg (as they tend to be easier to grow, although I’m aware ‘native’ is a relative term!).

    The local secondary school was having a clear out when demolishing an old part of the building to upgrade their facilities, and they discovered some old journals dating back to pre-war. Some of the more interesting enteries are from during the wartime, with the children going out en mass to pick blackberries in the local hedgerows…they used the blackberries to make jam and sold it to help with school funds! They also turned the playing fields into a vegetable garden and the children all had to spend some time working in it each week! I think teens today would scream of illegal child labour nowadays, but it seems to have been fully accepted back then. The veg was used to supply the school kitchen, but I don’t know if that was for childrens’ dinners, staff meals or both.

    An interesting thing I have noticed for myself, is that if I work in the garden, even just weeding for 20 minutes, my swollen legs go down significantly over night that night.I have high BP, and no meds were working to stabilise my BP and water retention means my feet and legs are always swollen. Walking makes them worse, as does standing for long periods of time…yet time pottering around in amongst what fruit and veg we have so far seems to be helping more than my GP can (he’s basically told me to lose weight or die and washed his hands of me). I can’t help but think some of the nation’s health during WWII must have been to do with the time the people had to spend in their veg patch or allotment, and if other schools were making the children help (I doubt our school was the only one), then it would have applied to children as adults.

    Anyway, I’m going to try some of the recipes and see if I can get the family interested! By the way, are you using dried eggs as part of your diet, or substituting them for the equivalent in real ones? If you’re using dried ones, where on earth do you get them from?!

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  70. Have just found this blog. How interesting!! Was looking because I have been thinking of doing a WWII Ration Food Plan experiment myself. Still in the research and, OH MY COULD I POSSIBLY DO THIS, stages of planning. Just watched The Supersizers Go AGAIN–this one was the war ration times and, realized as I was watching it, there is TONS of evidence that during this time of ration, people lost weight and became more healthy. Wondered if I could be motivated enough to stick with it simply because of the theme. I am from the the US, have an aunt from the UK, and the UK seems like home to me when I visit there. Maybe that’s part of it, too. Thank you so much for this tailor-made site. You, your dedication and your work on this site is inspiring!!

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    • OMG!! I moved to Canada in 2004 and don’t have cable or satellite TV so I had never heard about “The Supersizers Go”…. I looked on YouTube and found the wartime one and watched it all into the early hours of the morning. It was such a hoot and informative in a fun way- LOVED IT!!! I’ll embed the videos on my blog so others can enjoy them!!!

      Now tonight I’m going to cook a Woolton Pie again- this time the pastry version one (the one I recreated for the blog last time was based on the Savoy Hotel recipe (it was a little posher with white sauce and piped mashed potato on top)… I’m craving a big piece of pie with gravy!!!

      Please let me know how you get on and if you try it at all..

      It was interesting to see the difference just a week made by them eating 1940s

      C xxxxx

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  71. how can I unsubscribe & have my email address removed from wordpress? I’ve clicked onto “unsubscribe” & get taken to the wordpress “subscribe” page instead.

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    • Did you want to unsubscribe from my blog? Let me know and I’ll take a look and see if I can unsubscribe you… or are you wanting to unsubscribe from WordPress completely? I’m not sure on that one but I’ll certainly see if I can find out for you later this evening when I have some free time

      C xxx

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  73. Hi Carolyn! love this blog… cant wait for the book!! quick question…. Do you think you will stay on rations and this type of diet / way of eating indefinitely?

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    • I will ABSOLUTELY take the concept of eating simply, locally and with very few processed foods in my life forward and will continue to still keep cooking recipes and keep updating my blog…however I will not live 100% 1940s as there are so many wonderful vegan dishes I am desperate to try and I do miss some of the more spicy ethnic dishes.

      The whole idea was to try and stick to an authentic wartime ration diet for a while year to see what effect it had on my health and my weight, I’m going to have blood work done at the end of it too and see what the difference is.. I’ve managed to do that with only a handful of days in the year where I decided to have a day off such as our vegan potluck where I worked plus Christmas (although I have to say that what I had on Christmas day was pretty much what was available in the 1940s!)

