First day of a month of the “Living on WW2 Rations Experiment”. Already it has actually felt a LOT harder than I remember it was (I spent a year on wartime rations many, many years ago).
For this experiment I rather stupidly decided that the minimum UK WW2 ration was in order to truly feel the pinch. Probably the biggest grumbles I am hearing from those participating, even on day one, is the lack of cheese. At its worst, the standard WW2 ration allowed a mere 1 oz of cheese per adult (vegetarians were allowed an extra 3 oz each week instead of meat + an extra egg). This is hardly enough for a modest cheese sandwich.
My day was literally exhausting and as I type this at 11:30 pm, I haven’t even done the washing up but I did manage a full day at work, recorded and edited a video recipe AND spent the evening at A & E with my daughter (all is fine don’t worry).
I of course also did manage 3 ration book meals today and these were:
Breakfast: 2 slices of toast with a scraping of margarine and a scraping of jam.
Lunch: A mixed salad with homemade dressing plus two more slices of bread with (you’ve probably guessed it) a scraping of margarine.
Dinner: Bubble and Squeak (which I also filmed and put up on YouTube)
I didn’t have time for the planned “Beetroot Pudding” but once we returned from A & E I grabbed YET ANOTHER slice of bread and topped it with YES YOU’VE GUESSED IT, a scraping of margarine and a scraping of Marmite.
Working out my calories out of interest I really think it was pretty low, probably around 1200-1300 calories which is half of what I normally eat.