Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

Wartime Wednesday: Planting Garlic

After 3 weeks (2 ‘official, 1 trial) living on a modern version of the wartime rations, Ryan and I are calling it a day. We’re not hungry, and we’re not bored with the food. What we’ve found is that we live within the ration of meat, fats and dairy products quite...
Life on rations – week 2

Life on rations – week 2

Last week’s menu plan included chicken stir-fries, black pudding hotpot, Bolognese sauce and pasta and pesto. The Bolognese sauce, made with 450g beef mince and bulked out with a can of kidney beans and plenty of veg (carrots and one of my last few patty pan squashes)...
Exploring Eccentricity

Exploring Eccentricity

If you meet me in person I look pretty normal, but given that I chose to title this blog The Unconventional Gardener, you’ve probably guessed that I consider myself to be a little unusual. I had a very conventional upbringing, but it didn’t stick; I consider the...
Life on rations – week 1

Life on rations – week 1

Last year I wondered how well we would cope with rationing, and now Ryan and I have decided to try living on a modern version of WW2 rations for a while. We’re both interested in the wartime era, although from different perspectives. Ryan loves the aircraft and more...
Wartime onion recipes

Wartime onion recipes

Given the shortage of onions during WW2, it’s not surprising that there aren’t many wartime recipes in which they play a starring role, but I did manage to find three – all of which required the onions to be parboiled. I’d never boiled an onion...