      I’ve loved doing this and in many ways don’t want to give it up so I’ll definitely continue in part and use the lessons I have learned to get to my ultimate weight loss goal xxxx

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  75. My flatmate absolutely loves vintage things and so to celebrate her birthday we decided to throw her a surprise Blitz party where we get dressed up, blackout the windows, listen to 1940’s music and have a few rationing treats and I searched high and low on the internet for recipes but yours were both the most numerous and the most delicious looking. Thanks to you my flatmate will have a birthday to remember and I can surprise my gran with a few of her childhood meals. Thanks so much for posting the blog.

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  77. Great site. Have you heard of depression cakes? Trying to remember the recipe my mother-in-law showed me years over 20 years ago. It was a tea biscuit type bread with currants.

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  78. Hi Carolyn, have you ever tried making parsley honey (aka heather honey)? It was used in the WWII as a substitute for bee honey. It also tastes delicious, can be used as a tonic and and an aid to digestion. If you’re interested in the recipe, let me know.

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  79. Hi Carolyn

    Here’s the recipe. The measurements are in “UK measurements”.

    Parsley Honey (aka mock Heather Honey)

    5 oz Parsley (roughly chopped including stalks)
    1 lb Sugar (more if you are using unrefined sugar)
    1.5 pints water
    1/2 tsp vinegar (distilled white vinegar is best)

    Boil the water in a pan and then add the parsley. Continue to boil until the amount of liquid has reduced to one pint. At this point take the pan off the heat and strain the liquid into a container.

    You are going to use the boiled liquid so discard the rest of the parsley, preferably on the compost heap. Place the strained liquid into a clean pan and add the sugar.

    Boil this until the consistency is that of syrup. Then take off the boil, and add the vinegar. Don’t worry that it is still rather liquid. Pour into jars, and let them cool overnight. The next morning the liquid will have gelled.

    Apparently, the flavour is similar to that of heather honey, but it is very delicate, whilst it leaves a lasting aftertaste. Very enjoyable, and cheap!

    Cheers
    Bev xx

    PS: I am also sending you a link to a free online wartime cookbook called the “War Economy Recipe Book” – from NZ. It’s mainly to do with baking, but I’m sure you can Carolynise it – hehehe. http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WarEcon.html

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  80. Hi Carolyn, I know the parsley honey recipe does say refined sugar (as it was WWII) but feel free to replace the sugar for a healthier substitute. Bev xxx

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  81. Hi, to all viewers, my mother was a great chef for several of these recipes,as she was in her early teens during ww2. She is now in her late 70’s but will still be willing to help everyone out there is is eager to make ww2 dishes but struggle with them.
    Cherly Lyoyd xoxoxoxoxoxox

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  82. Hi, here is a recipe my Mum still makes. It is for boiled fruit cake:

    half pint of tea (water can be used instead)
    3oz of fat, marg or lard
    3oz caster sugar
    3oz any dried fruit
    10oz plain flour
    3 tsps baking powder
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    pinch of salt
    1 tsp mixed spice

    Heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6/Fan 180C. Put the tea, fat, sugar and fruit in a pan. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool slightly. Meanwhile mix together all the dried ingredients. Add the liquid and beat well. Pour into a greased cake tin. Place in over for 45 minutes. Turn heat to 190C/375F/Gas 6/Fan 170C and bake for a further 45 minutes. It is done when an inserted knife comes out clean.

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  86. would you like my recipe for war time deep fried chicken?? it uses ingredients from household rations and restaurant rations during ww2 ???

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  87. Hi Carolyn,

    I know that you are big on organic and back-to-basics, and I was wondering if you ever used Speerville products in your recipes? If you have never heard of them, they are a flour mill in New Brunswick that stone grind all their own flours and source all kinds of local basics (from oats to dried beans). They have a large organic selection, and I find that when buying in bulk they are cheaper than the supermarkets.

    I don’t work for them, I just really like their products and it’s always good to support local. I live in PEI and we can readily buy small quantities in Superstore and Sobey’s, but we have organized a Speerville group to get them to deliver bulk items to the island for better selection and prices.

    I always think it’s worth considering for people like you who cook from scratch and are (like many of us!) on a budget.

    http://www.speervilleflourmill.ca/

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    • i think i solved the kfc ingredients by accident useing some ingredients from war time rations packs issued to homes between 1940 and 44.

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  90. (September 2009)

    Lining up at the Rationing Board office, New Orleans, 1943Rationing is often instituted during wartime for civilians as well. For example, each person may be given “ration coupons” allowing him or her to purchase a certain amount of a product each month. Rationing often includes food and other necessities for which there is a shortage, including materials needed for the war effort such as rubber tires, leather shoes, clothing and gasoline.

