It is well documented the British diet was actually the healthiest during times of war time and post war rationing. The main stay of the diet was vegetables.

We fill up on huge platefuls of steamed veggies, piles of potato and very few expensive items such as faggots (sorry Ali….I know you read this, but the end of term has meant the leftovers are consigned to the freezer and I picked some ready made ones from Aldi on the way home and was £1.30 and some will go into Dearly beloved’s sarnies tomorrow! )

I suppose I’ve developed my eating habits from my mum who was born in 1939 and grew up in times of rationing and then financial hardship of her own. As children we never flinched at mounds of liver casserole, haslet, brawn, mackerel and pollock until we couldn’t get up from the table. Jam was always blackberry and sandwiches for packed lunch were always jam!!! Lemonade and ginger beer was homemade and often exploded in the cupboard under the stairs and every meal was accompanied by a pile of mashed spuds and steaming veg, piled so high that I often couldn’t see around my plate. Even now, no meal is complete without lots of vegetables or salad and that will always take up three quarters of our plates. So supper tonight consisted of ready made faggots with mashed potatoes and a whole savoy and some huge carrots. Mum and the ministry of food would be proud. Cost as ever is under £1 per portion and it has certainly warmed and cheered us on this murky windswept evening. I like to keep people entertained so click here to enjoy a few minutes of “Wartime kitchen and garden”


7 thoughts on “Rationing?

  1. The good old days! Food was in rations but people were so much more healthy. Simpler days were such. The bbc series of the victorian kitchen and the war time kitchen and garden were tremendeous. I loved watching them them all. I also grew up in a waste not want not kind of family. The word frugality was not even used then, but people were living it. My grandparents and my mum were refugees after the war, and grandma was a wizz in the kitchen, always stretching food, making something out of nothing. We were tought from an early age not to waste food. What was given to you on your plate was better eaten, or else grandma would not let you leave the table. Through habbit I still clear my plates to this day. And if there should be any left overs they will end up in the compost caddy; and if it can benefit the garden I can`t look at it as being wasted, but rather regard it as being recycled.
    Simple foods to me are sometimes far more valuable than a meal at a restaurant. Fresh veggies and plenty of fruit I will never sting on when shopping. Your simple evening meal also looks delicious!


  2. Our plates as kids were always piled high with vegetables, meat was the treat and something that had to be rationed out over the week. Vegetables came in abudance from my Dad's allotment that we all worked on come rain or shine. I'm not a product of the war years, I'm 40 and grew up in a house where stretching the pennies was the impossible task my mum and dad had every week. It does make me smile now that while my parents were sad that my brother and I had to make do all that time they actually taught us so many skills that a lot of our generation never learnt.
    Here's hoping we're teaching our kids some of the same tricks 😉


  3. My Hub would LOVE that meal. Meat and 2 veg. or 3 veg… as long as there is meat!!

    I saw a wonderful programme about Elizabeth David, who in response to rationing, cooked using olive oil (condsidered a medicine then) and garlic, unheard of for most people then.

    Am more of an ethnic frugal foodie myself. its rice and dhal for me! (still frugal, but spicy!)


  4. Great post, and I think in many ways the way you've chosen to live totally embodies the spirit and ethos of the era, of course with the added bonus of paying off debt early =)

    I am so fascinated by this period in history as it affected those on the Home Front.


  5. I've always been so impressed with people that do wonderful things with leftovers! I was bought up on food out of the freezer and out of a box, heated up and usually served with baked beans or frozen peas! I have no idea! lol!

    The ways that people managed to stretch their rations in the war is amazing!

    I've taken quite a few books out of the library recently on WWII recipes and there is so much to learn from them!

    The programme on the link is so lovely! There seems to be quite a few episodes on YouTube, so I'm looking forward to watching some of them this evening. Thanks for the link :o)


  6. Beloved loves faggots and would overjoyed if I made them, he has to make do with Brains faggots at the moment. But yours do look very good. I enjoyed the link, will check out more x


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