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Eating for Victory: Original Second World War Ration Recipes (U.K.)
The Telegraph ^ | 05/18/2013

Posted on 05/18/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When rationing was introduced in January 1940, the Ministry of Food distributed various leaflets to the public. They fell into different categories: some explained new ingredients such as dried eggs, while others offered helpful guides to making the most of the rations.

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TOPICS: Food; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: worldwarii
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1 posted on 05/18/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Some recipes for the next White House celebrity dinner.

The sequestration, dontchaknow?

2 posted on 05/18/2013 6:20:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

In one of his books I saw a copy of Winston Churchill’s order countermanding some official’s order for all chickens to be turned over to the government to be consumed.

Churchill pointed out that country folks depended on the chickens for eggs and meat. He said it would be too much to just take their chickens away from them depriving them of much of their sustenance.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 6:27:32 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


4 posted on 05/18/2013 6:29:22 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: nickcarraway; Kartographer

By 2016 we’ll probably be lucky to have as much food as the typical wartime British family. More like a Polish or Dutch family.


5 posted on 05/18/2013 6:35:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Kartographer

There was a British TV series called The Supersizers Go . . . and you can watch all the episodes (broken down into six parts each) on YouTube. For one week this food critic and his comedienne friend live the culinary life of a time in British history. I find the show fascinating, as they also dress the part and include a lot if historical info. Anyway, The Supersizers Go Wartime displays how the average family coped with rationing. I highly recommend the series. It is informative and very entertaining.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 6:38:31 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'll bet I eat, regardless.

/johnny

7 posted on 05/18/2013 6:40:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

WW II rationing in the UK didn’t end until 1953.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 6:41:48 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I'm aware. I've done white papers on food history, ranging from the Civil War to the Cold War.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/18/2013 6:43:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Do you live in the country?


10 posted on 05/18/2013 6:43:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hell yeah .... It’s FEMA Camp Taco Night !

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QrrfZbGJQuU


11 posted on 05/18/2013 6:46:28 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: JRandomFreeper
If had it to do over again, I'd sign up for a culinary school instead of Journalism. Cooking is one of the most pleasant things I do in retirement.
12 posted on 05/18/2013 6:48:13 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I ran across some of my Father’s WWII papers a few years ago.

When they landed in Liverpool from the SS Mauritania, they were given instructions on proper etiquette while in Britain.

One thing was to not show off your money but it was OK to sell your rations,especially cigarettes, chewing gum or candy bars, if you wanted.

Also not to complain about their coffee. The English thought we could not make a good cup of tea.


13 posted on 05/18/2013 6:51:41 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Semi-suburban. I have black-market skills, a garden, and a proven willingness to eat tree rat using fine dining recipes.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/18/2013 6:51:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Besides, the cooks get more news than journalists. ;)

/johnny

15 posted on 05/18/2013 6:52:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yarddog

I also remember Khrushchev saying that he would have starved to death in WWII if not for SPAM.


16 posted on 05/18/2013 6:53:30 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

White papers, eh? Then tell me about the use of black bear here, as a test.


17 posted on 05/18/2013 6:57:59 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: yarddog
My uncle (youngest of three brothers) flew out of England with the 8th Air Force in WW II. (and earned a Sliver Star.)

He said either the weather or the food made him break out in boils.

18 posted on 05/18/2013 6:59:51 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: txhurl
I would treat black bear as an endangered species in Texas. I've never seen one in the wild. I've eaten mountain lion shot in San Saba, same with bobcat.

Based on experience in California, I would treat black bear somewhere between pig and possum or armadillo.

Lots of gravy and biscuits.

/johnny

19 posted on 05/18/2013 7:01:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

They are endangered, and the reason is Texans used their fat for frying for so many years. Grab one right before hibernation and that’s grease for the johnnycakes for a year.

Our ancestors didn’t take advantage of the Beeve for butter, for some weird reason. Maybe it was just too hot and the butterfat too thin in the milk?


20 posted on 05/18/2013 7:10:26 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: JRandomFreeper

I keep hearing over and over how tasty croc or alligators are.

One thing is fer sure, the Cajun Country will never starve.


21 posted on 05/18/2013 7:12:00 PM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: Spartan302
I'm good with American alligator. I've done that professionally a couple of times. I treat it like catfish. Bread in cornmeal and cayanne and deep fry in small chunks. Serve with fries and catsup.

/johnny

22 posted on 05/18/2013 7:17:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

That sounds great! I’ve had gator, but it was stewed with tomatoes, onions, celery and spices. Yum!


