war time recipes

Bacon potato pancakes .


  • 1 or 2 bacon rashers
  • cooked potatoes
  • Splash of milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour

This was a quick and easy meal. I cooked enough potatoes for 2 and used just one rasher of bacon. But you can of course up the amounts. I tend to cook a lot by eye as they would have back in the 40’s .

  • Fry the rashers of bacon until very crisp and then chop into small pieces.
  • Mash the cooked potatoes with the bacon, and seasoning .add a splash of milk .
  • Form into small cakes. Lightly coat the cakes in the flour and then fry them in a little bacon fat remaining in the pan.
  • We had ours with a fried tomato and mushrooms all cooked in the bacon fat.


Homity Pie

4 largeish potatoes
2 largeish leeks
1  apple, cored and chopped into small cubes
2 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
1 egg
4 oz cheese ( I used less and it worked well )
Mixed herbs
salt and pepper (to your own taste)
Shortcrust pastry made with 6 oz flour and 3 oz fat

Shortcrust pastry 6 oz plain flour and 3 oz fat  Rub fat into flour to make breadcrumbs and then bind together with a little water to make a pliable dough.
Roll the dough out into a greased pie dish,  place it into oven on 200 c for about 10 minutes or so to half cook.

potatoes and chop into chunky cubes, place in boiling water and simmer until tender
Chop up leeks and garlic and saute in a pan gently with butter  until cooked. Add  mixed herbs and the chopped apple .
Drain potatoes then add to pan of leeks,  add 1 whisked egg,  half your cheese grated cheese mix and season.
Add mixture to the part cooked  pastry, then top with The rest of your cheese
Cook in oven at 220C until the top is browned
We served ours with a rich gravy .



Christmas Cake 

4oz carrot Grated, 2 table spoons of golden syrup, 3oz sugar, 4 oz marg, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 teaspoon of almond essence, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 4oz dried fruit, 12 oz self raising flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 small tea cup of warm milk.

heat the carrot and syrup in a saucepan for a few mins, cream sugar and marg, stir in bicarbonate of soda into the carrot mix.

Add carrot mix to creamed sugar mix, stir in fruit and flavourings , flour and spices .

add milk mix to make a dough . cook for 3 hours on allow heat.

Christmas cake icing

4 dessert spoons of sugar, 6 table spoons of dried milk. 2 table spoons of water, almond essence.

mix the sugar and milk add water and flavouring to make a paste and ice cake.

We made a paper cake band decorated with holly.

recipe taken from  The wartime kitchen and garden by Jennifer Davis


Woolton Pie

The recipe for Woolton Pie was the creation of the chef of the Savoy hotel and named after Lord Woolton, head of the Ministry Of Food. Its a great meal and tastes  fantastic .

1 lb mixed  vegetables carrots , Swede, parsnips, potatoes etc . 1 oz of porridge oats, 3/4 pint of vegetable stock, mash potato for the topping , and a tiny bit of cheese for the top.

walton pie, living on rations

walton pie, living on rations

boil the mix veg (  save the water fro the stock)  remove the veg when cooked, add the porridge oats to the stock, cook until you get a thin vegetable porridge. poor over veg, mix and season well. top with mash potato and a little grated cheese. bake for about 40 mins

finished pie

Mock Duck

1lb of sausage meat, 8 oz apples grated, 8oz onions grated salt pepper and died sage.

you need to spread some of the sauagemeat in a shallow dish , place the apple onion and sage  on top in a sort of duck shape.  add the rest of the sauagemeat agin to make a duck shape . and cook for about 45mins gas mark 7.

serve as a roast with potatoes , gravy and vegetables.

its very sweet and tastes good. i do drain the fat from the saugemeat as its cooking at add it to the roast potatoes to give extra flavour




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