Friday, 16 February 2018

Living on Rations - Day 4 - Eating Out


I fancied something different for breakfast the other day before I set off to Mum's so I had some of the cereal bought with our points and just a small slice of toast and marmalade.

It kept me going until lunchtime, and as I knew we would be eating out and having a cooked dinner I knew there was no need to 'fill up' first thing.   Alan just had a few rounds of toast ... he was already out walking the dogs round the paddock and taking Ethel her breakfast, when I was getting my breakfast and taking this photograph.


Eating out was something a lot of folk did during the war years, sometimes at British Restaurants, originally called 'Community Feeding Centres but then renamed by Winston Churchill.  These were set up to ensure that everyone had access to a nourishing meal for a low cost ... meals were sold for a set maximum price of 9d.  If they weren't eating at a British Restaurant they could eat at a normal one where the price for even a three course meal was not allowed to exceed five shillings.

Yesterday me and Mum chose to eat at her local Wyevale Garden Centre, and a very nice lunch it was too ... and like at British Restaurants and other restaurants during the war years I didn't have to worry about rationing or points.


When I got back home I wasn't very hungry after my cooked lunch and Alan was busy so we didn't have our evening meal for a couple of hours.  When we did it was 'almost' to the menu but I swapped out a homemade veggie burger for one of my sausages to keep things simple after a long drive.


I've recently found myself looking with great interest at 1940s fashion pictures ...


.. some of the outfits are not a million miles away from my 'going away' suit that I wore after my first marriage in 1978.


But I think these days this is much more my style  ;-)

Sue xx



19 comments:

  1. I love the fashions of the 40's/50's. The ladies always looked so well dressed - even out in the fields! Plus, weren't they slim!!

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    1. They were all a similar and very slim shape weren't they. My Mum had a wonderful figure in the 1950's. I will havd to dig out her wedding photo 😊

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  2. Interesting to hear about eating out. I love the clothes they wore too. As Mrs said even the tailored overalls look smart. I particularly love the fitted knitted jumpers and vests.

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    1. Lots of people ate out regularly, of had a good cooked two course dinner at work. It helped eke out those rations.

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  3. Our local Wyvale does some nice meals too. I'm glad your rationing isn't stopping you from having a nice meal out now and again.
    J x

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    1. They have a standard menu right across the country, buf it's down to how each kitchen churns it out. The one that used to be near-ish to us in Berkshire was terrible. Exactly the same food but dried out and lukewarm. It takes real skill to ruin what is basically fast food!!

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  4. I love the 1940s fashions. The knitwear was usually very feminine and all the ladies seemed to make an effort to be smart even just for shopping. My mum favoured skirts and dresses but I'm more t shirts and jeans these days too. I wish I was as soon as the women in the photos! I am really enjoying your challenge Sue xx

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  5. Oops...typo... I wish I was as SLIM ...x

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    1. Haha ... I guessed what you meant 😊

      I should perhaps look out for a vintage 40/50s dress for one of our infrequent evenings out and give Alan a surprise ... or a shock 😉

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  6. That is interesting about the restaurants and eating out...I saw something in a television series and wondered about it. I don't think it was done in the US but probably saved lives as well as extending rations. I like your photos.

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    1. It's something I knew nothing about until recently, yes as you save it must have really helped. There are some lovely 1940/50s photographs around, they have a very nostalgic appeal.

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  7. I wish Mum was still around to ask her about the British Restaurants, I seem to remember her saying the food was very bland but it kept body and soul going so was needed. I have photos of my Mum looking very slim and glam in the late 1940's as a young army wife. I made the tea bread today and it's delicious and all using no fat! Amazing thank you for the recipe.

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    1. I know!! We've eaten our way almost through a whole 2.5kg bag this week.

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  9. The Forties ladies all appear to be clutching their laptops.
    Never seen handbags? like that before.

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    1. Haha, they do don't they 😊

      My Nana had a good collection of handbags, that as a child I was allowed to play with. She had a couple of largish flat ones.

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  10. I recently read an interesting book about a young girl who ran a war time restaurant (the sort that was funded by the government). I hadn’t known they existed and googled it to see some facts. It was interesting to read about rationing and growing food to help the rations along. If you’re interested I can look the name of the book up? Melissa (Australia).

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