23 posted on 05/18/2013 7:36:29 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Fast Moving Angel
That's more Mediterranean. My people are good with fried. ;)

/johnny

24 posted on 05/18/2013 7:40:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Fast Moving Angel

That would be Gator Gumbo. Made with things you grow or catch.


25 posted on 05/18/2013 7:43:09 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I caught and ate an armadillo in San Saba once. No, I don’t want to hear about all the germs and leprosy.


26 posted on 05/18/2013 7:43:26 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Hey, maybe you know what lettuce type veggie smells and tastes like skunk. Ick, ick. I was out in the garden this morning picking some of the Ferry-Morse Mesclun mix and smelled a skunk. I picked some more and the smell stayed with me. I took the bucket into the house and still smelled it. As I was rinsing the leaves, one smelled awful! It was a spikey leaf sort of like a thistle. It was a young leaf, about two inches in diameter. I’ve looked on the internet for a picture of something similar but no luck. I went through the names on the seed package (arugula, endive red kale, red and green romaine, salad bowl and lolla rossa lettuce) but still no luck. I tasted it and it tasted like it smelled - like skunk. No, the leaf is nothing like a skunk cabbage. I’m not a botanist so the best I can do in describing the leaf is picture the palm of a hand and fingers with the fingers having spikes on them like thistles do but not the fuzzy stuff. I was thinking maybe an endive but I’ve never known them to smell like skunk.

Sure, I have tons of weeds but I haven’t seen or smelled this thing before so chances are it came in the mesclun seed packet. I may have to throw out those packets and cross Ferry-Morse off my list because it’s really nasty.

Anyone know what it might be?


27 posted on 05/18/2013 7:47:57 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill
Look up Navarretia squarrosa and see if it matches the pictures. That's about all I can offer.

I NEVER use Fairy-Sores for seeds. They are trash and they don't make their crap right when you complain.

At least Burpee will replace on a phone call.

/johnny

28 posted on 05/18/2013 7:52:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bgill
I'm good with eating armadillo. Yes, they do get Hansen's disease, but it's overstated.

Problem I have with armadillo is the grease. Lots and lots of grease that goes rancid quickly.

/johnny

29 posted on 05/18/2013 7:54:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bgill

“Anyone know what it might be?”

could it be marijuana? i did an internet search and found:

“One particular strain of marijuana does have a smell that is very similar to the smell that the skunk emits when it feels threatened and sprays. I have only once for a short time seen this particular strain and that was in 1990-91 in California. Back then we just called it KGB or Killer Green Bud.”

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_does_marijuana_smell_like_skunk


30 posted on 05/18/2013 8:05:19 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: JRandomFreeper

Nope. That’s not it. Mine is more of a rounder leaf with spikes rather than long with spikes.

I had asked lil miss to bring me in two of the cheap mesclun Walmart sells for like a quarter or fifty cents and was VERY specific about it. Being an oh so very smart teen, she didn’t listen and brought in this stuff that’s $1.50 and 7 packets of it. We’re not liking the varieties in the mix at all. It’s bitter. I hate to throw things out but I’m still tasting skunk.


31 posted on 05/18/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill
Only other thing I can think of is the ditchweed that's bred to smell/taste like skunk. But that's a cannibis.

/johnny

32 posted on 05/18/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yarddog

I have 1st & 2nd cousins in England, and know first or second hand some of the stories...also had relatives who were US military in England during this time.

I know of the English, under rationing, and very limited food wise, entertaining our folks (military) and serving the only egg in the house to the guest. Etc...

Other, not related to food, but a cousin and her husband were in their back garden (yard) when a German fighter came through the clouds, saw them, but did not fire his machine guns.

The British were in the war somewhat longer than our troops were, and they were in the forefront. Thank you for this post.

Rationing in England was absolutely necessary, in my opinion...rationing here as imposed by FDR, was not necessary, but was used to make us ‘feel the war’.


33 posted on 05/18/2013 8:26:53 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: IWONDR; JRandomFreeper
One particular strain of marijuana does have a smell that is very similar to the smell that the skunk

YIKES! No, I don't think so. Not that I'm familiar with mj (no, really, I'm not) but mj doesn't have a "palm" part which then goes out as "fingers" or at least I don't see any pics that show that. From the internet pics of mj, it's just the "fingers" part. Is that right? It's a young plant and is growing close to the ground so I dunno. I don't know how many are growing since it's a mixture of lettuces and this was under the taller salad leaf varieties. Either way, this thing is coming out of my garden and the F-M packages are going into the garbage first thing tomorrow. In fact, the whole bed is getting dug up.

