A week on WW2 rations

In Blog, Food and Drink, WW2 Rations by Lisa asd

In a nutshell – When my son was 8 we spent a week on World War 2 rations. This short series of posts is about how we coped.

In primary school my son did a project about World War 2. I thought it would be fun, or at least interesting if we tried living on World War 2 rations for a week. I diaried it 6 years ago and I’m reposting it all now because it is still interesting. My son does not want to repeat the project!

Our World War 2 rations for a week

We have (between us)

Butter 100g

Marj 200g

Sugar 450g

Milk 4l

Smoked Salmon (instead of bacon) 200g

Cheese 100g

2 eggs

Tea 100g

Jam 100g

Sweets 120g

T is a bit disgruntled that there will be no pasta. We are hoping for some black market goodies.

This is our Morrison shelter, underneath the table, in case the siren goes off – I downloaded a siren noise on my phone and ran it through the speakers at random intervals!

 

A week on WW2 rations

In a nutshell - When my son was 8 we spent a week on World War 2 rations. This short series of posts is about how we coped. In primary school my son did a project about World War 2. I thought it would be fun, or at least interesting if we tried living on World War 2 rations for a week. I diaried it 6 years ago and I'm reposting it all now because it is still interesting. My ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 1

Breakfast Porridge with treacle and left over strawberries cooked down, soya milk. I made tea in a teapot to stretch the bag out to 2 cups. T's packed lunch is Cheese and mushroom sandwich, honey sandwich, raisins, juice (should be squash but we don't have any) and a carrot with propeganda "carrots keep you healthy and help you see in the blackout" I've saved the crusts to make something else with later in the week. My lunch is vegetable soup, ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 2

Menu plan Breakfast Porridge and honey juice Packed Lunch smoked salmon sandwich (instead of bacon which T doesnt eat) anzac biscuits juice raisins My lunch vegi soup toasted tomato sandwich salad smoked salmon anzac biscuits Dinner smoked salmon, potato and mushroom pasty for T, mixed veg pasty for me with oven chips for both of us salad and beetroot for me coconut shortbread biccies I'm feeling the sugar overload and a lack of protein. Have arranged to trade my sweet ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 3

I should have weighed myself on Monday but I forgot - I'm 10st 1.4 I can't imagine with all the sugar on the ration I will be anything less on Sunday. Breakfast Porridge and honey Juice We are out of honey and treacle, I think we will use our ration book to buy a pot of honey. Packed Lunch for T Cheese and lettuce sandwich half a honey sandwich juice 2 Anzac biscuits 1 small coconut biscuit A Satsuma! We ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 4

Halfway allready! I weigh 10st today, 1.4 down from yesterday. My neighbour has just come over with a lovely smoked rainbow trout so that is lunch for me! I still have extended soup to eat and I'm looking forward to the leftover mushroom soup, which was so easy to make despite using a little of the butter ration. Onions and garlic softened in butter, add mushrooms, cook a while, add water, cook til soft, whizz up, add milk - I ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 5

Friday is an inset day at school so we plan to have a late Breakfast/Brunch Toast Vegi Sausage Baked Beans Fried Egg That will leave us just one egg until Monday and no more baked beans or sausages. It will also use up some of the butter ration with the toast. Late Lunch/Early Dinner Eating out! Yippee, hooray, I might even have a glass of wine, I am sure they served wine at the Ritz during the war, we will ...
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A week on WW2 Rations – Day 6

Breakfast cornflakes and a small spoonful of sugar although there is loads of it left juice Lunch Toasted sandwiches, 2 x smoked salmon (bacon substitute) and mushroom for T 1 smoked salmon and mushroom for me and a bowl of vegi soup Dinner thoughts at 2pm something potato based, possibly pasties (again) We have most of my ration of cheese left, some fish, 2 vegi burgers, possibly mashed potato so I can save some potato for potato pastry tomorrow. We ...
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A week on WW2 rations – day 7

Breakfast toast and dippy egg, juice some cheating here with an extra egg but this used the last of the butter ration Lunch - out, T had chips, I had a sandwich Dinner - vegi sausages (in ration, I was intending vegi burgers but these were easier) mashed potato with some out of ration butter, sprouts and broccoli The week is done T had some black market pretzls, we used one extra egg and about a teaspoon of butter extra, ...
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A week on WW2 rations – meal ideas

These are ideas for me and my 8 year old who does not eat meat so I'm substituting smoked salmon for bacon. He hardly eats any veg so this will be an interesting week. Breakfast for both of us: porridge with honey, apple sauce, sugar, milk, raisins (?) toast and butter/jam/marmite/honey dippy egg and toast and butter (can only do this once unless we get more eggs somehow) Packed Lunch for 8 year old Sandwiches: salmon cheese and mushroom cheese ...
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