I've just finished reading yet another book.
This one by Megan Westley has been a really good read, and has been my bedtime reading for the past few nights. It's a good book to buy if you like reading a mix of information about what happened and when during the second World War as it has lists of dates and events at the beginning of each chapter but it is also about a person challenging themselves to live on wartime rations for a whole year ... a person after my own heart just with a lot more stamina.
Could I do this challenge for a whole year, I very much doubt it. There's too much to think about and I feel as though my every waking thought is food at the moment and I really wouldn't want to carry on like this after this week is over.
What doing this challenge for almost four weeks has highlighted for me is that we can and do already eat very cheaply, that we have far too much food in our store cupboards and freezer ... after all I've barely shopped for the past four weeks, we have been able to 'buy' almost all of the things we needed for each weeks ration from our own stores. But the main thing that has been highlighted for me is that although I like spending time in my kitchen cooking from scratch I also like the ability at the drop of a hat to be able to say sod it, and just have a couple of Linda McCartney sausage rolls and a splodge of mayo to dunk them in for my tea.
The wartime housewives have my full respect.
To have to produce tasty, filling and as nutritiously balanced as possible meals day in day out for well over six years must have been such hard work, and to do it under terrifying conditions, at times on very little sleep due to night time air raids. Lots of them without the help of husbands or partners who were away fighting for king and country. Imagine never knowing when you went out shopping if the food you wanted or needed would even be available to buy in the shops, or how long you would have to queue to get that food.
We are so lucky these days. We can pop to the shops buy foods from all over our country and from all over the world. We can eat foods that are not in season here but that we just want to continue eating all year round just because we like it whenever we want to. This was brought home to me in a very funny way last week, we were watching the television news during the heavy snowfalls of last week and a man was being interviewed who had been snowed into his village for almost a week, when he was questioned about how they were coping the first thing he said was 'it's been terrible ... we're down to our last avocado' !!
For breakfast this morning we had toast, spread and marmalade, I had lunch out with Mum at a British Restaurant (Wyevale) and Alan had some of his freshly cooked lamb on sandwiches.
Tea was the Shepherdess Pie in the round dish, that I had put into the freezer last week with a freshly made mashed potato topping ... and very nice it was too.