Blitz Soup – WW2 Recipe No. 214

This is an authentic wartime recipe for Blitz Soup from Gert & Daisy’s Wartime Cookery Book.

I had run out of bread so was baking a loaf and really fancied a simple soup for lunch to accompany the freshly baked bread. This recipe was pretty quick and very easy to make. Add lentils or beans for extra protein (or some left over meat trimmings/bones).

Blitz Soup Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 leek or onion
  • 1 or 2 potatoes
  • A few bones
  • 1 stick celery
  • 4 tumblerfuls of stock or water
  • Meat or vegetable extract
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Mince all the vegetables or cut them very small (unless you like them chunky like me!)
  2. Place in pan with stock or water with seasoning (and bones) and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  3. When almost cooked add meat or vegetable extract and extra seasoning if required

Serves 2-3 with bread

Baking Powder Milk Rolls – Recipe No. 213

This is an authentic wartime recipe for Baking Powder Milk Rolls which I found in “Health for All – Wartime Recipes” by Margaret Y. Brady.

I had run out of bread and wanted bread quickly without going to the shops OR spending hours making, proving and baking a loaf! This recipe took about 10 minutes to make then about 20 or so minutes to cook so 30 minutes from beginning to end! Oh and the rolls worked out as costing 4p each for the ingredients BUT more in energy! I did use the hot oven to bake potatoes too so don’t feel quite so guilty!


  • 8 oz self-raising flour ( or 8 oz of plain flour and 1.5 tsp baking powder )
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 pint of milk (I used oat milk)


Mix ingredients together, gently knead on a floured board, divide into 4, and make 4 rolls, place in moderate oven at 180C – 200C for 20-30 minutes. Set aside to cool before serving.

This made 4 rolls.

C xxxx

Eating a Wartime Diet, ITV circa 2004

Someone shared a link to this video on YouTube in our Facebook Group today so I had to share it with you as it makes for an interesting watch!

In an episode of Tonight, with Trevor McDonald, school children get to grips with eating a wartime diet and living on WW2 rations for 6 weeks!

Much love, C xxxx

What Happened in 6 Months? WW2 Ration Book Diet 150 lb Weight Loss Journey

Video Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • The first 6 months, overeating and bingeing before
  • How am I feeling in myself?
  • Weigh-in, measurements, comparison photos and blood test results
  • Talking about my results
  • I nearly forgot!

I am thrilled to share with you the results of my 6-month weight loss journey (so far) following a WW2 Ration Book Diet. Join me as I reveal the transformation my body is undergoing and the impact rationing has had on my overall well-being. I am also supporting this journey with scientific data using blood tests, a food diary, ongoing daily monitoring of physical activity, body measurements, blood pressure, and other vitals. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe to my channel to stay updated on my future videos.

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C xxxxx