Skip to comments.Eating for Victory: Original Second World War Ration Recipes (U.K.)
Posted on 05/18/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When rationing was introduced in January 1940, the Ministry of Food distributed various leaflets to the public. They fell into different categories: some explained new ingredients such as dried eggs, while others offered helpful guides to making the most of the rations.
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The sequestration, dontchaknow?
In one of his books I saw a copy of Winston Churchill’s order countermanding some official’s order for all chickens to be turned over to the government to be consumed.
Churchill pointed out that country folks depended on the chickens for eggs and meat. He said it would be too much to just take their chickens away from them depriving them of much of their sustenance.
By 2016 we’ll probably be lucky to have as much food as the typical wartime British family. More like a Polish or Dutch family.
There was a British TV series called The Supersizers Go . . . and you can watch all the episodes (broken down into six parts each) on YouTube. For one week this food critic and his comedienne friend live the culinary life of a time in British history. I find the show fascinating, as they also dress the part and include a lot if historical info. Anyway, The Supersizers Go Wartime displays how the average family coped with rationing. I highly recommend the series. It is informative and very entertaining.
WW II rationing in the UK didn’t end until 1953.
Do you live in the country?
Hell yeah .... It’s FEMA Camp Taco Night !
I ran across some of my Father’s WWII papers a few years ago.
When they landed in Liverpool from the SS Mauritania, they were given instructions on proper etiquette while in Britain.
One thing was to not show off your money but it was OK to sell your rations,especially cigarettes, chewing gum or candy bars, if you wanted.
Also not to complain about their coffee. The English thought we could not make a good cup of tea.
I also remember Khrushchev saying that he would have starved to death in WWII if not for SPAM.
White papers, eh? Then tell me about the use of black bear here, as a test.
He said either the weather or the food made him break out in boils.
Based on experience in California, I would treat black bear somewhere between pig and possum or armadillo.
Lots of gravy and biscuits.
They are endangered, and the reason is Texans used their fat for frying for so many years. Grab one right before hibernation and that’s grease for the johnnycakes for a year.
Our ancestors didn’t take advantage of the Beeve for butter, for some weird reason. Maybe it was just too hot and the butterfat too thin in the milk?
I keep hearing over and over how tasty croc or alligators are.
One thing is fer sure, the Cajun Country will never starve.
That sounds great! I’ve had gator, but it was stewed with tomatoes, onions, celery and spices. Yum!
That would be Gator Gumbo. Made with things you grow or catch.
I caught and ate an armadillo in San Saba once. No, I don’t want to hear about all the germs and leprosy.
Hey, maybe you know what lettuce type veggie smells and tastes like skunk. Ick, ick. I was out in the garden this morning picking some of the Ferry-Morse Mesclun mix and smelled a skunk. I picked some more and the smell stayed with me. I took the bucket into the house and still smelled it. As I was rinsing the leaves, one smelled awful! It was a spikey leaf sort of like a thistle. It was a young leaf, about two inches in diameter. Ive looked on the internet for a picture of something similar but no luck. I went through the names on the seed package (arugula, endive red kale, red and green romaine, salad bowl and lolla rossa lettuce) but still no luck. I tasted it and it tasted like it smelled - like skunk. No, the leaf is nothing like a skunk cabbage. Im not a botanist so the best I can do in describing the leaf is picture the palm of a hand and fingers with the fingers having spikes on them like thistles do but not the fuzzy stuff. I was thinking maybe an endive but Ive never known them to smell like skunk.
Sure, I have tons of weeds but I havent seen or smelled this thing before so chances are it came in the mesclun seed packet. I may have to throw out those packets and cross Ferry-Morse off my list because its really nasty.
Anyone know what it might be?
I NEVER use Fairy-Sores for seeds. They are trash and they don't make their crap right when you complain.
At least Burpee will replace on a phone call.
Problem I have with armadillo is the grease. Lots and lots of grease that goes rancid quickly.
“Anyone know what it might be?”
could it be marijuana? i did an internet search and found:
“One particular strain of marijuana does have a smell that is very similar to the smell that the skunk emits when it feels threatened and sprays. I have only once for a short time seen this particular strain and that was in 1990-91 in California. Back then we just called it KGB or Killer Green Bud.”
Nope. That’s not it. Mine is more of a rounder leaf with spikes rather than long with spikes.
