I'm just out with the girls, plotting and planning.
Just recently I've been wondering if a challenge of going back to wartime eating for a year would make me healthier, get me back to seeing food in a different light. There's been far too much of 'ooh look a vegan sausage roll, a curry recipe with a million and one ingredients ... I must have a go at that' for my liking over the past year.
I crave simplicity, I crave simple home cooked foods, walking to the shops, paying with cash and limiting myself in some ways. Choice is not always a good thing, we become overwhelmed, swamped with new this and new that and no matter how much we try to ignore it, advertisers get into our heads and under our skins.
I'll be along soon when I have made some plans, even simplicity can take some planning, taking such a huge step for such a long time takes even more.
In the meantime I'll just leave you with this photo of me and the girls out for a night on the town, we have a laugh ... really we do 😉
I'm looking forward to this, Sue! What a good way to start the new year--with a new challenge. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!ReplyDelete
Hopefully it will be a year of simple living and simple eating, a calm antidote to the stresses and worries of the last year. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too. xxDelete
Oh lord, Sue, the middle one looks like my mother in law! (sadly departed now but she was a corker) I signed up as soon as I saw this new blog and can't wai. Going simple really appeals right now.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a 'simply' wonderful 2021 xx
I just had to use this photo as the middle one reminds me of my Mum's mum who we always called 'Gan Gan'. She was a lovely lady always with her packet of cigarettes and a few boiled sweets in her pinny pocket. When I was small she would walk to our house every Saturday afternoon to watch the wrestling on the television, she didn't have one of her own 'in case it exploded' and made do with just a radio, her magazines and crocheting and the budgie for company.Delete
A very Happy Christmas to you too, and thank you for all your comments and support over this past year.
Hi Sue I would love to join you. I am just at the point where I am ready for it like you.I have no idea how though so hope you don't mind me taking a lead from you. SuReplyDelete
Oh please feel free to join in. It's going to be a little bit of a mish mash, but following rationing rules as closely as I am able with a modern twist. I will be publishing a couple more posts before the year kicks off with more information about my thoughts and plans.Delete
Happy Christmas and New Year to you! Looking forward to this.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. A very Happy Christmas and a safe New Year to you too. I'm itching to get started too. All the leftovers from Christmas will be added to the larder for raiding ... within the rules ... during the first few months of the Challenge.Delete
Haha what a happy bunch:) Looking forward to this, I need a kick start for 2021!! Thoughts on the Ration Book Diet, worth buying a copy? You are keeping it so probably yes:) xxReplyDelete
Oh me and my mates know how to have a good time ;-)Delete
I'm two thirds of the way through and yes, I do think it's worth buying. Some good facts and figures, lots of glorious illustrations and now I'm onto the recipe section which sort of converts wartime recipes to modern ways of making things. For example Nettle Soup to Spinach Soup, wartime fishcakes to ones made now etc. I got mine from the used section on Amazon, there are some good bargains to be had there.
I hope that you and your merry friends have a wonderful holiday!Delete
Thanks Debby, we'll do our best ;-)Delete
This is going to be exceptionally interesting Sue. I have often heard that "the wartime diet" produced one of the strongest and healthiest generations although I do not know whether that is strictly true or not.ReplyDelete
But either way, the lack of sugar can't be a bad thing.
It's been proven to be the case. I think sugar is one thing I won't be short of, 8oz per person per week is more than I usually use. I guess most of it will have to be used in baking 😃Delete
We didn’t use all the sugar ration, it was just too much.ReplyDelete
We swapped our sugar ration for tea....quite a lot of swapping went on. Does anyone else remember the excitement when apples appeared in shops and the queues for rabbit off-ration? When redcurrants occasionally appeared in the fruit shops, we were allowed a quarter of a pound per customer and we counted them out and they were shared between the three of us children.Delete
Swapping sounds like a brilliant idea, if only I had someone I could swap with ... haha :-)Delete
Those of us that live in the country or small towns have the added advantage of locally grown apples, more foraging and the ability to provide our own wild rabbits. Although from what I've been reading a heck of a lot of townies suddenly started keeping rabbits for meat.
This explains the conversations that wove round my head when Granny and the aunts got together in the afternoons.ReplyDelete