Wartime Wednesday: Spam hash

Wartime Wednesday: Spam hash

If you look back at the anecdotes of World War 2 food, people have mixed feelings about Spam. However, I would imagine that when it arrived in 1941 it was quite warmly greeted by a population short on meat and lacking variety in their diet. Without a fridge, an opened...
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...