Monday, 19 February 2018

Living on Rations - Day 7 - Week One Leftovers


I like weekend breakfasts, much more leisurely than usual and I read through the coming weeks Radio Times, circle any programmes that I really want to watch or record and then test my brain with the puzzles at the back.  It feels like I'm getting ready for a new week ahead.


After breakfast I decided to see what foods we have leftover now that we were on our last day of our first week Living on Rations.

In the freezer there are two tubs of soup, one veg and one chicken.  Two bags of saved peelings and trimmings ready to make more soup, and a bag of blanched cauliflower.


In the fridge there is a jar of pickled Beetroot, half of my cheese and all of Alan's, and one of Alan's sausages.


Two jugs of soup, one veg and one chicken.


Also in the fridge half a litre of my milk and just under two pints of Alan's.


In the vegetable drawer of the fridge there are four onions, about 6 carrots, two parsnips and half a red cabbage.  In the lower drawer there is half a head of celery, an Iceberg lettuce I had forgotten all about and some red onions that are out of bounds ... actually I might chop them up and  pop them in the freezer as I doubt they will last until rationing is over.  But I will use the lettuce up, I can always pretend it's a white cabbage that is seasonal and use it in some coleslaw.


I'm surprised at how well our tea and coffee have done, there are 8 teabags left and around 6 spoonfuls of coffee.  I knew we would be more than okay with the sugar ration as neither of us take it in hot drinks and I hadn't done much sweet baking.


And after two trips to the cinema this week I have one candy cane left.


Everything is listed here ... well I thought it was, I have just added 4 potatoes and garlic to the 'Vegetables Carried Forward' list.


Lunch was soup and bread, eaten separately as we were both busy doing different things and our evening meal was supposed to be a 'full English' but I forgot Alan's fried eggs  :-(

I didn't even notice that I hadn't made him any until he was quietly tucking into his plate of food.  And yes there is a total cheat on our plates ... some ready made hash browns from the freezer, I knew my plate would be too sparse with just one sausage and beans so it was a question of grab something else quick.  Very tasty.

Now it's time to weigh out the rations for Week Two.

Sue xx

16 comments:

  1. Our sweets were one of those multi bags of mini chocolate bars. DS could have one each day, which weighed in at 3oz for the week.

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    1. That was a good idea, and having one 'full' bar, although small, each day would have seemed very reasonable.

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  2. It's amazing that even in WW2 frugality, there are leftovers. You'll be able to provide a whole week's food from leftovers if it carries on like this. Thank heavens for fridges and freezers!
    Good luck (not that you need it) for week 2. :-)
    J x

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    1. Without the freezer leftovers like this would not have been possible.

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  3. You are doing very well with stretching everything, it just goes to prove doesn't it we don't need cupboards,freezers and fridges packed to the rafters.Your little English Breakfast looks good, hash browns are cheap to buy and are a good standby to keep in.

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    1. There are three hash browns left in the freezer ...they might make an appearance again before the challenge is over 😉

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  4. You have done so well - never thought there would be leftovers!
    I'm laughing at the hash browns - I'd never bought them before even though I see them all the time in the freezer section. However, I was having a lot of people for brunch in December and happened to buy a large box of them to help pad out the meal. I had leftovers and occasionally treated myself to one with breakfast all through January (I think mine were a little bigger than yours so one was enough). They are finished now but have to say that I've been tempted to buy some more - but my shop only seems to carry the very large pkg. - about 3 dozen - so it would take me ages to get through them!

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    1. They do pad out a meal nicely and are very cheap. Cheaper than making them from scratch, but I think I will have a go at making my own next week.

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  5. Hard to believe that there are left-overs. Well done!!

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    1. I know ... it will make things easier this week for sure.

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  6. I love this challenge - how did you manage to have leftovers? I understand the veg peelings thing because I save all my peelings in the freezer and then make soup. But left over tea / coffee and milk?????????? :-)

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    1. We obviously just don't use the amount in a week that the rations allow. Alan only has a splash of milk in his tea, and not that much on cereal. I take my coffee black, so my milk was used on cereal, again only a small amount like I usually have, and in cooking ti brush on bread, pastry etc.

      I was surprised at having coffee and teabags over but we were very strict for the first half of the week, and Alan has found his teabags make two goods cups of tea ... and occasionally a pretty insipid third cup 😉

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  7. Wow...I would not have expected that much left. Good for you.Do you save the peel from cucumbers as part of your stock?

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    1. There are no cucumbers in our diet at the moment. They are not in season in the UK in February, so would not have been available in 1940.

      I wouldn't add them to soup though as they are the bitterest part of the vegetable/fruit.

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  8. Do you remember The Railway Children where the mother sums up being poor as having butter or marmalade on you bread, not both. It could be applied to rationing.

    I have cut a 47g Topic into 12 thin slices and put it in a jar for my week's rations. Last week it was 50g of Aldi dark chocolate, a square sucked slowly and enjoyed to the full. There were two squares left at the end of the week.

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    1. I should snap my chocolate into squares and do this, this week. If I leave it as one bar it will vanish far too quickly 😉

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