Sunday, 4 March 2018

Living on Rations - Week Three - Day 20



I was reading through this little book over breakfast, which was once again porridge.  We really are addicted to the stuff now and with the snow still lying thick on the ground it's nice to start the day with a warming bowl of oaty goodness.  Alan's was followed by a slice of toast with the newly made orange marmalade.


The Be-Ro brand has been going for a long time.


So it seemed only right to make a recipe from it later on, although it had to be one with a small amount of fat as we are running out this week.


So I chose to make some Rock Buns, using just half of the recipe as I only had 2oz of Trex left to use, and obviously I had no mixed peel so it was just 2oz of dried fruit.  They look very yellow in colour because I used the first of this years little Pekin Bantam eggs, they only lay for a couple of months each year, but they love their corn and greens so the yolks of their eggs are always bright orange.


Lunch was Ham, Cheese, Onion and Lettuce sandwiches for Alan and Chickpea Tuna and Lettuce for me.  I cooked all of our chickpeas after soaking them overnight and used a third to make up the 'tuna'.  We were both craving something light and fresh and this along with a large tomato cut up and shared between us fitted the bill very nicely.


Later our tea was delicious. 

It was just a simple lentil Dahl, with some of the cooked chickpeas added, served with plain boiled rice and for Alan some Spam Fritters.  He's been waiting for these since the start of rationing, and they didn't disappoint. 

While he was eating it, he said that he has been very happy with his reduced meat intake over this rationing challenge, but really does appreciate just a bit of something 'meaty' with some of his meals, in this case the Spam did the trick ... and he's still got the other half of the tin left  :-)

Sue xx

15 comments:

  1. Hello, I just wanted to say thank-you for this entertaining and intriguing challenge! I hope the snow passes soon and you are able to start getting your stuff into the poly tunnels. I am looking forward to seeing the year roll out.

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  2. I love that Be-Ro book. I had to have one for domestic science in the 1960s and have loved it ever since. I don't think I have the original one any more though.
    Your meals look wonderful!
    J x

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  3. Hi Sue I have the same Be-ro book, it gets used a lot, I have made the rock buns many a time, but I find as they don't stay fresh long you have to scoff them quickly ;-) x

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  4. I smiled yesterday as you were talking about rinsing tins out. I'd done the same minutes before I read your blog.
    My children think I'm crackers. I still break eggs into separate cups too, another hang over from growing up during after war
    rationing.
    I love the sound of Shepherdess Pie and also chickpea Tuna.
    Thanks for a really interesting challenge. Are you tempted to continue for another month?
    What are you missing most?
    Sue

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    1. We have one more week to go.

      The only thing I am missing is spur of the moment choosing. We do have to stick pretty much to the menu or just swap days about, there's no mooching in the freezer and thinking 'sod it I'll just a yet another sausage butty'.

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    2. I like your style. That sounds like me. It's beans on toast for us tonight.
      I suppose that’s the main difference these days.
      Fast food didn't really exist round the 40s and early 50s so a lot of time was spent trying to make palatable meals out of what was available.
      I can remember that there were no choices. I suspect some of today's children would have a hoorible shock!
      Sue
      Sue

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    3. Sue when you go back to your normal choices, you'll feel like you're on holiday!

      Beachcomber, I agree about the choices we had as children, it was either take it or go hungry. And I think most children today (at least in the US) are overfed, and never develop a chance to actually be hungry, so they are fussy about what they eat. Deb

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  5. The dahl and rice look like they would hit the spot.

    God bless.

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  6. I have been thinking of rock buns lately. Thanks for the recipe.

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  7. Melting moments from the Bero Book are to die for but they aren't ration friendly.

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    1. Yes, I looked at those ... but had to disregard them because of the amount of fat needed. Maybe in a week or so 😊

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  8. Bet you didn't think he'd say that?! x

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  9. Your rock buns look delicious. They bring back school memories for me, cooking class was scones and we were told to knead the dough (??? Maybe she meant pat into shape ? ) just then the headmistress popped in for a chat with the teacher, so we kept kneading, as she left she said " don't forget girls, always handle scones like little fairies ".....oh crap, they were so rock hard even the stray dogs at the train station wouldn't eat them.

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  10. I was thinking about you and all these posts when something interesting popped up for me in YouTube. It was a couple of BBC series from around 2007 that I'd never seen (although and other UK readers may have) - it was called "The Coal House" and "The Coal House at War" - the first took you through life in 1927 and the second is 1944 and took 3 modern families back in time for a month! What a revelation - I honestly don't know how folks - and especially women - coped! The 1927 series was especially tough as there was no running water, the places were tiny and everything was always so dirty. And of course the second series showed people coping with rationing and having to do war work. I found both to be fascinating and I think would appeal to your readers if they haven't seen them as yet.
    What was quite enlightening was how the children all fussed at first - about the food - the cold - missing their toys etc. but then how quickly they settled in and how much they loved playing outdoors, making their own fun and how they were always together. In one episode it was really funny as one of the little girls seemed to have ended up in the wrong house for Sunday dinner but neither family seemed put out one way or another!

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    1. I posted about watching the Coal House series early on in this blig. I've got the Dvds and the books are listed on my 'Books Read 2018' page.

      Both series are really good and all the families very likeable, although the Bevan Boys were a lazy bunch.

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