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 ;-)