Spent all day and stayed up way too late last night playing video games. Not so much in the way of cooking in the past few days. Had guacamole and tortilla chips for dinner last night. Not exactly healthy…
Today I grabbed a chocolate fiber one bar because I was out of soy milk and brought a leftover eggplant parmesan that I had packed away in the freezer.
Dinner was thrown together in two minutes this a.m. 1 lb. pinto beans, handful dehydrated onions, salt, and vegetable bouillon in the crockpot.
I went grocery shopping after the gym tonight and picked up some stuff for individual pizzas. Should be tasty.
This challenge has not been terribly difficult but not happy making at all. I figured it would be easy. Fresh veggies galore. Well, sure… but not alot of variety. The food is boring. Even with spices, its still just bread and potatoes. Tomorrow, I will be back to my normal way of eating and I’ll cringe when I get to the Woolton Pie leftovers in my lunch. Maybe I can add some steamed broccoli and more cheese. I don’t think that it will make it any worse.
I’ll be having cabbage, leeks, and potatoes for lunch today and no idea what I’ll be having for dinner tonight.
I’ve decided to use the second ‘rock’ of bread as a bread bowl and make an artichoke and spinach dip. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Tonight was beans and rice. One of my favorites of the week. As tasty as it was, not what I’d call photogenic.
My homemade bread, which resembles round rocks from the outside, is holding up pretty well. I won’t be using that recipe again.
It was in the low 20s (Fahrenheit) this morning so while my car warmed up, I had what is becoming my usual breakfast. Toast with margarine and tea. I’m a Southern Girl, I do so love my tea.
Its been difficult to limit myself to just three tea bags a day. Each bag makes one glass of iced tea. I only have 5 left until Saturday morning when my new week of rations would start. Good thing that I’ve been saving them in the refrigerator for a ‘rainy day’. I might never make it otherwise.
Where I’m from you start drinking iced tea around the same time you can walk.
Lunch will be leftovers from last night. I sauteed them in a skillet with about a teaspoon of Crisco (my lard) and then, I poured in 1/2 c. water, covered with a lid and reduced heat to a simmer. 20 minutes later, I had a meal. Well, probably not a terribly nutritious meal, but it wasn’t bad. It also tasted really good.
Tonight, I have to make something a little more exciting.
I might make twice baked potatoes but I should really do something with that head of cabbage I have at home.
Today was my “I’m going to sit on my butt and play video games all day” day.
The menu for today was:
For breakfast, Hoe Cakes.
2 c. corn meal 2 c. boiling water 2 T. honey 1 T. salt 1 c. reconstituted dry milk
Grease griddle with just enough crisco/lard/whatever to cover.
Mix all ingredients; drop spoonfuls onto hot griddle. When slightly brown on edges, flip.
This is a basic recipe. Even with honey, it’s not really sweet. You can mix in all sorts of things depending on your tastes. My dad likes his with diced ham, corn and jalapeños.
Since this was breakfast, I just spread some peach preserves on mine.
Lunch was just homemade bread, margarine and a cup of tea.
For dinner, I ‘recruited’ my children to help me finish off the last of the Woolton Pie. They both thought it was ‘okay’ but, I doubt either one of the boys will be begging me to make it again. This won’t be last I’ve seen of this though since I packed up a couple of servings to freeze for work lunches. I’m all a’twitter of the idea.
Next time I make this, I’m adding something green and omitting the turnips. They give it this weird flavor that really puts me off.
Sometime this week, I’ll cook the other turnip with the greens which I’ll probably not like either. However, wasting food is definitely not in the plan.
The WW2 bread recipe I used was odd. Didn’t call for nearly enough liquid (very little water, no eggs, no milk) so I had to improvise. Bread making is definitely not my strong suit but I’m bound to get better with practice, right?
Meanwhile, I wrapped two hot rocks that smelled like bread in newspaper until the morning. I’ll let you know how they turned out.
After a lunch of spinach and eggplant lasagna (with three kinds of cheese) I walked to the shop two doors down and bought myself an espresso chocolate brownie. I don’t normally eat too many sweets but I knew that it might be my last chance for a while, except for honey cakes and carrot fudge.
I’m anxious to begin the experiment. After work today I will be heading to the local grocery store with ration book in hand and then off to my neighbors where I will buy fresh eggs for the week from the chickens she keeps.
I’ve always been interested in this time period. The fashions, the movies, everything.
So for one week (starting December 11, 2010), I am going to dine only on the rations of World War II.
The Rations as of April 1945 were for one person, per week, as follows:
Bacon and Ham 4 oz Sugar 8 oz Loose Tea 2 oz Meat 1 lb. 3 oz. Cheese 2 oz
Vegetarians were allowed an extra 3 oz (85 g) cheese but I don’t think I’ll eat that much.
Butter 2 oz Margarine 4 oz Lard 2 oz(I think I’ll use Crisco) Sweets 2 oz
Preserves 2 lb (0.91 kg) marmalade or 1 lb (0.45 kg) sugar/month
Each person got one egg a week or 1 packet (makes 12 “eggs”) of egg powder per month (vegetarians were allowed two eggs) plus, 24 “points” for four weeks for tinned and dried food. Other foods such as canned meat, fish, rice, canned fruit, condensed milk, breakfast cereals, biscuits and canned vegetables were available in limited quantities on a “points” system. An adult’s monthly allowance might provide a tin of salmon or fruit, and half a pound of dried fruit.
Arrangements were made for vegetarians so that their rations of meat were substituted by other goods.
Each consumer got one tin of milk powder (equal to 8 imperial pints (4.5 l; 9.6 US pt)) every 8 weeks, per person.
Bread, flour, fish (if available), offal, game (including rabbit, venison, etc), sauces and pickles were not rationed, but were not always available.
Fresh vegetables and fruit were not rationed but were limited to what was in stock so, I’ll try to not get anything out of season. Also, I’m going to use flour and corn meal sparingly as I’ve heard they weren’t plentiful during the time either.
People did eat out as restaurants were not rationed and workers often ate at the unrationed canteens.
I might eat fish during this experiment as well but only when I eat out.
I’ll be as accurate and faithful to this as is possible in this modern world; posting recipes, pictures and general health updates.
I wonder if they still sell powdered eggs in stores?