Monday, 5 March 2018

Living on Rations - Week Three - Day 21 - Buying Leeks!!


We ventured out for the first time yesterday.  The snow on our drive was finally starting to soften up, making the slide down to the road much less tricky and the road itself completely clear of snow.  We still needed wellies but easily walked the dogs around Llanrwst, stopped briefly to post off a birthday card and then called into the Co-op for this weeks shopping.

I needed a break from bread making.

I know most people during the rationing period of the second world war and after bought their National Loaf rather than making it, so I am not confining myself just to homemade bread, so for this week we bought two sliced wholewheat loaves and two packs of buns.  One of each for the freezer and one of each for use immediately the homemade bread is used up.  Of course the sliced loaf in the freezer was opened up and had its slices loosened slightly just as I always do so that the slices freeze independently of each other, and then when we need some we can just take out a slice or two at a time and not have to worry about having to take out the whole loaf or chipping away at frozen bread.  Once it was completely frozen I resealed it up tightly again to exclude all air.

We splurged on a totally not in the rations packet of custard doughnuts to have with our coffee when we got home.  I love that these are totally dairy free   :-)


The bill in the Co-op came to £6.08 after knocking off the cost of Alan's newspaper which does not come out of this years food Challenge money.

Veggies £3.60

We also called into the little outdoor greengrocers near our Co-op to pick up some parsnips and I was tempted by the lovely big beetroots and then I decided to buy two leeks ... yes I still have about a third of a bed of leeks on the Veggie Patch but I can't get them out of the frozen soil so they will be saved until I can ... and these were lovely big fat leeks and if I leave mine in a little bit longer hopefully they will be that size too  ;-)

We gave Ethel the beetroot tops when we got home, she's grateful for anything green at the moment and most of my older Kale plants have been going to her and the chickens this week while the snow is lying so thickly on the ground, so the polytunnel is looking very depleted.


Left in The Purse  £281.53



We used the last of both our spreads for breakfast with some of the marmalade on our toast.  Thank goodness today is the day to weigh out next weeks rations.


After dropping the dogs back at home we drove into Llandudno and had our lunch at a British Restaurant ... or maybe it was the fish and chip shop!!


Then we had a mooch around the charity and second-hand shops and I managed to get some real bargains.  Four Dvds for £1.99 in one charity shop, including this Downton first series set, and then another Dvd for 99p, a lovely little green and white striped mug and two little cream coloured jugs all at rock bottom prices from two other shops.

 I was doing really well with my little bitty spending, then we went in HMV and I splurged £24.99 on the complete collection of All Creatures Great and Small ... I don't know what came over me ... well I think I do actually. 

In the back of my mind was the thought that we are going to visit The World of James Herriot visitor attraction when we have a few days mini-break in Yorkshire in a few weeks time and I thought it would be nice to watch some of the programmes again before we go.  It's years since I've seen them and they used to be a real highlight of the week ... and of course the time period is perfect for the way we are eating at the moment.

It's going to take us a long time to work our way through 89 hours of programmes though  ;-)



Much later back at home, our tea served in our large bowls was eaten whilst sat in front of the television and was an eclectic mix of leftovers from meals during the week.  I needed to clear the shelf of plastic containers and bowls and make some room for next weeks rations.

It was very tasty and very filling  :-)


Now to choose, weigh out and measure the rations for the final week of our Living on Rations Challenge.

Sue xx

14 comments:

  1. I can understand how you need a break from the bread making, and never feel guilty about splashing out on a few treats, we all need them and living frugally like you and I do allows us to have them, I am always picking up dvds from the charity shops.

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    1. I never feel guilty, a splurge, especially a small one, keeps me sane 😊

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  2. Would you recommend your last nights meal?...asks she who ate small amount of soup, half a hot cross bun and a few scraps for her tea yesterday! x

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    1. Only if you're really hungry, have been working and walking out in minus temperatures and have a seriously empty tummy. We didn't manage to finish it all but the wildbirds got some of the rice the next day. And it was a good way to clear the fridge ready for a new week of rationing.

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  3. I am sure people had treats and splurges (as they could manage with what they had) during the war too. It's human nature and very cheering. And unless bread making really is your comfort thing, I can understand that it gets a bit much from time to time. As for the DVDs - fantastic finds!
    J x

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  4. Splurges are essential to the soul x

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  5. I think more people bought bread than made it - especially as so many women were working so you are allowed!

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    1. They did, seemingly the National Wholewheat flour was really hard to work with and the yeast never quite fresh enough to be effective enough, so most people bought their National Loaf.

      Although as they were sold when they were at least a day old to make them easier to slice thinly I think I might have persevered with the flour to get a nice fresh loaf.

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  6. The whole series of All Creatures Great and Small was real buy! We have just started re-watching them although we borrow from the library as buying the complete series would be $116.00 not a terrible price when you consider each series is about $30.00.


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  7. I remember years ago going on vacation and listening to All Creatures Great and Small books on tape in the car! Do you ever eat your beet greens? They are quite popular over here. DH and I don't like beets but I see lots of people buying them. My mom cooked the beet greens just like kale or cabbage.

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    1. Yes we do usually eat the beet greens, especially when freshly harvested off homegrown plants. But these were old and wilted and Ethel's need was much greater than ours 😊

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  8. Harvey loves boiled beet greens. We cook them like spinach.

    A small spurge does keep a person sane doesn't it?

    God bless.

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    1. I usually treat them lije spinach too, or pick them off very young and eat raw as a salad leaf.

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  9. The James Herriot centre is brilliant. And it is well worth watching some of the early programmes before you go. I loved it. Especially picking up the phone and saying "Darrowby 385" . Enjoy.x

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