    Military sieges often result in shortages of food and other essential consumables.

    The rations allocated to an individual are often determined based on age, sex, race or social standing. During the Siege of Lucknow in 1857 woman received three quarters the food ration a man received and children received only half.[4]:71 During the Siege of Ladysmith in 1900 white adults received the same food rations as soldiers while children received half that. Food rations for Indian people and Black people were significantly smaller.[5]:266-272

    Towards the end of the First World War, panic buying in the United Kingdom prompted rationing of first sugar, then meat, for the rest of the war. Rationing was common during World War II.

    Civilian peace time rationing of food may also occur, especially after natural disasters, during contingencies, or after failed governmental economic policies regarding production or distribution, the latter happening especially in highly centralized planned economies. Examples include the United Kingdom for almost a decade after the end of World War II, North Korea, China during the 1970s and 1980s, Communist Romania during the 1980s, the Soviet Union in 1990-1991, and Cuba today. This led to rationing in the Soviet Union, in Communist Romania, in North Korea and in Cuba, and austerity in Israel.

    [edit] United StatesThe United States did not have food rationing in World War I. Through slogans such as “Food Will Win the War”, “Meatless Mondays”, and “Wheatless Wednesdays”, the United States Food Administration under Herbert Hoover reduced national consumption by 15%.[6] In summer 1941 the British appealed to Americans to conserve food to provide more to go to Britons fighting in World War II. The Office of Price Administration warned Americans of potential gasoline, steel, aluminum, and electricity shortages.[7] It believed that with factories converting to military production and consuming many critical supplies, rationing would become necessary if the country entered the war. It established a rationing system after the attack on Pearl Harbor.[8]:133 Of concern for all parts of the country was a shortage of rubber for tires since the Japanese quickly conquered the rubber-producing regions of Southeast Asia.[9] Although synthetic rubber had been invented in the years preceding the war, it had been unable to compete with natural rubber commercially, so the USA did not have enough manufacturing capacity at the start of the war to make synthetic rubber. Throughout the war, rationing of gasoline was motivated by a desire to conserve rubber as much as by a desire to conserve gasoline.[9]

    “ We discovered that the American people are basically honest and talk too much. ”
    —A ration board member[8]:136

    Tires were the first item to be rationed by the OPA, which ordered the temporary end of sales on 11 December 1941 while it created 7,500 unpaid, volunteer three-person tire ration boards around the country. By 5 January 1942 the boards were ready. Each received a monthly allotment of tires based on the number of local vehicle registrations, and allocated them to applicants based on OPA rules.[8]:133 The War Production Board (WPB) ordered the temporary end of all civilian automobile sales on 1 January 1942, leaving dealers with one half million unsold cars. Ration boards grew in size as they began evaluating automobile sales in February (only certain professions, such as doctors and clergymen, qualified to purchase the remaining inventory of new automobiles), typewriters in March, and bicycles in May.[8]:124,133-135 Automobile factories stopped manufacturing civilian models by early February 1942 and converted to producing tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other military products, with the United States government as the only customer.[10] By June 1942 companies also stopped manufacturing for civilians metal office furniture, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines.[8]:118,124,126-127

    Civilians first received ration books—War Ration Book Number One, or the “Sugar Book”—on 4 May 1942,[11] through more than 100,000 schoolteachers, PTA groups, and other volunteers.[8]:137 A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber for tires.[9] Later that month volunteers again helped distribute gasoline cards in 17 Atlantic and Pacific Northwest states.[8]:138 To get a classification and rationing stamps, one had to appear before a local War Price and Rationing Board which reported to the OPA (which was jokingly said to stand for “Only a Puny A-card”). Each person in a household received a ration book, including babies and small children who qualified for canned milk not available to others. To receive a gasoline ration card, a person had to certify a need for gasoline and ownership of no more than five tires. All tires in excess of five per driver were confiscated by the government, because of rubber shortages. An “A” sticker on a car was the lowest priority of gasoline rationing and entitled the car owner to 3 to 4 gallons of gasoline per week. B stickers were issued to workers in the military industry, entitling their holder up to 8 gallons of gasoline per week. C stickers were granted to persons deemed very essential to the war effort, such as doctors. T rations were made available for truckers. Lastly, X stickers on cars entitled the holder to unlimited supplies and were the highest priority in the system. Ministers of Religion, police, firemen, and civil defense workers were in this category.[12] A scandal erupted when 200 Congressmen received these X stickers.[13]

