It’s the final day of my first week on minimum UK WW2 rations. I’ve stuck 100% to what I’ve got in the cupboard and to what would have been allocated to me during the war. As a single woman, money would have been tight for me so I’ve made sure to stick with what I budgeted for although I did have to buy an extra cabbage and some carrots half-way through the week just so I had something to eat.
So at the end of 7 days what have I got left to eat?
By this morning I had used ALL 8 oz of fat allocated for the week (margarine, butter & cooking fat) and I had used ALL of my 4 oz of vegan cheese (I had a vegetarian ration so got 4 oz instead of 1 oz). This morning I still have a few teaspoons of loose tea left (I rationed myself to 2 teaspoons a day which made about a litre of tea a day plus and extra mug at the end of the day out of the old tea leaves in the pot) and only used less than half the sugar. I’m making my own oat milk and I didn’t buy an egg being vegan even though I could have had an extra one if I was vegetarian.
Things I noticed
I only bought one bread loaf for the week and it was a struggle to make that last. I found myself filling up on bread. Porridge oats I use every single day for making oat milk, adding to stews or WW2 dishes and also for breakfast at least 4 mornings in the first week. Oats are invaluable. Finally potatoes, every single day, lots of potatoes. The trilogy for me are bread, potatoes and rolled oats plus LOTS AND LOTS OF VEGETABLES!
What did I eat?
Some of the main meals I really enjoyed were, Lord Woolton Pie, Colcannon, Bubble & Squeak, Mock Black Pudding, and Vegetable stews. I had 3 desserts throughout the week. Duke Pudding and the Apple Crumble were delicious, the Beetroot Pudding not so much but you still eat it and enjoy it right? (the teaspoon of Golden Syrup over the top helped!)
How much did I spend?
In the end I spent around £12 something, just shy of £13. Everything lasted except I had to buy carrots (I was using up my guinea pigs snacks) and an extra cabbage. Today I have planned next weeks menu, bought my shopping and it will cost me £12.65 for all my food on rations in week 2 including making my own oat milk.