Saturday, 17 February 2018

Living on Rations - Day 5 - Coincidences


I'm quite well known for my profile photo of me and my giant cabbage but here's someone who beat me to it way back in 1940 ...although I beat her easily in the cabbage stakes, her cabbage is so much smaller ... but she wins the prize for her gardening outfit, it is so much prettier than my usual jeans, checked shirt and fleece  ;-)

I didn't take a photo of our breakfast but it was simply the reverse of yesterday ... Alan had cereal and a single slice of toast and I had two slices of toast and Marmalade.


Then I set to making a Chicken Stew and a Vegetable Stew for our tea.


Again all the peelings were washed and bagged and thrown into the freezer, where they joined the last lot as I forgotten to use them when I made the pot of soup.  Next week's huge pan of soup is going to be super frugal at this rate.


Once Alan's stew was cooked I lifted out one of the four chicken drumsticks and carefully pulled all the meat off the bone with a knife and fork ... I can't bear to touch meat ... and chopped it with some of the veg.


Along with a few spoonfuls of the veg from my pan of stew in a different tub  this was all left to go cold before being put into the fridge.  This is going to be the filling for some more pasties.


And then the rest of the stew was left to cool on the worktop before going into the fridge, this was  reheated at teatime.


Lunch was a bowl of soup and some bread ...


... followed by a slice of bread and jam.

You might have noticed this is a different jam to our 'ration' jar, but I found a jar of  homemade Mixed Berry jam in the fridge with just a couple of spoonfuls left in it and wanted to use it up.  I don't like having too many jars on the go at once.


We had the Chicken/Vegetable Stews for our tea and then the leftovers once cooled were whizzed up to make some more soup.  It's always nice to have a choice of soups in the fridge.  Whatever doesn't get eaten within a day will go into the freezer. 

So that made three different meals from the pans of stew, the stew itself, filling for pasties and then finally soup.


We called into Tesco after going to the cinema last night to pick up this weeks copy of the Radio Times ... and the Valentines Day roses were reduced to 12p each, I bought Alan one ...and he bought me one right back  :-)

1960's rather than 40's but lovely and retro.

Have you ever noticed that once you start doing something completely different there are lots of coincidences to do with that thing.   I opened the Radio Times up to discover this lovely retro cover inside the original one ... and rather weirdly on 12th February when we officially started this eating on World War Two rations an unexploded WW2  bomb was found at King George V Dock near London City airport and had to be safely detonated by the Royal Navy.

Yesterday we were in M&S in Llandudno just to take a look at the recent relocation of the menswear and children's wear into what used to just be the ladies wear department in the main branch and I had a look around at the new 'fashions' for Spring/Summer this year, and guess what I found ... numerous tops and dresses that would be very in keeping with the era we are currently eating in ... I must admit to being slightly tempted ... but I resisted  :-)

I love coincidences ... although maybe not so much the unexploded bomb one!!

Sue xx

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  1. It seems to be the in thing at the moment or, as I believe people say, 'trending'. Must take a look next time I go to M&S.
    J x

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    1. Yep, we're definitely all trending :-)

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  2. I thought at first the lady with the cabbage was you!! Same colouring, same veg! I thought you'd got your glad-rags on.
    (Breton style t-shirts never went out of fashion).
    Love to look back on this era - I doubt the current era will be looked back on so fondly.

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    1. Haha very flattering - thank you. She's at least 30 years younger than me!!

      Stripey t shirts will always be in fashion won't they, I have lots :-)

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  3. I love it when I make one meal and Ivan use it as the base for more meals.

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    1. I know what you're saying, predictive text is brilliant isn't it ... but I love the thought of 'Ivan' making all your meals ;-)

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    2. Haha that made me laugh 😂 needed the cheering up as recovering from a mild relapse so thank you, I need an Ivan to cook in my kitchen too 😂

      You made great use of the stews, brilliant ideas!

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  4. I really thought that was you when the picture came up in my reading list.
    What funny coincidences you have had. I love the fashions back then, I would be more than happy to where them.
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. Haha, yep ... she's me but in 1940 and much younger ;-)

      Hope your weekend is good too. xx

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  5. I thought the top photo could be an actual younger photo of you also! How do you use the vegetable trimmings in your next soup? Do you just simmer them for awhile and then use that strained liquid as a vegetable broth for your soup? BTW, I enjoy seeing the retro photos in your posts. Good price on the roses, it's always fun to find "tiny treasures" like that. Deb in Ohio

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    1. I just treat them as though they were normal vegetables. Bring them to the boil with the other veg that I will put in, then simmer for an hour or so and then whizz up with the stick blender.

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  6. You've just given me the inspiration for what to do with some chicken and some veg from the pantry. Hp[e you both enjoy the weekend.

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    1. You can wrap virtually any food in pastry and turn it into a different sort of tasty meal :-)

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  7. Isn't it interesting that by just changing type face and layout on that RT picture it immediately looks 50 years older.
    Saw the news of the bomb being taken out to sea and blown up, they reckon there are loads more UXB's just waiting to be found under London - a worrying thought

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    1. They've been finding them on and off ever since the war ended, hopefully there can't be too many left to find, but as you say it's a worrying thought!!

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  8. I am really enjoying following your rations experiment. Thank you for publishing this!

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