Thursday, 15 February 2018

Living on Rations - Day 3 - My Decision


Yesterday I left you with  '... and I made a decision', so cruel to keep you hanging on I know, such is the power of the blogger  ;-)

While Alan was away I decided to confiscate some of his meat ration. 

It was not sitting right with me using the 'yellow stickered' (reduced) price of the meats I bought as the costings for his meat allowance of £4.66 worth of meat.  So I have removed the two steak burgers and his little pile of diced beef.  I'll just have to re-jig my menu to accommodate these removals, something a wartime housewife would no doubt have done over and over as meats and other foodstuffs came and went off the ration.

I'm much happier with myself and being much more true to rationing now .... phew!!

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Breakfast on day three was eaten alone, as much as I love my darling husband sometimes solitude at breakfast is bliss.  Just me and a good book ...


... I'm still reading this one.

As you can see from the top photo there are lots of little 'stickies' marking recipes that I want to try.  It's a really good read, although I'm getting a bit ahead of myself at the moment and reading about the end of rationing.


Food rationing went on until June 1954 ... with meat being the last thing to be taken off the ration.



I made some more bread, we still had a bit of the last loaf left but I wanted to overlap the old with the fresh.


I couldn't resist a slice of the fresh with my dinner time soup though ...although I forgot to take a photo of the soup.


Although the menu for the week told me my tea was to be 'Jacket Potatoes and Homemade Coleslaw', I wasn't really that hungry, or in the mood to faff about with veggies so I just had my potatoes with a little sprinkle of cheese and some of my spread.  They were really filling ... and very tasty, sometimes just having what you fancy is the best thing, and being on my own there was no-one to complain about missing coleslaw  ;-)

Somehow I managed another slice of the freshly baked bread ,this time with a bit of jam with my evening cup of coffee later on.


Haha .... there'll be no chance of this  :-)

Sue xx



34 comments:

  1. Wow, I thought the decision would be different...A question: What is the process for soaking oats overnight? Water in a pot in the fridge? Never done it but if it produces more creaminess I'll give a try. Nice bread.

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    1. Sorry if you thought it was going to be much more exciting 🀣

      I just put the porridge oats into the pan they are going to be cooked in and pour enough water over to generously cover ... they swell quite a bit. I leave it on the worktop with the pan lid on but you could put them in the fridge if you want, taking them out and bringing them back to room temperature before you put them on to cook. Once cooled I add a dash of milk and a smidge of sugar.

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    2. Thanks. I'll give that a try!

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  2. It will make it harder for you, well for Alan πŸ˜‰ But I think it is absolutely the right decision if you feel better about it. I love jacket potatoes and cheese, could eat them every day πŸ˜€ Just about to measure out the ingredients for the tea loaf recipe on your blog. Soak tonight and bake tomorrow 🀞

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    1. They were delicious 😊

      I've been wondering whether to make a tea loaf, but it would use most of my dried fruit, so I'm holding off for now.

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  3. stale bread went to bread pudding

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    1. In our house it goes to breadcrumbs or garliccy croutons 😊

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  4. I love a big jacket spud with lots of butter and cheese....from now on it'll be a medium spud with a lot less butter and cheese though....

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    1. That sounds like a very good plan. Far better to reduce what you have than live without it altogether 😊

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  5. I am sure Alan won't mind, it is all for a good cause, you'll get that mortgage paid off quicker.
    I did have a question about that, but not sure if you wanted to answer, but if you don't that is fine I totally understand. The question was are you just going to try and pay the mortgage off by just spending less and putting the savings away or will you be doing anything to make extra money?

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    1. Obviously any extra money we make would go towards the mortgage, but the main plan is just to spend less and leave most of our salaries in the bank to pay off the mortgage.

      Although we are giving ourselves the luxury of being able to spend any money we make at car boot sales at the car boot sales ... if we see something we 'have' to have.

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  6. It is important to have a little "mad money" Mine goes on fabric and yarn, I can not sit with empty hands and I have a very kit worthy family. I find fresh bread very hard to resist but have no problem with stale bread, breadcrumbs get into lots of recipes.

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    1. I agree, that's why we thought car boot takings ideal for this. It's money that has not been in the house, earned from things we no longer need or want, and of course you never know what you may find to buy. Alan looks for old tools and I will be on the look out for more wartime books and more enamel pots to add to my collection.

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  7. He he...a shock for hubby when he gets back...but as you say...much truer to the real deal x

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    1. He took it very stoically 😊

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  8. The bread looks lovely, a very professional looking loaf.

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    1. Thank you.

      It helped that I was pottering around in the kitchen for most of the time it was rising and cooking and I could keep an eye on it. Turning it to face the other direction half way through cooking meant the larger loaf didn't bake as lop-sided as it usually does :-)

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  9. Sue I’m enjoying reading about your challenge immensely. I put my family on wartimerationng for a couple of weeks some years ago. It went well but the thing I missed most was lemons. Can I ask how you get that lovely shine on your loaves? I’m assuming it’s not egg wash as you’re vegan.

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    1. It is egg wash.

      I do occasionally have something that has in it ... or on it ... one of our eggs, but only our eggs. I usually use my Almond milk for brushing on pastry or bread but we had a broken egg and it seemed criminal not to use it.

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  10. I was going to ask the exact same question. They look wonderful. Jan xx

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  11. Thanks Sue. It looks so good I shall start egg washing my loaves too.

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  12. I love that book you show - so many interesting facts and every time I pick it up I seem to learn something new!

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    1. It's fascinating isn't it. It is three of Marguerite Pattens book combined into one.

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  13. I have that book. I bought it last year in a charity shop on holiday. It is really good. Your bread looks good. Now my bread maker seems to have packed up, I am trying to get on to making my own but not terribly successful so far. It is ok but heavy even though I mixed the wholemeal with the white.

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    1. Are you kneading for long enough? I leave my mixer 'Ken' doing it for a good 10 minutes, then I knead for 5 minutes by hand. After it's proved and doubled in size I knock it back and lightly knead again before shaping into loaves etc.

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  14. Which cheese did you use Sue?

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    1. I use Violife cheese. There's a little label on the tub if you look closely :-)

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    2. Ha, I use that too! For soooo many years vegan cheese was pants so I didn’t eat it. It’s much improved over the past couple of years thank goodness!

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  15. No wonder my London born mother told me she enjoyed bananas and avocados.
    Didn't realise rationing continued till a year before I was born.

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    1. I know ... it went on for so long after the war. Even bread and potatoes were rationed AFTER the war!

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