1943 rations for Lent 2023 – nearing the end

Sadly I will not manage the full 40 days of Lent on second world war rations. I have to be away from home for the last six days, of which more when I return after Easter.

But I have successfully completed 33 days so far with little hardship, and have learned a few things en route. I have eaten some meals that I have not had since a child, for example “Oxo broth” made with stale bread and a stock cube.

I have learned not to discard dripping or cooking fat, but to save it for future use. Meat dripping is delicious on toast. Last Wednesday I had a jacket potato with le last fo Sunday’s cheap pork joint. Instead of smothering the potato with butter as did the Memsahib I used a mixture of pork and bacon fat to soak into mine.

I have not found meat to be an issue, apart from the limitations on ham and bacon. Cheap cuts of meat, supplemented with squirrel and pigeon, have kept me going. vegetable stews with a little meat are very filling, and yesterday I made a very nice squirrel casserole, but what I am really looking forward to next weekend is cheese. Two ounces per week does not go far.

I have been very British and have drunk only tea rather than coffee.

Although I had two recipe books and bought a third from the Imperial War Museum I have not used them. I have been inventive with what is to hand and needs to be eaten.

I feel that I have been eating in a healthier way, but I won’t be averse to the occasional pizza or burger in the next few weeks.

Bye for now. Back after Easter.

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General Whiskers

Wargaming butterfly (mainly solo), unpainted model figure amasser, and Historical Re-enactor of the black powder era.

2 thoughts on “1943 rations for Lent 2023 – nearing the end”

  1. I rather enjoyed your Lenten ration series! Very interesting to see how much we really need (or don’t).

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