    As of 1 March 1942, dog food could no longer be sold in tin cans, and manufacturers switched to dehydrated versions. As of 1 April 1942, anyone wishing to purchase a new toothpaste tube had to turn in an empty one.[8]:129-130 Sugar was the first consumer commodity rationed, with all sales ended on 27 April 1942 and resumed on 5 May with a ration of one half pound per person per week, half of normal consumption. Bakeries, ice cream makers, and other commercial users received rations of about 70% of normal usage.[11] Coffee was rationed nationally on 29 November 1942 to one pound every five weeks, about half of normal consumption, in part because of German U-boat attacks on shipping from Brazil.[14] By the end of 1942, ration coupons were used for nine other items.[8]:138 Typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, Silk, Nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled, and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood and coal, jams, jellies, and fruit butter were rationed by November 1943.[15] Many retailers welcomed rationing because they were already experiencing shortages of many items due to rumors and panics, such as flashlights and batteries after Pearl Harbor.[8]:133

    Medicines such as penicillin were rationed by a triage committee at each hospital.

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  95. Hi Carolyn,
    I’m a vegetarian. Your meaty gravy isn’t. Have you ever made it with the ground meat soy that Yves makes? How did it turn out, if you did?

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  97. My daughter is doing world war 2 at school and shes asked if for the up coming school half term if we can eat like we are on rations. The recepies look brilliant and r far better than the likes of jamie oliver! If this gets my girls eating more veg then it cant b bad! Made the eggless fruit cake and eldest who doesnt eat fruit loved it! And a lot less marge in it. Thank u for sharing these!

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  98. Only just discovered your lovely site. It’s fabulous, I love wartime rations and although not strictly, my children were brought up on very similar meals to these. They were never over weight and always very healthy.
    It is proper, sensible home cooking. I love it!
    Thankyou for inspiring me once again!

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  99. I am always looking for wartime recipes, and have a number of books myself. I’ve also looked on the internet for some other recipes, but I’m having trouble finding them. they are just basic ideas from Nella Lasts dairies, and I was wondering if you might be able to help. I’ve only got 9 listed so far, as I haven’t finished reading the books yet, and I’ve only managed to find about 2 that basically match the recipes. the 2 I have are lemon whip & rice pudding done with evaporated milk. There is also an orange whip (which might be the same as the lemon – not sure), Viennese bread rolls, flat cake made with meat, queen cakes flavoured with rum, Vienna bread with rum and marzipan, Freddie Grisewood’s potato cakes, and a suet pudding that has:- suet, bread, candied peel, egg, sweetened bun flour (?), and sultanas.

    I do hope you can help me, or maybe someone visiting the site can help
    thank you

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  101. Hello, I had been googling for wartime recipes for quite some time and have only just come across this, might I add; which is magnificent, the thing is I am currently pregnant and do not wish to diet. So my question is are these recipes for dieters only?

    Many Thanks x

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  102. There was a revised list for pregnant and nursing women, which took into account their extra nutritional needs. My grandmother was pregnant with her first child near the end of the war and successfully carried my uncle whilst on quite strict rationing. I firmly believe that living on the rationing whilst pregnant would be fine as long as you are using the ones designed for pregnant women and if your midwife or doctor tell you to up your iron or calcium, for example, add it to the diet.

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  104. You have a wonderful blog, Carolyn.. I enjoy it a great deal.. But..who are the arseholes who give a thumbs down to every comment? its just weird. People saying thank you get a thumbs down?

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  105. Hi
    You have done so well, I like you have tried every diet going with no avail.
    I am now on Cholesterol tablets and blood pressure tablets and weigh in at 315 llb. I would love to follow this, what are the portion sizes ? do you have a days menu breakfast, dinner, tea etc. ?
    Thanks in advance xx

