Sunday, 21 June 2015

Day 14 - Rationing Challenge

Today was Father's Day. We contemplated finishing the Ration Challenge a day early so that we could just concentrate on the Hubby and give him so tasty food, but then I thought about all those people who celebrated during the War and made the most of what little they had. Having not used much sugar over the past fortnight, I had plenty of that left, and we even had some butter left last week, so I found a wartime Chocolate Cake recipe. I used butter instead of margarine, because I could. And made a chocolate fudge topping with a bit of milk and some of our remaining chocolate rations, instead of the odd chocolate spread recipe I found that contained flour. I contemplated making mock cream, for the look of things, and decided against it, because it was just too weird. During the War people often saved up their rations for celebrations. Neighbours would club together to provide sugar and fats for wedding cakes; children would arrive at birthday parties with packets of sugar as gifts to replace the rations used on party food.

eggless chocolate cake wartime rationing 
Porridge & honey; tea; milk

A brilliant picnic, consisting of bacon sandwiches, cheese & chutney sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, fruit, pickled onions, chocolate cake, orange juice for the kids, and ginger beer for the grown ups. We didn't feel at all deprived. 
wartime picnic rationing ginger beer

Macaroni cheese with braised cabbage & bacon, broccoli and spinach.

 This was a hit! Both girls finished their plates - well, almost. M refuses to touch leaves! Today was a good day for food, and left us finishing our Ration Challenge on a high. Perhaps this rationing business is something we can carry on with. If the Hubby can stop urging me to let him have a Domino's!!

Remaining Rations
Sugar - 2lb 31.5oz 30.6oz 28.5oz
Margarine - 1lb 14oz 11oz 10oz
Bacon/Ham - 12oz 9.1oz 5.8oz FINISHED
Cheese - 11oz 7.5oz 6.5oz 5.5oz 4oz 3oz FINISHED
Lard - 6oz 5.7oz 5.3oz 4.3oz 4oz
Vegetable suet - 2oz 
Tea - 4oz 3.5oz 3.1oz 2.7oz 2.5oz 1.8oz 1.3oz
Meat - 24oz ALL COOKED
Butter - 8oz 7.7oz 7.4oz 7oz 6.5oz 1.3oz FINISHED
Milk - 20pints 17.65pints 15.6pints 13.6pints 11.75pints 9.5pints 7.9pints
Sweets/Chocolate - 12oz 10.7oz 10.1oz 8.6oz 7.45oz 3.95oz
Marmalade - 1lb 15oz 13.5oz
Jam - 8oz 6.5oz 3.5oz
Eggs - 8 6 4  FINISHED

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