Sur­viv­ing on WW2 ra­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ROB STOCK

We’ve been liv­ing on wartime ra­tions for the last two weeks in our house­hold.

It’s a fam­ily liv­ing his­tory project, but it’s given me new in­sights into the cost of con­ve­nience and feed­ing a fam­ily.

Like many house­holds, World War II shaped our fam­ily’s older gen­er­a­tions.

My par­ents lived with ra­tioning in Bri­tain. My dad was evac­u­ated from London. My grand­par­ents were sol­diers, or guarded the home front walk­ing their air raid pa­trols.

So it’s been two weeks of egg­less gin­ger cake, cot­tage pie, ap­ple crum­ble, root-veg­etable soup, por­ridge, pota­toes with ev­ery­thing, and lunches of ‘‘Na­tional Loaf’’ rolls made to the wartime recipe dubbed ’’Hitler’s Se­cret Weapon’’ by the long­suf­fer­ing British pub­lic.

My two girls (aged 10 and seven) were re­luc­tant war-babes un­til in­formed they’d get a sweet ra­tion, which is a big deal in a house­hold which al­ways skips the

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