I had asked lil miss to bring me in two of the cheap mesclun Walmart sells for like a quarter or fifty cents and was VERY specific about it. Being an oh so very smart teen, she didn’t listen and brought in this stuff that’s $1.50 and 7 packets of it. We’re not liking the varieties in the mix at all. It’s bitter. I hate to throw things out but I’m still tasting skunk.
I have 1st & 2nd cousins in England, and know first or second hand some of the stories...also had relatives who were US military in England during this time.
I know of the English, under rationing, and very limited food wise, entertaining our folks (military) and serving the only egg in the house to the guest. Etc...
Other, not related to food, but a cousin and her husband were in their back garden (yard) when a German fighter came through the clouds, saw them, but did not fire his machine guns.
The British were in the war somewhat longer than our troops were, and they were in the forefront. Thank you for this post.
Rationing in England was absolutely necessary, in my opinion...rationing here as imposed by FDR, was not necessary, but was used to make us ‘feel the war’.
YIKES! No, I don't think so. Not that I'm familiar with mj (no, really, I'm not) but mj doesn't have a "palm" part which then goes out as "fingers" or at least I don't see any pics that show that. From the internet pics of mj, it's just the "fingers" part. Is that right? It's a young plant and is growing close to the ground so I dunno. I don't know how many are growing since it's a mixture of lettuces and this was under the taller salad leaf varieties. Either way, this thing is coming out of my garden and the F-M packages are going into the garbage first thing tomorrow. In fact, the whole bed is getting dug up.
Oh, great, now you've done it. The IRS and hussein's spooks are probably snooping around and already have a DEA SWAT team headed this direction! If I suddenly disappear, y'all will know what happened. Hey, I swear, I didn't know!!! But, seriously, that thing stinks so much that I want the whole mixture out of there and I'll plant something else.
Ha, reminds me of a trial where I was on the jury as foreman. Seems the young fellow had been caught with funny mushrooms in his jacket pocket. Seems he also had a ‘good’ explanation of why he did not know there were there...and other circumstances substanciated that.
In the course of deliberations (this was in Nebraska) and in an attempt to sway the jury to not convict, I talked about ditch weed, and how we all, when we were younger may have tried smoking it...
...well, seems some of the would be holdouts on the jury ‘understood’ that and after further deliberation, we found the young fellow ‘not guilty’. Some would say we exercised our right of ‘jury nullification’. (the prosecuting attorney was NOT pleased)...
Oh, great! Now there’s two of you thinking it’s pot!!! No, looked up pics of ditchweed and this isn’t it. Mine doesn’t have stalks of leaves on top of leaves like the pics show. I haven’t heard of any stupid neighbor growing pot. Still, the whole bed is getting dug up first thing tomorrow.
Lawdy, I’m never going to get to sleep tonight!
I already dropped a dime on you and told 'em where to find your dog.
Friends are like that. ;)
I want you on my jury.
Don’t make me play the no pants card, lol.
The orange hybrid cherry tomato variety “Sungold” has leaves with an interesting smell. Not the smell you’d normally associate with a tomato plant.
I once got a packet of seeds for Swiss Chard (green, not the red stuff) and those seeds are VERY obvious for what they are. If you ever see one, you would never miss the ID. And in the packet were two little round seeds that DIDN'T look like they came from the planet Klingon. I assumed they were okra and dumped them at the gutter, because I didn't want them in my chard.
Buy certified seed.
Or better yet, save seed.
Thanks but nope. That’s not the leaf either.
Now I’m curious what a sungold smells like.
That was the idea. I was going to grow a mixture and decide what we liked and didn't like and then save the seeds of what we liked. Looks like Mother Nature is still having fun at my expense. I have some bibb, tipburn, etc. so that can go in. I just read that hemlock smells like skunk but the pics aren't even close to matching. I already knew but this is more proof that we must pay attention to nature. If something smells like skunk, it's wise to stay away from it.
This is me giving you a friendly nudge for more of your cooking lessons!
It is called........ skunk cabbage
OK just read your its not skunk cabbage. Which is edible if you boil it to tasteless.
Cleome probably, it is in the Brassica or mustard family, you know cabbage, brussels sprouts etc. and is known to have a skunky smell when the leaves are crushed or pinched.
I want to try those honey biscuits!!! (of course I realize it’s cookies)
I want to try those honey biscuits!!! (of course I realize it’s cookies)
Just need to figure out measurements of ounces to cups.
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