Rations Day 5

Menu: (with Bryn’s scores) Breakfast: war time toast with jam (4.5/5 “I liked that”.) Lunch: Packed lunch – Sandwiches wrapped in paper and string, cucumber, strawberries, dried fruit and a pear. (3/5) Dinner: Veggie stew with dumplings (2/5 “It went a bit gloopy!”) Freshly baked War Time Loaf (5/5) Pudding: Rhubarb crumble and birds custard (Yummy!) Bryn has saved his last red sweet until the end of the week. He has also got an orange! Oranges were in extremely short supply during WW2 and were only available for children. I like the fact that an orange was a real treat and that food was valued so much more by everyone. My thoughts: I’m very surprised at how sad I am to be ending this week o

Rations Day 4

Today's Menu: (With Bryn's scores) Breakfast: War Toast and Jam (3/5) Lunch: Chocolate cake at the tea room! (5/5) Mummy had jacket potato and there were toasted tea cakes and real tea and everything! Dinner: Veggie cottage pie, runner beans and peas and War Time Bread (4.5/5) My Thoughts: Today has been a busy one, we've been out of the house most of the day, but food has still been at the forefront of my mind. Making plans for dinner and working out timings for when I need to be home to start cooking. The reason we've been out today was to visit the new 1940's cafe in Ramsgate with my mum (Nanna)! The cafe is called The Home Front Tea Rooms and boy what a place it is. Perfect for our pro

Rations Day 3

Today we have had a busy day with a trip to RAF Manston and the Spitfire and Hurricane museum. We've had lots of fun and I even had time to bake another loaf of bread! Today's menu: (with Bryn's scores!) Breakfast: cornflakes (3/5) Lunch: baked beans on wartime toast (2/5) Dinner: Fish and Chips!! (5/5) Fish and chips were not rationed during the war to keep up the morale of the public. It certainly pleased us! Yesterday I also learned that my own great grandparents actually ran a fish and chip shop during part of WW2 in Rickmansworth. I never knew that! Here they are! My thoughts: We woke up today to a strange power cut. We had a tiny bit of power, enough to make the light bulbs glow a weir

Rations Day 2

Rationing fact: Before WW2 Britain imported around 55 million tons of food per year from other countries. Today’s Menu: (With Bryn’s scores) Breakfast: Pancakes and Strawberries (5/5) “The pancakes were the nicest thing I’ve eaten today.” Making pancakes would have used up our joint egg rations for the week, but for the purpose of this experiment we have our own chickens just as the people who lived here during WW2 would have done. Lunch: Ham (Bryn had veggie sausages left from yesterday), boiled potatoes, salad and bread. (3.5/5) Afternoon tea: Fruit Scones made by my 4 year old. Yummy! Dinner: Woolton pie, roast potatoes, garden peas (4.5/5) My thoughts: Another day in the kitchen interrup

Rations Day 1

This week my eldest son, Bryn, and I are finishing our dig for victory project by spending the last week of term living off war time rations. I believe that the best way to learn and to really understand what life was like for families during world war two is to spend a little time living in their shoes. These post will be rough, unedited thoughts on events as they happen every day. Next week I hope to write a more thoughtful blog post about our experience. Facts about rationing: Rationing in the UK began on January 8th 1940. It was introduced earlier during the war than necessary, as in WW1 it had almost been too late and people were starving. Rationing ended at midnight on 4th July 1954. T

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