Surviving on WW2 rations
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