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    • Sonia- I know you dont know me from a “can of paint”- BUT, I just txtd below saying how much i LUV this blog! Btw, i have never blogged anyone…well, my email is below yours (I’m Dr. Michael Miceli, a 64yr old fem archaeologist)…i have been bedbound for 6mos with a badly broken hip & leg…yup, i did that! I cannot even get up except to go to my doctor..! I am in bed with my seven dogs, yeah, ALL of them & gained 37lbs… Yikes, but my husb brings me whatever & i obviously cant move. So, i had to do something quick..it will be another 4mos! Yikes…takes time! So, my daughter came up with the solution thank heavens…pls email me at michael.miceli7@gmail.com…i live in kansas city, missouri, usa. I lost 24lbs in 2 1/2 mos! Couldnt believe it, but true…cant move & didnt know until my orthopedist weighed me! Unbelievable-dont despair..I can help…i hve abt 20lbs more to go ( yeah, i had a few lbs on me before). Sincerely, michael

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  106. I have sooooo enjoyed reading your commentary as i, too, rate myself a pretty darn good cook & comfort food person! I am bedbound due to breaking my hip AND leg, (well, if you’re gonna do, do it right!) hah! I would luv to read more of your journey & recipes super! Good Cooking, (I’m a female Archaeologist)

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  107. Your latest recipes do not have links in the list – they are hidden away from view. How about bringing them out into the light as well? Please?

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  109. Hi, new to this at the moment, and have a really weird diet necessity. Having just been told to go fat free (due to gallbladder) to add to other cut outs from my diet I was mainly wondering if the wartime diet was do-able for me. I eat yeast free through necessity (allergic to yeast and alcohol) and will now be going wheat free to aid my IBS. In addition I have been told I should eat no more than 3 portions of fruit and veg in a day and likewise to not eat too much fibre as my body doesn’t digest it well. Would you say that I could incorporate this into the wartime diet or am I being highly ambitious?

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  110. Hi,

    Thanks for your fantastic site, we have been looking for vegetarian recipes that would fit into a 1940s ration diet.

    Looking at your recipes, the portions you suggest are perfect. If you can fit in everything to your weeks rations then you know you will be having a balanced diet. In the UK in 1938 the ration diet was tested for 3 month by the government before issuing and all test subjects were are healthier and fitter, working a manual job and eating healthily.

    As long as you eat lots of vegetables (home grown if possible) then this will be a great way to stay healthy.

    We will wait and see how our month of the (vegetarian) ration diet goes and if we are more healthy. (Weight lost not needed as at perfect weight already)

    Here’s to some great cooking!

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  112. I love this idea. I found your blog to be a great resource for educational reasons. I am a private tutor and plan on using some of these recipes to help discuss ww2 rations

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  116. I noticed that someone was looking for eggless mayonnaise, our family recipe is a can of sweet and condensed milk and equal white vinegar, some pepper, and a teaspoon to a table spoon of mustard powder. Mix well and refrigerate until it thickens and use.

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  117. I Wanted to Know About Scratch Cooking Using Next to Nothing. These Recipes Are Priceless and You Are Awesome! I Thank You! For Brighter Blessings!

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  118. Dear carolyn when are you going to add some more to the archives that you put up. Will be interested to read the latest one for march 2015

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  120. I AM IN SOME OF THE ORIGINAL PHOTO’S FROM THE ARTICLE “A LIFE OF AN AIRMANS WIFE”ANNE SCOTT JAMES,SPT 1941,I WAS THE SECOND YOUNGEST OF 6 CHILDREN,PAM MY ELDEST SISTER LIVES IN GLOUCESTER SHE IS 86,JANET MY YOUNGEST IS IN THE IOM 76,I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND WAS 80 LAST MONTH.A NUMBER OF PICTURES HAVE BEEN USED IN “WARTIME RECIPES” AS WELL AS WE”LL EAT AGAIN”ON TV AND AN ARTICLE IN THE INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS,’WHATEVER HAPPENED TO WORDS”SUCH AS MANGLE ETC.

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    • That’s really interesting- just been doing some Googling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Scott-James and read her obituary. I wish I could find the photos!! I have probably seen them already if they have been used in books and on TV but wouldn’t have realised it was you Brian! Thank you for sharing this and I agree….words like MANGLE are sadly disappearing! I remember my Gran having one in the back garden! C

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  121. hi there. i have just been looking through your recipe suggestions but am shocked that there is no sign of a bacon pudding. it is still a favorite of my fanilies today and was a popular dish my nan used to cook for the family during the was. there was loads of them.

    bacon pudding

    suet pastry
    1 or 2 rashers of streaky bacon per person
    onions diced finely

    make the suet pastry and leave to rest
    chop onions abd bacon
    roll out pastry into rectangle on to a flourd suface
    sprinkel the pastry with the onion and bacon
    roll up the pastry as you would a rolly polly
    wrap in a muslin cloth or in a tin foil wrapping
    steam for 1 to 2 hours or until cooked
    cut into 2cm sliced and serve with boiled potatos and cabbage and gravy

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  122. I cannot wait to try these recipes! I have been writing them down for 4 days, went through 3 ink pens, lmao. Thank you for sharing them, also loved reading your blog. I hope you do more, if possible. Again, thank you.

