1 day to go

Tomorrow is my last day of the 1940s Experiment, it will mean I have lived on wartime rations for a year and re-created 100 wartime recipes. Actually, I need to cook 6 more recipes by the end of the day October 1st, to make it, so be prepared for a flurry of recipes coming through tonight and tomorrow!

I know I haven’t reached the hoped for 100 lb weight loss but this has never been about being on a DIET but rather changing my eating habits to replicate a typical authentic wartime rationing diet (with the luck of being able to have unlimited vegetables) to see what effect this had on my weight and my health. In addition I increased my exercise to become more active as people would have been in the 1940s.

I’m off out now to do an afternoon of volunteer work, I’ll be busy tonight cooking!

C xxxx

Oak Island – With heavy heart

Out on tour yesterday, in front of the Money Pit on Oak Island

It’s with heavy heart I work, as a volunteer, what probably will be my final weekend, on Oak Island, possibly ever.

I’ve been involved, as a founding director and initially as the chairperson, of the Friends of Oak Island Society, since it’s inception in 2009. A very small group of us founded the society when Oak Island Tourism Society ceased to exist.

OAK ISLAND, quite frankly, is a national treasure. It is home to the worlds longest active treasure hunt. The island has what appears to be a huge underground complex of pits and tunnels, to protect whatever treasure or artifacts lay below at a great depth…it is fascinating mystery. Treasure hunting has again resumed following the acquisition of a 5 year treasure trove license from the government. The “Michigan Group” (a really lovely bunch of guys) who are 50/50 partners with Dan Blankenship, are so committed to resolving the mystery, in a way that is sympathetic to the island, environment and to the local economy.

The Friends of Oak Island Society, wished to bring regular, private guided tours to the island throughout the summer to raise awareness and keep alive the historical path of this treasure hunt. The island is private and therefore we have had to work with the owners, who have been incredibly supportive, to achieve this. All money raised through tours is put straight back in to improving the visitors centre (which we resurrected), tour signage, improvements as well as the ongoing cost of special tour insurance and equipment.

We give of our time freely and love every moment of it! The tours will continue (if we can get more volunteers) but I’ll just be unable to be part of them.

This will leave a huge gap in my life..

C xxxx

Beef or Whale Meat Hamburgers 94/100

McDonalds started selling fast food hamburgers in the US, starting in the 1940’s, and during the latter part of the war, Marguerite Patten was demonstrating, in Harrods, how to make them, ration book style.

Whale meat was readily available and not rationed, but not very popular, and was sometimes used to make hamburgers on the home front, either mixed in with minced beef or on its own.

Here is a recipe for wartime hamburgers. I’m not about to eat beef or whale meat (being vegan) so I made my burgers with a meatless mince, but I’ve made hamburgers this way before, with beef (before I was vegan) and they taste really good!

Serve with a large raw salad!

This recipe makes enough for 4

Beef or Whale Meat Hamburgers

  • 1 large potato finely grated
  • 1 medium onion very finely shopped
  • 12 oz (350 g) minced whale meat or beef (or a meatless mince works well with a teaspoon of margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (mix a teaspoon of marmite with some brown sauce for vegans/vegetarians)
  • couple of large pinches of dried herbs (or 4 teaspoons of fresh thyme finely chopped- or fresh chopped parsley)
  • salt and pepper


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and form into 4 round cakes
  2. Grill (15 minutes) or bake (30 minutes) on a greased tray in a pre-heated oven set to 190 C (375 F)
  3. When fat is available the hamburgers can be fried

Anzac Biscuits 93/100

Thank you to Sheryl Knowles for posting a recipe for Anzac Biscuits on the “1940s Experiment Facebook Page”

Anzac biscuits are a sweet biscuit popular with the Australia New Zealand Army Corps during WWI and 2 and remain popular today in both countries. It was said wives and girlfriends sent these cookies to their husbands and lovers because the ingredients didn’t spoil and therefore would still be edible when received.

These were DELICIOUS! Once again I couldn’t stop at one or two, I ate 5 and simply ate those with a cup of tea and a piece of fruit for my tea.

These are so easy to make!

Anzac Biscuits

  • 1 cup/150 g of plain flour (I used wholewheat/meal)
  • 1 cup/220 g of sugar
  • 1 cup/90 g of desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup/100 g of rolled oats
  • 125 g of butter/margarine
  • 1 tablespoon (2 tablespoons in North America) of golden syrup or treacle
  • 2 tablespoons of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, oats and coconut together
  2. Mix the syrup/treacle and butter together and warm gently until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Mix the boiling water and bicarbonate of soda together and add to the syrup/butter mixture and mix in well
  4. Add the wet mix into the dry mix and bind together
  5. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto a lightly greased tray or parchment paper and cook for 10 minutes at 180C until golden brown all over
  6. Remove and leave to cool for 10 minutes before placing on a wire rack to finish cooling

Wartime Farm- it came today!

Thank you to Octopus Publishing for sending me a review copy of the “Wartime Farm” (the book to accompany the TV series currently running on the BBC) all the way from the UK! Seeing as I desperately wanted to get my hands on this and devour it, but funds did not allow, this was rather, fabulously timely, so, I will spend the next few days dissecting it and taking my pulse as I read, too see whether it excites me or not.

My palms became slightly sweaty and everything else in the universe became white noise, as I opened the book and peaked at the first few pages… that HAS to be a good sign.

I’ll be sure to post my review on here soon.

In the meantime, I spot a gas-mask, a chicken, Ruth, Alex and Peter and …..


C xxxxx

The global food waste scandal

“Most rich countries have 3-4 times the amount of food they need to feed all it’s inhabitants…”

One thing I am taking away with me from living for a full year on 1940s WW2 food rations (end of year is October 1st) is my realization and horror at the amount of food I was wasting prior to the experiment.

I really thought I wasn’t wasteful, infact I tried quite hard not to be, BUT, until you really experience limited resources, and have to appreciate all that you have, it doesn’t hit home.

Yesterday, I needed to buy groceries, I looked at all the marked down 50% off food stuffs on the shelves, there was so much of them. Later that day they would be in the trash, behind the supermarket, locked up and ready for transportation to landfill most likely. Such a shame..

I buy lots of my food at 50% off. Not only is it cheaper economically for me BUT there is nothing wrong with the food! I buy my mushrooms at 50% off, get them home, slice them up and freeze them! They work great in stews and stir fries! Yesterday I bought baguettes at 50% off and fed the kids and my eldest hobbits boyfriend with supersize sandwiches (1/2 a long baguette each) filled with organic lettuce and price reduced tomatoes, and a little cheese and bacon. I saved several dollars and some food waste..

It makes me sad to see so much waste, it makes me sad to see the food I am buying at 50% off, at the end of the day, will not be available to people who cannot afford to eat instead of it being removed to a waste site..

Lets appreciate the food we have, use it all up, don’t buy too much and if you see marked down food, consider buying it..

Enjoy watching the above talk at www.ted.com . One of my favourite websites in the world..

C xxxx

1940s websites

I’ve been noticing more and more visits to the blog coming from other 1940s themed websites or people re-creating wartime recipes and trying them out (yay!!).. I’d love to start linking to these websites from the right hand column of my blog!

If you have a 1940s WW2 themed website or are taking part in any sort of WW2 ration challenge or have a section of your website or blog that talks about WW2, rationing, the home front or anything interesting pertaining to WW2 (from anywhere in the world) PLEASE leave your website details below or e-mail them to me at 1940sexperiment@gmail.com 

Thank you!!!

C xxxxx