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

Paying it forward

In past months my life has been changing and things have moved on. Now I rely on myself to support my children and I, and although I don’t like deviating from the 1940s Experiment theme, I do have to try and earn a living and after all the years of blogging I hope you’ll forgive me this indulgence..

PIF Design- Paying It Forward

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To enable an idea and grow it…


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I love to provide simple and affordable web sites for people/groups/small businesses and provide mentoring or tuition…

Please leave me a message if you are interested in using my services for web design, mentoring, advice, tutoring, web banner design, social media set ups, blogging, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc

Did I mention I accept other forms of currency ? Food, soap, clothing… anything that is useful to me.

Work is sporadic and therefore when I have no work coming in I’d love to use that time to help others restricted economically or socially  to achieve an idea digitally. Maybe you just need someone to give you a chance? We all deserve that…

All I ask, if I help you out, that you help someone else out in return when you can..

Please e-mail me:  1940sexperiment@gmail.com

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Thank you for supporting me

C xxxxxx


Could we stomach a return to a wartime diet?

QUOTE: “As our population grows, and world food prices escalate, the UK will need to produce more food. But will that mean a return to a more restricted diet, reminiscent of wartime, when reduced imports made Britain rely heavily on homegrown food?”…

That opening paragraph struck me.. It made me wonder would it be a bad thing if this were to happen? How difficult would it be for a country to adapt to a “more locally grown” diet with less choice?

Having lived for almost one year now, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (with just a few days off for very special occasions) on a 1940s authentic wartime ration diet, I can tell you it was challenging in the early weeks as my body detoxed from it’s reliance on modern processed convenience foods. But surprisingly, for all the years I had been stuffing my face with crisps, chocolate bars, pounds of cheese and grotesque outsize portions of meat, the adaptation to a very simple, basic, wholesome diet with lots of fresh vegetables and very few processed items, was quite easy, once I’d got into a preparation routine…

QUOTE: “Food policy expert Prof Tim Lang says consumers are also partly to blame, as “they are being allowed the fantasy that they can eat what they like”.

Our ever-expanding palates have become accustomed to exotic, imported foods not available in the UK, not to mention an abundance of meat and dairy products.

Animals must consume, on average, 3kg of grain to produce 1kg of meat. Today half of all cereals produced are used to feed animals. They are “the most wasteful and inefficient converters of food which one can imagine,” argues Prof Lang, who is also a former government advisor on food policy.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), all of the world’s cereal fed to animals could feed the additional three billion people expected by 2050. The UNEP suggests animals could instead be fed recycled waste.

“Instead of aspiring to eat more meat and dairy as people get richer, we should aspire to eat more diverse plants,” says Prof Lang. But he says the government is failing to “take a lead” on changing the policy around what farmers should produce….”


And then there is the environmental benefits, health and economic benefits as a nation should the British government put infrastructure and subsidies into place to make farming profitable for growers, in an island like Britain, one has to face the reality that raising animal protein is also a huge drain on the countries limited water supply..

QUOTE:  “In a statement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Farming Minister Jim Paice said:

“With our increasingly hungry world every country must play its part to produce more food and improve the environment… Whether it means embracing new farming technology or people wasting less, we’ve got to become more sustainable.”


While returning to a wartime style diet overnight is not a reality, maybe it is time to embrace some of ways the British nation had to adapt to feeding everyone during WW2. It looked like growing and eating locally produced food, reducing meat and dairy consumption, and being less wasteful and more appreciative was a pretty decent blue print for a more sustainable country.AND the health of the nation improved…

That can’t be a bad thing surely?

CLICK HERE for the full BBC Article “Could we stomach a return to a wartime diet?”

Thank you to the BBC

Feel proper, official like now. The 1940s Experiment blog is perhaps being recognized as a useful reference resource with all her wartime recipes because today the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) listed us as a related link off their “How We won the War” series…. that makes me kind of proud in a way!

But I wanted more than anything to share with you the link because not only does this series look like it could be very interesting, BUT there are some great links listed below my blog one, The BBC guide to rationing for instance. I know anyone who is interested in WW2 and the home-front will love to have a browse around their pages!

C xxxx