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  123. hi there. i did a similar sort of diet last year and lost 3 stone in 3 months. im just wondering about how you deal with the egg thing. i cant seem to get dried eggs so what do you do. i am going on a 2 egg a week rule. also have you tried bacon pudding. was a wartime favorite for my family and still is today

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    • Hi Karl

      We can get dried eggs here, you can probably get them online, they are GROSS!!! Don’t do what I did and put my nose in the container and breathe in deeply!! They cook just fine though. I just use 1 shell egg per week but trying out the dried egg is a good experience! 3 stone in 3 months is awesome!!!

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      • think i will just stick to the fresh egg. the onky dried egg i can get is fro. fish food suppliers lol or just egg whites. i tried your veg and oat goulash and really enjoied it. will have it again soon. only started my new diet on tuesday and have already started to notice the difference. thanks for getting back to me

        karl
        xx

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  126. Hello, all! I’ve just discovered this site. I’m meant to be writing an assignment on antique plates, but I’ve been absorbed in the comments! I’ve been thinking for years that it would be good to try a month of wartime recipes. I was born in 1949 so we still had some rationing (probably my downfall began when rationing ended, with those penny and halfpenny bars of Cadbury’s chocolate …). This spurs me on.
    School dinners in the 1950s were sort-of OK, but I remember ‘Mock Cream’ with loathing, especially when it arrived lumpy! The Salad Cream was nasty stuff, mostly vinegar.
    I have most of the books mentioned, and also Emilie Waller’s ‘Cookery and Kitchen Book for Slender Purses’! She has menus for two weeks, including some breakfasts of fried bread, fried potatoes, bread and butter, and tea – with, on one day, ‘Bacon for man’! It’s a wonderful book – my grandmother’s. Worth trying to find it.
    So, I am going to have a go at the recipes for a month – possibly January – husband will enjoy it, but I’m anxious that my son, a building site labourer, won’t find it easy.
    I’m a writer – I’d like to create a book of wartime recipes and menus for 2016, and this thread of wonderful comments has put it firmly at the front of my mind!

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  127. My God I’m so glad to see these old recipes going back to the second war!! people did alot with what they had back then!! we are very spoiled with all the food we have today!! alot of fast foods causing alot of weight gain now a days!! Pls.keep me in your e-mail. I like to learn alot what people eat back then!! they might have much money to feed the family, but looking back then in programs showing!! no one was over weight & they looked great slim & healthy then wevare today!!

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    • I agree- a combination of not wasting food, filling up with vegetables and being more active (and of course less junk food)…Too much temptation these days!! LOL! xx

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  128. This is a great site and thank you for the recipes, for last Christmas (2015) was a little austere due to moving but thanks to your site we were able to have lots of nice things to eat with just a bit of work. It tastes like food should as well. Not the factory/mass produced stuff from the supermarket. Totally converted to as much ‘home made’ as possible. I’m now looking to make my own wine/beer/cider too as well as food.

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  131. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
    What to do with apple peels and cores?
    I love apples. Like you, I try to make the most of the food I buy prior composting. So, I make apple cider vinegar with the peels and cores in 30 days. It’s super easy and dirt cheap. Put the peels and cores in a jar, cover with water and put a cheese cloth or cotton cloth on the jar. Set in a warm, dry place (upper cabinet). For the next 5 days, give it a swirl once daily with a spoon, scoop any foam, cover back with the cotton cloth, add water if necessary. Then let it stand untouched for the remaining 25 days. After which you strain the concoction, discard the solids to compost and you’re left with the water turned to apple cider vinegar. Screw the top and put in the pantry and voilà! Or you may offer it as an hostess gift. Homemade is always appreciated!
    Regards,
    E

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  132. I have just discovered your blog. WHAT a blessing! Not only does it bring back memories of my own family cooking, the memories are priceless. Thank you!

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