Potato Pete in the 21st century

Potato Pete in the 21st century

During the Second World War, the British Isles were subjected to a Nazi naval blockade, the aim of which was to disrupt food imports and starve the British people into submission. Shipping, whatever it was carrying, had to get past the German U-boats before it could...
Potato Pete recipes for the 21st Century

Potato Pete recipes for the 21st Century

‘Potato Pete’ was a cartoon character from the WW2 era, whose job was to persuade people to fill up on homegrown potatoes rather than bread made from imported wheat. Potatoes made it into all kinds of recipes during the war, replacing some of the fat in...
Cauliflower and rosemary tart

Cauliflower and rosemary tart

Last Sunday, Nigel Slater published two ‘pie’ recipes in the Guardian. Neither is a pie in the ‘topped with pastry’ sense, but we’ll allow him some latitude. His Cauliflower and Rosemary Tart caught my eye, because it would make use of...
Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

In episode 8 of the BBC’s Wartime Farm historian Ruth Goodman decides to do some picnic catering for a party in the park, an event that would have been encouraged under the ‘Holidays at Home’ scheme – an attempt to provide some light relief for...
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...