Friday, 2 March 2018

Living on Rations - Week Three Day 18 - Marmalade


Lovely hot porridge for breakfast this morning, just what I needed before getting wrapped up and going out to tend to Ethel, the chickens and the hungry and thirsty wildlife.  With all this non-stop snow everything takes a lot of thawing out at the moment, and normal chores are taking us three times longer than usual.

All went well until I somehow managed to get some warm water into my left wellie .... it didn't stay warm for long!!  I managed to get all the chores done before frostbite set in  ;-)


On the agenda today was a spot of marmalade making. 

You can't beat the smell of hot marmalade around the house on a cold, cold day.  I took this week's sugar ration in Jam Sugar (from the cupboard) and used last week's sugar ration that we hadn't even touched as well ... so that was two pounds of sugar.


I needed four pounds of sugar to make up this tin of marmalade concentrate from the store cupboard, so half the marmalade I make will be out of bounds until this month long Challenge is over.


As it made four and half large jars and two small ones this will not be a problem.


Neatly labelled ...


... and then added to the preserves cupboard.

Now if we are sticking to the story that we are actually living on rations in February 1940 where would my tin of marmalade concentrate have come from? 

Well I could have swapped a dozen eggs for some oranges and made up the shortfall with some of my bottled apple puree ... eggs were always a good bartering tool for those that had their own chickens ... or maybe it would simply have been in my store cupboard from before the outbreak of war.  Anyway as a thrifty rural housewife I would have been able to rustle up some sort of marmalade or jam with my excess sugar ... anyone that knows me and has read my other blog will know that I regularly make 'Compost Heap Jelly'  :-)

Lunch for a change wasn't soup it was a sausage butty for me and a bacon butty for Alan with a hot drink and a sit down watching an episode from our Wartime Farm box set.


Our tea was once again taken from this little book.


Tomato Macaroni au Gratin


I added a layer of fresh tomato slices to the dish and then topped it with about  four times as many breadcrumbs as the recipe suggested straight from the freezer.


It was absolutely delicious.

Alan had some belly pork pieces that were left over from last weeks meat ration with his, I was more than happy with just a large portion of the macaroni.  This one is definitely going to be repeated on our menu in the future.


There was one portion left over ... I think there could be a fight over this  ;-)

Sue xx

19 comments:

  1. Oh no, not a fight! I just had porridge for tea. Just me eating tonight.

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    1. Porridge is good at any time on a cold day :-)

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  2. Could you possibly reproduce the compost heap jelly here or post a link, please?
    I use Ma-Made (or the equivalent) too - so delicious and loads less hassle than making it from scratch. The lemon one is so good.

    (who won the fight?)
    J x

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    1. It's obe of Pam Corbin's recipes from the River Cottage Preserves book.

      http://ournewlifeinthecountry.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/compost-heap-jelly.html

      Hope this link to the right page on my other blog works, I've never done a link on my tablet before 🤞

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    2. I've got that book but always forget to look in it for jam etc ideas. Will definitely be making that jelly and what a great way to use up the bits you normally throw away.

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    3. Brilliant, thank you very much indeed.
      J x

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  3. I was up at the crack of dawn to see to the wildlife, everthing was buried under snow they were so glad to see me.
    I always buy the same tin of prepared oranges to make marmalade, have done for years, its lovely stuff. I made the macaroni recipe a few weeks ago, it was good.x

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    1. It's so much easier and quicker using a tin of prepped fruit isn't it, and still as delicious as if you had started from scratch.

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  4. Sue, tomatoes in February:) Looks very nice.

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    1. They were bought as a 'treat' when Alan got his salted peanuts two shopping trips ago :-)

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  5. I really LOVE your little preserves cupboard. We don't eat a lot of jam or marmalade so I've never made it (though I did barter a big bag of runner beans for a jar of damson jam last summer). I do make chutneys/pickle though, and we are still eating the last of the runner bean chutney I made in 2015. I found it recently in the back of a little used cupboard having forgotten I stored it there!

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    1. It's not so little. Overall it's taller than me, the jams and preserves are in the top section and all the empty jars and jam pan etc are in the bottom ... with two drawers full of kitchen detritus in the middle ;-)

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  6. Trusting you used preserved tomatoes from store? 😉 On a serious note...let's just thank heavens this is not having to be done for real.

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    1. The tinned tomatoes were bought with points and the fresh would usually have come from our stores, but we ate all of our homegrown ones that weren't turned into sauces last year, so I gave myself a bit of grace and bought some.

      So many others that were doing rationing challenges on Facebook were eating platefuls of bought salad stuff I started craving tomatoes ;-)

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  7. It all looks so yummy. Another recipe to make. I have never seen oranges in a can to make marmalade in our grocery stores. Anyone else from the US that finds this new or is it just me?

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    1. We can get it in Canada at Walmart in the British imports section but it is $9.00 a can.

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  8. Well done with the marmalade, it looks yummy. Yes love your preserves cupboard. You are doing so well with this challenge.

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  9. Great work - we made marmalade as usual when the Seville oranges were in season in January so we've got a healthy amount in the cupboard now too.
    I love almond milk porridge - in fact I bought a carton of Almond milk today to make some for breakfast over the weekend!

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  10. Your preserves cupboard will see you well during this challenge. Your macaroni dish looks very filling.

    God bless.

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