Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 2018

Armistice Day Sunday 11 November, 100 years today marking the armistice signed between the Allies of WW1 and Germany. Millions of people, military and civilian lost their lives, 700,000 soldiers in the UK alone.

Did my 5k Poppy Run while giving this all much thought and feeling thankful for everything we have and our freedom.

Afterwards attended the Remembrance Sunday service at Maltby Cenotaph where several hundred people had gathered and after the service we all marched behind the band through the streets of Maltby …a lovely memorial. C xxxxxxxx










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Blackberry Mincemeat for WW2 Christmas Mince Pies – Recipe No. 157

Just to get you in the mood, I’ve made blackberry mincemeat for my Christmas mince pies in the past. Will do the same again as they are quite delicious!

The 1940's Experiment

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You had to really think ahead on the home-front during WW2. Bottling hedgerow fruits during the late summer months would have enabled you to use many of those berries to make Christmas mince pies. The fruits bulked out the dried fruit which was much harder to get hold of in the quantities most housewives were used to.

7c3678aff3aa79930546591cda391b12This recipe comes from ‘Woman Magazine’ and makes about 3-4 jam jars or at least a large litre kilner jar and will be enough to fill 24 mince pies!

I made this today and as I had no blackberries and obviously wasn’t forward thinking like many bakers during WW2, I was able to just pop along to my local Sainsbury’s a buy a frozen basics bag of forest berries which includes blackberries. They’ve worked very well!

I tasted a spoonful before bottling and it tastes very much like a mix between traditional mincemeat…

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It’s happening…

A quick update…

I’m shrinking again…

It’s happening, 2-3 lbs every week. I’m eating lots of fruit and veg, pulses and beans like my Mum taught me too.

No significant cravings. I’ll take that. No changes needed…