Sunday, 11 March 2018

Living on Rations - Week Four - Day 27 - Leftovers and Questions



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!!

Sue xx

27 comments:

  1. I think...with the best will in the world that a challenge such as this can only go so far....we do have access to new tastes...we aren't in the same situation as folks in the war...our way of shopping has changed...just think of all the changes kitchens have undergone in the past 100 years alone?! It should certainly have proved frugal for your years main challenge if nothing else! x

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  2. I love that tea bread. My mum makes it and we have it with a bit of cheese.

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    1. We've not tried it with cheese yet, but it is nice with butter/spread.

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  3. I always enjoy readig your blog. If you google old scripture cake you get a translation 😊

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  4. http://oakden.co.uk/scripture-bible-cake-recipe/ is a good version of this recipe which has been around for years. I've made this fruitcake with my daughters and also children's groups at church [getting them to look up the ingredients in their Bibles] we have good discussions about ingredients which go back thousands of years. In Exodus, the Israeli tests complained to moses about their lack of cucumbers, melons and garlic that they ate in Egypt. I've really enjoyed your posts about ration diets - and especially the fact that they've highlighted how our diet/tastes have changed in the last 70 years. Thank you!

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    1. It's nice to think that the recipe is still actually being used and to get children to look through their bibles. I was shocked to realise out of all the books I own a bible isn't one of them. I used to have a couple of different versions.

      Thank you for following our rationing journey. xx

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  5. I've really enjoyed your challenge. Any individual recipes you spotted that you'd like to cook afterwards, even if you're not doing full on rations? For the last recipe, BibleHub and BibleGateway online are your friends. Based on the quantities, it's a pretty hefty cake!

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  6. If no-one has rewritten it before I get home, I'll have a go when I can print out the photo :-)
    J x

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  7. Enjoyed your challenge, and I think you have covered all topics very well, and it is a lesson to us all how we can manage and don't need to over shop, looking forward to reading your future posts on A Challenging Year, I have been looking at houses in Wales on the net this morning, to keep me motivated, we are working hard everyday to earn as much as we can with our online selling and bird sales, we have our fingers in a lot of pies at the moment, I don't go into too much detail on my blog about this, I shall look forward to picking up some more good money saving tips from you as you continue your challenge. x

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    1. North Wales is still a good place to look for reasonably priced property. We found our house through the Greenshifters website. http://www.greenshifters.co.uk/ It meant that Kev and Rebecca, the couple we bought the house and land off, didn't have to pay any estate agents fees so we were able to negotiate between ourselves and strike a good compromise over the price we ended up paying.

      We did just as you are doing and scrimped and saved, and mostly blogged about it, until we had our deposit and a good mortgage deal. Good luck with your journey, it seems your streams of income are all working out up to now.

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    2. Thankyou for the link Sue I have added this to my bookmarks, I also like that it has properties abroad as well, which are cheap enough to renovate and sell on, yes North Wales does seem like a very good place. Thankyou for your encouraging words.

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  8. My question is did you get fed up with mashed potatoes?!

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    1. My husband would live on mash! I take my potatoes out and serve as boiled, then mash his. Sue has done a brilliant job trying to vary foods. She is quite right when she says our taste buds have changed.

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  9. I really enjoyed following your wartime rations challenge and I now have a super tea loaf recipe ( made it up four times since your challenge started) thank you so much! Oh and a couple of new books 😊My question is did you have any serious cravings for food/drinks unavailable to you in wartime?

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  10. I would like to ask if you got bored with anything in particular and how do you think singletons living in the city would have coped? What challenges do you
    I've not been eating red meat during Lent as my challenge (but do eat poultry and fish) and have found it surprisingly easy. I do have to think ahead a bit more and it has certainly encouraged a few more vegetarian meals but it hasn't been as difficult as I'd thought it might be. There is a bit of a boredom factor creeping in (but it just means that I'll have to find some new recipes) so I'll just have to see how things go over the next few weeks.

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  11. Bible Cake Oakden.co.uk. Recipe Ingredients Cheat Sheet:
    1) butter (softened)
    2) sugar (caster sugar or fine white sugar)
    3) honey.
    4) eggs.
    5) raisins.
    6) figs (dried figs – chopped small)
    7) almonds (flaked)
    8) flour (plain)
    I had copied this ready to paste before I read the comments already posted and noticed that
    Angela had sent a link to the same site!
    The questions I would like answered are which modern fruit and vegetables did you miss most
    and did you find your sweet ration too small
    Sue

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    1. Thank you so much for that. I had Googled around a bit but found lots of the ingredients were listed in different orders than in the recipe in my wartime book. This really helps ... wow it's a big cake!!

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    2. Perhaps you could halve the quantities or make the whole amount and divide between two tins, one for now and one to freeze.
      Sue

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  12. Looking more closely, I note that the recipe in the picture has 12 ingredients, the Oakden one has only 8 [I suspect water, salt and leaven i.e. baking powder should be in there somewhere] Probably not a good idea to mix and match these recipes. The other problem is that the recipe is very old, so uses the Authorised King James Version Bible - modern translations might give an entirely different list!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to check this, as the recipe is so large I doubt I'll be making it up :-)

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  13. I have so enjoyed this month, reading your blog each day to see how things were going and what you were coming up with to eat. DH has just said "that was so good", we just had our first piece of your tea loaf. It was lovely made with currants and tea. I wonder if the challenge was harder when trying to fix healthy diabetic friendly meals. Did you find anything that you want to eat less of going forward? Seems to me you eat very healthily normally. I am new to your blog and now find that I want to go back and read at your old blog when I have a few spare mins. I learned quite a lot this month and picked up several new recipes. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  14. Hi, have you come across what the rations were for toddlers? With have a 18 month old so wondered what rations would look like for our family. I've looked a little and couldn't find any information

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  15. I am wondering how this experiment will influence your portioning, shopping and savings habits going forward and also if you feel healthier or are any lighter since this began? I've enjoyed reading along. Thank you.

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  16. I used good old Google to find these but I could have used one of my many Bibles (my DH is a Pastor!).
    1. Butter
    2. White Sugar
    3. Honey
    4. Eggs
    5. Raisins or Sultanas
    6. Figs
    7. Almonds
    8. Flour
    9. Spices
    10. Salt
    11. Leavening (soda?)
    12. Water/Milk

    I am really intrigued by this recipe - I may have to give it a try myself, though it sounds like it makes a HUGE amount.

    Hope that's helpful!
    Lea

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    1. Thank you, this is the first reply that has included the full 12 ingredients, like you I think this cake would be huge ... enough to feed a small congregation perhaps :-)

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  17. Thank you for all these questions.

    I will try and watch out for any more being added and add them to the following blog post.

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  18. The bible cake looks like the same recipe for scripture cake which I blogged about here http://thequincetree65.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/easter-baking.html

    The ingredients are listed but you have to highlight them to find out what they are.

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