Tough times

Sorry I’ve been quiet… a LOT has been preoccupying my mind in the past few weeks. I have such a big story to tell that I desperately need to share because it has put my family and I through such awful anxiety (and risk) .. I feel I can’t keep quiet about it much longer. Life isn’t black and white- it’s bloody grey too and that is where we fall. We are NOT a number, we are a family..

I’m not sure how we will get through, I’ve got to the stage now where I’m crumbling and am finding it hard to be the strong one anymore with the new added pressures imposed on us by current restrictions in the country I have so fondly called home for the past 8 years,  where ALL our friends and life has been, everywhere we turn there is no help, I’m doing my best. We are still in limbo…

I’m putting my house up for sale ASAP and having to sell it for 50k under market value just to try and sell it quickly before we are conveniently discarded…

I’m tearful, I’m angry, I’m worried, I’m scared and I’m so very, very tired..

Please forgive my rant but I need to vent… all we ever wanted was to work hard, support our community and help others…

Weekly weigh in- Jan 18, 2013

More weight off! 3 lbs this week so that is 8 lbs of the 19 lbs I put on over Christmas shifted..

Just a QUICK UPDATE…. things are crazy busy ..

PS I’m gonna start at the track again! I miss walking so much!

C xxx

One million visits to the blog

Two things to celebrate today!

First, yesterday was weigh-in day and I lost 5 lbs which is a great start to losing the 19 lbs I put on over Christmas! It will be off in no time!!!

Secondly, just now, my little old blog got it’s 1 MILLIONTH VISIT, yes that’s 1,000,000 visits in total now (between 2,000 to 8,000 per day) which basically means there are a lot of people out there interested in eating in a simpler, basic way and also interested in recipes from the WW2 era!

Thank you to everyone who continues to pop in now and again and is kind enough to leave a comment or try a recipe for themselves or share one of the 1940s Experiments pages..

Love you

C xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Potato Cakes No 107

Thank you to Paul and Wendy Savage who used this recipe successfully at their WWII themed New Year’s Party and were kind enough to share it with me. I used 1/3 rd of the ingredients below using some left over mash and that made several potato cakes which I pan fried. They were DELICIOUS!! I loved my lunch today!!
Potato Cakes
  • 3 smallish onions, chopped finely
  • 7oz margarine – or vegan substitute.
  • 3lbs cooked and mashed potato
  • 1lb self raising flour (or plain flour with 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder added)
  • salt & pepper to season (herbs can be added too)
  1. Fry onion in 1/2 oz margarine until soft
  2. Mash potato with remaining margarine and beat together with the onion & flour. Season to taste.
  3. Knead onto a floured surface (it should be similar consistancy to bread dough)
  4. Form into 3-4 inch sausage. Cut into 1 inch slices (make them thicker if baking in the oven)
  5. Cook in oven at 200 c or gas mark 6  for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown) or alternatively pan fry.



New Years Weight Gain

So the last time I weighed myself was December 5th and I had lost some lbs after a gain and was back down to 225 lbs. But as Christmas got closer and I was baking more and eating more I could feel things getting tighter.

The giant wartime Christmas cake I made, you know the one with mock marzipan and icing and the large eggless Christmas pudding… I ate them both, all by myself in 10 days. Add to that a bottle of sherry, wine and some spirits, ration shortbread and fudge and large quantities of just about everything, I wasn’t surprised to feel that old friend return by the end of December, back ache. I KNEW the weight gain had to be significant, I felt so bloated…

Facing the scales just after New Years, I wasn’t surprised to see a weight gain of 19 lbs… my weight was back up to 244 lbs. Yes I let out a wail and shed a few tears but this was really just the shock. It’s OK, I’m not about to let this get the better of me. I have a job to finish and I feel like crap eating all that extra food. It was definitely sugar overload…

So I’m going to make Friday mornings my regular weigh in date and can’t wait to be hitting the track again..

199 lbs here we come!!

Good luck everyone in your own weight loss resolutions!

C xxxxx