These final few days of our wartime rationing challenge has really got me thinking.
We are steadily working our way through the last of the things in our wartime store cupboard stash. Contrary to what some people think we have not been eating foods from our usual cupboard at all, well maybe a couple of little 'cheats' a pinch of chilli flakes in the soup pot, a squeeze of garlic paste when I had forgotten to add a chopped garlic clove to a dish and it was almost cooked are two that spring to mind. Each time I have thought well yes, it's a cheat but if I didn't have them already opened (and invented) I wouldn't have used them. And we do have to remember that we have 21st century taste buds and are used to spicier foods now.
Since I took these photos, the dried fruit in the top picture has been put to soak in hot coffee and sugar ready to make my 'Tea Bread' and the leftover Macaroni dish from the fridge, in this photo has been eaten so our supplies are dwindling.
(The stacks of spreads and vegan cheeses at the back of this shelf are out of bounds normal supplies that I have been weighing out our rations from each week.)
Just about to be used are the leftover baked beans in the little white pot at the front of the fridge shelf and the Lurpak and Flora spread tubs are almost empty. The tub of pre-cooked chickpeas are just about to be turned into a portion of chickpea tuna for my dinner ... which will include another cheat, a bit of a bigger one this time as I need half an onion and a stick of celery and squirt of mayonnaise.
I never said I was perfect ... but I am honest ;-)
In the freezer the two slices of bacon and sausages are missing now from the shelf and are currently thawing ready for a 'full English' when Alan comes in from
hacking at pruning the front flower bed and sits down to watch his rugby match.
So everything is getting sparser and sparser as this Living on Rations challenge draws to an end, and for the final post in this series tomorrow I am going to throw the floor open to you. All those of you who have been reading along and cheering us on from the side lines over the last four weeks can have the final word.
What would you like to know?
Have I missed out information that you would have found useful?
Have I talked about but not written a recipe out that you would have liked.
Have you done, or are going to do something similar and would you like us all to dash over and follow you?
Any questions you have to do with this challenge will be answered on the next post. In the meantime I leave you with this question ....
.... do any of you know what the ingredients are for this cake recipe taken from the Ration Book Cookery book in the photo? I don't have a clue and don't own a bible, which is shocking knowing how many books I do own!!