Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Living on Rations - Week Three - Day 16


Toast for breakfast.


A lovely pair of baps ...


... to go with our 'peelings and trimmings soup'


And then a lovely and very large tea of Spaceship Pasties ... as we've now christened them.  Don't panic, it's just to do with the shape .. there are no little spacemen inside. 

Inside the wholewheat pastry was the last of the beef and vegetable stews and as you can see they were served with broccoli, boiled potatoes and Bisto gravy.  I used all Trex as the fat for the pastry, as I still had virtually all of last weeks ration left, and although the pastry was as light as a feather is was murder to work with.


It was only when I came to open up my head of broccoli that I realised it isn't in season in this country at the moment, it was from Spain ... duh!!  I should have known that instantly as I grow it myself.  How conditioned we are to just picking up what we fancy from the shops these days and not stopping to consider what is actually in season NOW.  Lesson learnt.


We were really full after our tea ... and yet somehow between us we managed to eat almost all of one of these little banana cake loaves.

I'm really doubting that we are losing any weight or getting any fitter on this wartime ration way of eating as at the moment I'm feeling proper podged!!

Sue xx

21 comments:

  1. I meant to say earlier in here, thanks so much for the lovely little books. It may be small but there's a lot inside - it's a bit Tardis-like in that way.
    Banana bread/cake is so delicious,. I'm not surprised you ate a lot!
    J x

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  2. Love that "proper podged" I know it well. I too have a weakness for banana bread, naked though or maybe with a scrape of marmalade.

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    1. Unfortunately, although I've just made some more marmalade the banana cake is all gone!

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  3. You are doing a good job managing, banana cake is almost addictive.

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    1. It sure is addictive it's all gone now ;-)

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  4. Sprouting broccoli is in season ;-) although I don't know if it was available during the war. Love banana cake!

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    1. I know, but this isn't sprouting and I fed the PSB that I DID have to the chickens during the last lot of snow we had :-(

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  5. Well I've gotta giv it to you...that is a lovely looking pair of baps!! x

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  6. Do you think you are eating healthy? I am a diabetic and that would be way too many carbs for me. Wonder what people did during war-time? Cheryl

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    1. It's all about balancing the meat to carbs ratios. We will see how we have done when we do the weights and measures at the end of this little experiment.

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  7. I was actually wondering the same thing as Cheryl.... Much as I'd love a breakfast of toast & jam or a large bowl of porridge it's just too many carbs for me and my diet (doctor's orders). Is it simply that that was what was available or is it just your preference?
    While you always eat loads of lovely vegetables I do think you are a bit low in fruit. Again is this a preference or is it simply that only things like apples or pears would have been available? I think that is what I would miss the most.
    Funny thing about banana bread - I volunteer at church to help students & new arrivals in Canada to improve their English and we always serve tea & coffee and lots of treats and there was a lot of banana bread on offer last night. I had a table full of students from Japan who loved it but had no idea what it was!

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    1. It has just been our preference recently during all this cold weather. We could also eat eggs, Alan could have his bacon, ham or sausage ration for breakfast if he wanted. For the last few weeks though we have been busy and a quick breakfast of toast or already soaked porridge means that we can both get on with our morning chores.

      I don't like fruit so it is a preference and anyway having your minimum of five a day is always best in vegetables rather than fruit, there is way too much sugar in most fruits to make it healthy for Alan to eat just as a snack.

      We are taking as our rationing period February 1940 in the UK so there would not have been any apples or pears available except bottled, which we are using. All our homegrown stored apples and pears are used up so this backs up that fact. We do have lots of our homegrown berries and other fruits in the freezer and will go back to eating them after the Challenge finishes.

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    2. Thank you - you make a lot of sense.

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  8. I like the expression 'feeling podged'! We all know how that feels.
    The spaceship pasties look good.

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    1. They were really tasty ... we are loving wholewheat pastry :-)

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  9. Hi Sue I was just going to ask how you are feeling on the rations but your last words have answered that :-), I know we eat a lot more stodge in the winter months, but in the warmer weather we live on salads. x

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    1. We are the same, and I think eating seasonally it works out right. Just as you get totally fed up with soups and stodge in comes the homegrown and locally produced shop bought salads and fruits. After a few months of salads back come the soups, stews and lovely wintery stodge ... just as it should be AND more importantly I guess, just what our bodies need.

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  10. I love the way you are using every bit that you can in your meals.

    God bless.

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    1. We never waste anything. If we've paid for it or worked to produce it we should use every bit of everything we have.

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