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: Kew Gardens

Wartime Wednesday: Kew Gardens

Plant scientists, agriculturalists and horticulturalists played a vital role in World War 2, helping to grow the plants that kept the British people fed, and replaced drugs and other materials that were previously imported. Kew have made a lovely short video about the...
Wartime Wednesday: Bletchley Park

Wartime Wednesday: Bletchley Park

Ryan and I had a day off, so we took a trip out to Milton Keynes to visit Bletchley Park, a stately home that was a top secret location during WW2, the home of the codebreakers who cracked the German’s Enigma code, and helped the Allies win the war. What went on...
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...
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)...