Trench Stew – Recipe No 137


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This recipe dates back to WW1, from the trenches, where food was often not hot by the time it came from the field kitchen to the front line. Soldiers would often throw together whatever they had to hand to make a hot meal and cook them over a little stove in the trenches.

Trench stew is the order of the day, here on Remembrance Sunday…

Ingredients

  • 1 turnip or large potato
  • 1 parsnip
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ tin corned beef
  • ½ stock cube
  • 1 or 2 biscuits or stale bread
  • 1 pint of water

Method

  1. Chop up the vegetables, carrots into small pieces, other veg larger pieces and add to pint of boiling water with stock cube in.
  2. As the veg becomes tender mix in 1/2 can corned beef (I didn’t as I’m vegetarian) and crumble in the stale bread or biscuits/crackers and simmer for a few more minutes.

Serves 2

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8 thoughts on “Trench Stew – Recipe No 137

  1. I just discovered your website. It is so interesting! I think finding one’s diet fascinating like you do with the historical aspect might be a key for all of us. I like the economical aspect of hat you are doing too. I made Woolton Pie today. I put it together on my lunch hour and we’ll have it for dinner after work. Don’t think I’ll try the trench stew since I home canned a bunch of beef vegetable stew already.

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