Friday, September 30, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
First, I got together my basic weekly rations, I am following the vegetarian rations with some tweaks as I am vegan. See the FAQs for more information.
4oz Violife Mature Cheddar Cheese
6oz Dairy Free Spread in lieu of 2oz Butter and 4oz Marg
2oz Oil in lieu of lard
1 litre of Milk
2oz Coffee in lieu of tea
2 Meat Free Sausages in lieu of one egg
4 slices of Vegan Ham in lieu of the other egg given to vegetarians
The weekly rations are supplemented with fresh foods that were not on ration, and mostly available in the shops or grown at home throughout the war years. For my fresh supplies I am making sure that I try my best to buy only in-season British grown foods as would have been available during the war years.
Finally ...I really want to re-iterate here loud and clear that I am in no way making fun of or belittling the hardships that people went through during the Second World War. I am of a generation that has heard first hand experiences from both my parents and my grandmothers of what they went through during this time. I have nothing but pure admiration for each and every person that came through this dreadful period of our country's history in whatever way it happened for them.
This Challenge is dedicated to them and all that they have taught us.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
In the meantime, alongside eating my way through modern foods from the store cupboard and donating the modern processed foods that I no longer want to eat via the Olio App I am doing lots of research.
Some might call it reading books and watching Dvd's but I am calling it research. 😁
Monday, September 12, 2022
I first thought that I would simply change the meat rations, which in the war years were valued by shillings and pence rather than pounds and ounces, to the modern equivalent in meat-free alternatives. In 1942, the year I am using for my rationing period this was 1s 2d, which in today's money is equivalent to £3.13. This would have been fine and enough to buy me a pack of meatless mince or perhaps a meat-free burger or steak each week, but in recent months I have been moving away from this sort of eating.
I had a re-think and decided that I would instead use the 1942 wartime rations for a vegetarian, keeping it simple and taking the cheese ration as dairy-free cheese, vegetarians got an extra 3oz in place of their meat ration so I will be able to have a total of 4oz per week. But taking the egg ration, vegetarians also got one extra egg ... so two each week as the meat-free meat replacements which I do still eat, sausages and occasionally ham for a 'bacon butty'.
It's all been a bit confusing hence my slow start to this. What I want to do next is to check what fruits and vegetables are in season where I live during September and October, and these will be the only ones that I will be buying for myself during my rationing period. I will be taking a list of what should be available out with me when I do go shopping and only buying what is in the shops marked 'Grown in the UK'. Of course, I can also use what I have growing in my tiny garden as a guide, and these will be available to me too. At the moment I have courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves, baby leeks and soon there should be more potatoes.
I need to go and register my Ration Card. 🙂
Vegetables were never rationed ... well apart from onions as supplies of these quickly dried up as they were at the beginning of the war mostly imported ... and although fruits were pretty scarce, if you grew your own or they were in season they did become available. I have a few apples on my own tree and there should be plenty of apples in the shops at the moment as this year has been a bumper fruit year in the UK, but I am going to miss my bananas!! I need to see if there are any blackberries left in the few places that I know of in this area ... oh how I am missing my old hillside at the moment and the copious brambles growing the length of the paddock that I used to pick to turn into Bramble Jelly.
Anyway, I thought I would just quickly come on and do a post to let you know that I am still planning this and once I have finished the holiday washing and have gotten back to normal, I will be starting my minimum of a Month of Modern Rationing.