Oh, great, now you've done it. The IRS and hussein's spooks are probably snooping around and already have a DEA SWAT team headed this direction! If I suddenly disappear, y'all will know what happened. Hey, I swear, I didn't know!!! But, seriously, that thing stinks so much that I want the whole mixture out of there and I'll plant something else.

34 posted on 05/18/2013 8:33:24 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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Ha, reminds me of a trial where I was on the jury as foreman. Seems the young fellow had been caught with funny mushrooms in his jacket pocket. Seems he also had a ‘good’ explanation of why he did not know there were there...and other circumstances substanciated that.

In the course of deliberations (this was in Nebraska) and in an attempt to sway the jury to not convict, I talked about ditch weed, and how we all, when we were younger may have tried smoking it...

...well, seems some of the would be holdouts on the jury ‘understood’ that and after further deliberation, we found the young fellow ‘not guilty’. Some would say we exercised our right of ‘jury nullification’. (the prosecuting attorney was NOT pleased)...


35 posted on 05/18/2013 8:34:06 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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Oh, great! Now there’s two of you thinking it’s pot!!! No, looked up pics of ditchweed and this isn’t it. Mine doesn’t have stalks of leaves on top of leaves like the pics show. I haven’t heard of any stupid neighbor growing pot. Still, the whole bed is getting dug up first thing tomorrow.

Lawdy, I’m never going to get to sleep tonight!


36 posted on 05/18/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill
and already have a DEA SWAT team headed this direction!

I already dropped a dime on you and told 'em where to find your dog.

Friends are like that. ;)

/johnny

37 posted on 05/18/2013 8:41:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

I want you on my jury.


38 posted on 05/18/2013 8:42:51 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Don’t make me play the no pants card, lol.


39 posted on 05/18/2013 8:44:22 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill; JRandomFreeper

The orange hybrid cherry tomato variety “Sungold” has leaves with an interesting smell. Not the smell you’d normally associate with a tomato plant.


40 posted on 05/18/2013 8:45:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: bgill
The problem is the crappy seed companies stick all kinds of seeds that won't grow/are the wrong stuff/just suck.... in their seed packets.

I once got a packet of seeds for Swiss Chard (green, not the red stuff) and those seeds are VERY obvious for what they are. If you ever see one, you would never miss the ID. And in the packet were two little round seeds that DIDN'T look like they came from the planet Klingon. I assumed they were okra and dumped them at the gutter, because I didn't want them in my chard.

Buy certified seed.

Or better yet, save seed.

/johnny

41 posted on 05/18/2013 8:49:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: thecodont

Thanks but nope. That’s not the leaf either.

Now I’m curious what a sungold smells like.


42 posted on 05/18/2013 8:49:31 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: bgill
Now I’m curious what a sungold smells like.M

Check out your local nursery and see if they still have plants on sale. Burpee and Kitazawa sell the seeds. The plant grows and produces fast.

43 posted on 05/18/2013 9:03:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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Or better yet, save seed

That was the idea. I was going to grow a mixture and decide what we liked and didn't like and then save the seeds of what we liked. Looks like Mother Nature is still having fun at my expense. I have some bibb, tipburn, etc. so that can go in. I just read that hemlock smells like skunk but the pics aren't even close to matching. I already knew but this is more proof that we must pay attention to nature. If something smells like skunk, it's wise to stay away from it.

44 posted on 05/18/2013 9:13:19 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

texokie>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>JRandomFreeper

This is me giving you a friendly nudge for more of your cooking lessons!

;-D


45 posted on 05/18/2013 10:15:37 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: bgill

It is called........ skunk cabbage


46 posted on 05/18/2013 10:31:58 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: bgill

OK just read your its not skunk cabbage. Which is edible if you boil it to tasteless.


47 posted on 05/18/2013 10:34:40 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: bgill

Cleome probably, it is in the Brassica or mustard family, you know cabbage, brussels sprouts etc. and is known to have a skunky smell when the leaves are crushed or pinched.


48 posted on 05/18/2013 11:07:27 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: nickcarraway

I want to try those honey biscuits!!! (of course I realize it’s cookies)


49 posted on 05/19/2013 2:09:44 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: nickcarraway

I want to try those honey biscuits!!! (of course I realize it’s cookies)

Just need to figure out measurements of ounces to cups.


50 posted on 05/19/2013 2:10:13 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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