Wednesday, Day 1
This isn't mentioned in We'll eat again but my usual muesli, fruit and orange juice is in keeping with the grains and cereals of the rest of the meals.
Vegetable soup and bread
I had to start preparing this on Tuesday night by soaking 6oz of the soup mix of pot barley, lentils, oats and split peas. In the morning I chopped onions, leeks, carrots, celery and potatoes and cooked them in chicken stock with the lentils etc. I have lots of corn cobs in my vegetable box so I added the kernels from two of those before remembering that they were probably not available to English housewives in 1943.
With only 2oz butter to last for the whole week, I had my slice of bread without any spread.
I had spent so much time in preparing the soup that I had no time to bake any of the potato-based teatime recipes. I ate an apple instead.
Baked potato with tinned mackerel.
Not very imaginative but I had no time to spend in the kitchen. I had seen tinned fish mentioned in the book but it was only after I had devoured the contents of the 4oz tin that I read the recipe properly - it was meant to feed four people!
Feeling too depressed by this discovery to make a dessert, I ate an apple.
- I must be better organised. I should have started this on a day when I had nothing else to do but cook. On the other hand, most women had to prepare meals from these meagre rations after long hours of war work.
- I thought the soup was very good, it was certainly very filling. My husband called it 'interesting' and added lots of Lee and Perrins!
- I am writing this at 03.00 hours because I woke up feeling very hungry and have just had another bowl of the vegetable soup that I made for lunch.
- Tomorrow (today really) I shall make lots of mashed potato and try some of the more unusual recipes.