So waiting here for Tropical Storm Irene to share its winds and rain with us here in Nova Scotia, I decided it was about time to TRY a 1940s’s hairstyle, just for the fun of it, and take a photo… I haven’t really tried anything like this yet. For one thing I am self conscious of my fat face and I do lose my self confidence at times. There are always so many things I really want to do but talk my way out of them..
Taking the bull by the horns I went for it…. found a video on YouTube about “faux bangs” and substituted a rat (the foamy thingy you wrap your hair around) for a slightly stinky sock and did my best…
I’ve been worrying about fellow human beings along the eastern seaboard of the US as Hurricane Irene begins to make landfall… imagining what it must be like to be evacuated from your home and not knowing what you would be faced with on your return. And then I thought of the families during the London Blitz of WWII, hunkering down in air raid shelters for several hours, not knowing if their homes would be destroyed…and this went on for years.
Us brits have always faced adversity, throughout our history with a “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude. The honest, hardworking people, roll their sleeves up, help their neighbours and “get on with it”… OH not forgetting the obligatory and necessary “hot, strong cuppa tea”… the British elixir.
This morning, compelled to read the various news reports on Google and tracking the path of Hurricane Irene, I found myself a little depressed about it all, imagining how if the hurricane does cause damage to infrastructure, it could cause significant hardship, especially for the old and ill….
I needed cheering up…
I reached for the two weeks ration of eggs I had saved up (just 2 eggs) and I made myself a decadent breakfast of scrambled eggs (with fresh chives and butter) on toast and topped with a little grated cheese…. It did indeed have me in raptures for the 5 1/2 minutes it took to consume.
And then I felt extremely grateful that today, all I had to really worry about was eggs….
This has been a good week…. not only do I now weigh 299 lb (OK I am sensing some quizzical looks but trust me this is a very positive thing getting below 300 lbs- yay!) BUT yesterday I had an e-mail from MARMITE CENTRAL…. Oh yes, I really did… when I saw the word “congratulations” I needed picking off the floor.
For those of you who have never heard of Marmite let me tell you something…. it is ABSOLUTELY the food of the gods for British people … it has achieved cult status.
It is basically a “yeast extract” vegetarian spread (a by product of brewing beer) that is crammed with nutrients and was used during WWII in the 1940’s for seasoning stews and gravies (it originally was marketed in earthenware pots in the 1920’s). It tastes salty, tangy, a little meaty and most people either love it or hate it. You may taste it and think it tastes like poo (it kind of looks like it too) , you may taste it and immediately become obsessed with slathering it on toast, chucking it in every single recipe you create and even use it as a lip gloss (yes they do actually make marmite flavoured vaseline)
The reason I needed picking off the floor on seeing the word congratulations, was that one of my 1940s recipes was a runner up in a “National Marmite Facebook Contest”….
Here was the first sentence that greeted me…
“You have won a Marmite Oven Glove Double and six month’s supply of Marmite to be enjoyed with friends and family….”
And here is the recipe that won our family so much Marmite I will promise to do plenty more 1940s recipes with it!
Secretly I have a yearning to one day, get completely glammed up in a wonderfully feminine 1940s dress, outrageous hair style, blood red lipstick and huge heels and potter around the house, vamping it up while doing stuff like making a cup of tea…
Once I get to 199 lbs I’ll do it… I may just be able to get away with it then if I find a corset industrial enough. If I did it now, people would have to wring their knickers out (and not in a good way), following uncontrollable guffawing seeing an obese version of Betty Paige’s mother gesticulating before them…. the imagery is not good..
But OH- I do so want to cosplay 1940s… I really, really do….
At my size it would be safer, and more becoming, to perhaps wear something a little more homely….. I am thinking initially a wrap around 1940s style pinny, some sensible heels, some loosely curled and pinned hair and a BBC voice to pretend I am a young Marguerite Patten, instructing the masses on how to create nourishing food from their ration book allowances..
It’s nice to escape into a fantasy world once in a while.
I am still working hard to fulfill my promise to everyone and that is to re-create, photograph and share 100 authentic wartime recipes with you..
So far the count is nearing 50… NEARLY half way there!
I love re-creating historical recipes… I guess my biggest wish would be able to stage the photos so they all were presented on authentic 1940s crockery and set in a 1940s kitchen…. how amazing would that be!
Please take a moment to check all my recipes out… it’s truly amazing to step back in time and share the food our ancestors ate..
Had a very satisfying dinner this evening… simple and quick to make and let me tell you my belly is very full indeed after eating this meal. I had intended to make a dessert but in the end I had a handful of wild blueberries..
I always half fill my dinner plate with fresh veg and I served my mince slices with steamed cauliflower and string beans with a small shaving of salted organic butter on top.
8 oz minced meat (any type cooked)
4 oz cooked mashed potatoes
3 slices of stale wholewheat/wholemeal breadcrumbs
salt & pepper (thyme added is also nice)
Mix all the mashed potatoes, cooked mince, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper together thoroughly
Form into an oblong shape (like a small meatloaf)
Slice up into about 10-12 slices (if crumbly place in fridge for a while)
Pre-heat a frying pan and melt some butter
Place slices in and cook until browned on a medium heat
Serve with fresh veg
Serves 3-4 people
PS Oh I nearly forgot to say I got the recipe from this little pocket book..
An absolutely hectic week and weekend! Let me start by saying that eventually, when I jumped on the scales Monday morning, I was down another 3 lbs (that makes 10 lbs in 3 weeks) and I am now exactly 300 lbs (bleh but less bleh than the blehs I’ve been feeling the least few weeks!). I am definitely on a roll, I am taking a proper course of natural multi-vitamins too and they are making me feel great!
Despite having car trouble and not making it to the Mahone Bay Pirate Festival until 5 pm (and consequently missing all the festivities), Em Hobbit and I did have fun putting together Pirate outfits out of secondhand clothing, dollar store trinkets and some imagination.
Going out in a skirt and indeed dressing as a Pirate and walking around like that in public made me feel a little nervous initially (even though I am pretty laid back and fairly outgoing, when you are big you always worry about your wobbly bits!) but actually in the end boosted my self confidence. It seems people don’t care what size you are as a Pirate- everyone wants to talk to you! The entertainer on the microphone, in the buskers tent shouted out “ARRRRRR, I see some more lovely wenches”, when Em and I walked by…. I know it’s all banter but it made me feel like I wasn’t such a blob after all!!!!
The very next day I wore my homemade Pirate outfit again. This time I manned the Visitors Centre during the tours of Nova Scotia’s very own treasure Island…. Oak Island itself! I am a founding director, along with some other great volunteers for the Friends of Oak Island Society and I love being involved with the history and the mystery of this place, even though finding time to help out as much as I’d really like, can be difficult working full time and with three Hobbits at home.
Feeling so positive, despite some very sad circumstances in our lives at the moment, really makes me want to strive to keep going, keep losing the weight, only put good food in my mouth and the 1940s ration diet is an excellent way of avoiding a diet full of salt & chemical laden processed foods.
And now I have the taste for dressing up- watch this space!
I think I may experiment with some 1940s clothes, put on my best BBC voice and do some recipes for YouTube…. what a LARF that would be!!!!!!