Monday, 15 June 2015

Rationing Challenge - Day 8

The Ministry of Food was created during the Great War to help with the issues arising around food on the Homefront. During the 1930s, "Britain imported 70% of its food; this required 20 million tons of shipping a year. 50% of meat was imported, 70% of cheese and sugar, 80% of fruits, 70% of cereals and fats, 91% of butter. Of this, 1/6th of meat imports, 1/4 of butter imports and 1/2 of cheese imports came from New Zealand alone, a long ways away by shipping lanes." The great concern was that the enemy would cut off food supplies in order to starve the British into submission, and so the Ministry of Food was revived. Lord Woolton became the Minister of Food in 1940. The pie named after him was by a chef at the Savoy Hotel, and was recommended, along with a great deal of other useful recipes, to the British Public as a nutritious, meat free meal. It is full of vegetables, and could easily be adapted according to the seasons.

Porridge with honey
Tea; milk

Cheese scones; cucumber, carrot, radishes & cherry tomatoes; bacon turnovers; leftover sponge pudding


Lord Woolton Pie Rationing

Lord Woolton Pie, topped with mashed potato; gravy; spinach

Lord Woolton Pie Rationing

I'd read mixed reviews of the Woolton Pie, but we all enjoyed it, even the girls. Definitely something I'll make again.

Remaining Rations
Sugar - 2lb
Margarine - 1lb 14oz
Bacon/Ham - 12oz 
Cheese - 11oz 7.5oz
Lard - 6oz 5.7oz
Vegetable suet - 2oz
Tea - 4oz 3.5oz
Meat - 24oz
Butter - 8oz 7.7oz
Milk - 20pints 17.65pints
Sweets/Chocolate - 12oz 10.7oz
Marmalade - 1lb
Jam - 8oz
Eggs - 8

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