I won’t go in to too much detail on what a simple life I lead (I’ll save that for the book I’m trying to write- LOL!) but needless to say there maybe people who could end up being quite horrified when they eventually do…lets just say my 1940s Experiment has been pretty authentic in many respects not just culinary (no I haven’t used gravy browning on my legs)
Life throws us challenges, mine tend to be mostly financial BUT there are always ways to “mend and make-do” and live a very simple life where you can get by on much less money than you’d imagine. I’ve done this out of necessity but actually really enjoy my less wasteful life (at least my portion of it anyway). When the children have all left home there is no doubt in my mind I will be living in a small, very basic, off-grid home, maybe even with limited power and I don’t even mind heating up all my own hot water. Things like this simply do not bother me….. its bred into me somewhere I’m sure!
I tidied my 1940s cupboard tonight and it struck me how bare it must look to some people. I’ve got organic porridge oats, organic flour, some good old Lyle’s Golden Syrup (that was so popular during the war), Marmite, Bisto, a little jam, split peas, lentils, raisins, dates, tea, some cocoa and spices. But this is perfectly adequate when I add all the fresh vegetables and fruit and of course me meat(less) ration.
Cooking from scratch using fresh wholesome food instead of processed convenience food (or eating junk food) is surprisingly cheap… I did a price comparison with my pre-1940s diet – CLICK HERE for “Will eating a diet based on wartime rations save you money?” and I ended up saving nearly $10 a day..
I never got to dig my own victory garden this year, which was shame, as it’s so easy to grow ones own food and it allows you to consume super fresh organic produce for a fraction of the cost of store bought food. Time seems to be against me as always…..in 2013 I’ll make time.
Well it’s time to head to bed, it won’t be long until midnight but I wanted to write a blog post as this message from Samara inspired me earlier
“Carolyn,Just wanted to stop by and say hello. I found your blog almost by accident (or divine intervention!) six weeks ago as cooking frugally was put upon me to feed my family suddenly and without any warning. I just kept remembering stories of my grandmothers during the war and soldiering on in the face of adversity and with little money or food to be found. The thought of semi-rationing (or at least serious portion control!) was the idea. I was trying to do lots of recipes from memory, as that is how most were handed down to me, so finding your blog was a godsend. The added bonus of cutting almost all of the processed food out of my diet has resulted in a 10lb weight loss in a month. That might not seem like a lot but I and am hypothyroid and the weight packed on in the last few years and nothing takes the weight off! It is the first weight decrease in years! I need to lose about 60-70 more pounds just to get into the top end of the normal weight category. I want to tell you that your blog has inspired me that I can lose weight and cook for my family and live on an ever decreasing budget. Sam x….”
I do feel we can learn so much about budgeting, mending and making do and nourishing ourselves on limited means through everything that is remembered and written about the home front in Great Britain during World War II. A less wasteful and more sustainable way to live…