Taking food for granted

It’s freezing outside and sat at home in our warm home tonight, it’s makes me appreciate what we have and reminds me of the reason we are living on rations .We have so much in our modern busy lives that we take the simple things the most important things for granted .

Tonight on the streets not far from my home their will be people without food and shelter , their will be queues at the local food bank , children going to bed hungry and cold .

We longer do we live in close community’s that look out for each other, offer help and support to those less able have become blind to others problems and keep our heads down and live our own lives .

We all need to open our eyes and be thankful for what we have and give a thought or even offer a hand to those that have nothing .
Living on rations and is a constant reminder that we should never take our food and freedom for granted .

The price of butter

When I was growing up, the conversations my mother had with my grandmother often included the price of butter!Until recently I had no idea how much a pint of milk cost, Let alone how much half a pound of butter .

This week I found myself shopping around for butter, buying so few basic items I have started to be more aware of the costs of each item.

So yes I know the cost of half a pound of butter

Sugar and butter

We have almost done or first month eating food only available in 1939. What has surprised me is the amount of sugar and fat we get though , it’s jam making season and I have made a few cakes but every shop I seem to come back with sugar and butter which of course in a few months are going to be rationed .I am spending a lot of time cooking and preparing food, theirs no easy meal as everything is prepared from basic ingredients .
This week we have done very well and have been given lots of apple and Pears onions and beetroot we even got given a trout .We have spent very little on food this week I would guess under £20.00 . We have eaten a lot of blackberries and apples and had a lot of vegetarian food this week .With the black berry season coming to a end we will have to look at other ways to increase our fruit intake .

 Custard powder 

Shopping in 2016 is all about choice , trying to shop in the modern supermarket but only buying products that where available in 1939 is so much harder than I thought. We have no rationing at the moment but I am starting to feel the need to over shop for when things get tough, September is a good time to harvest from the hedge rows and collect and store apples and pears which are in plenty supply.

Today’s shop was basic and consisted of a onion , bananas wanted to buy a tin of custard but tinned custard did not come until 1968 !!!

So it’s time to get out the birds custard powder.

Birds custard powder was produced thought the war but as the   War progressed, Bird’s began to feel the pinch when raw materials were strictly controlled. Many of the firm’s sugar-based products were withdrawn, and production restricted mainly to custard and baking powder. Even these couldn’t be produced in sufficient quantities.

With milk and egg rations I think custard is going to be a luxury in the coming years, bananas and onions would be a unheard of.


 Michaelmas day

We have almost completed our first month living on food that was only available in 1939.

We have had a amazing blackberry harvest but since Michaelmas day (September 29th) we can no longer pick blackberries because the Devil would have peed on them and the consequences would be dire. This tradition can be found all over the uk but the timing varies as does what the Devil did to the berries which ranged from cursing, spitting and peeing on them. It is thought that this idea stems from the story of how when the Devil was cast out of Heaven he fell to earth and landed in a blackberry bush. As he was trying to extricate himself from the clutches of the tangle of thorns he cursed the bush. Every year since that event he spoils the berry crop on the anniversary of his landing by spitting etc on them. I know it’s only folk law but something we uphold in our household.

We have made a lot of chutney and Jam and bottled pears. We still have hazel nuts to gather and quince so our garden has proved very fruitful.


It’s butter in our sandwiches

Cycling and walking to the shops is time consuming slow and not very productive. On the positive side I am fitter , buy less and go out every day and meet people within my community .
It’s amazing how much we over consume , we have eaten our way though a lot of the post 1939 foods and are starting to see the reality of eating in 1939.
Simple meals but a lot of preparation and planning is needed . This week we used up the last of our low fat spread so it’s butter in our sandwiches, but we have the problem of spreading it.
Getting just enough out the fridge so we use it, but not to much that it goes of.
Today’s task is to look out for a butter dish.