Lest we Forget: Remembrance Sunday and The Wartime Kitchen Recipes

My Poppy is worn with pride

My Poppy is worn with pride

Lest we Forget:

Remembrance Sunday and The Wartime Kitchen Recipes

In Flanders Fields

Image: The Last of the Few

Today is a reflective day for me, a day to remember all those who have died in both World Wars as well as other and continuing conflicts, both home and abroad. It IS a sad and sombre day, but it is a day to recognise just how brave and courageous all of the fallen were, and if it weren’t for them, we really would not have so many of the freedoms that we take for granted today……it’s not a day for too many words, so I will leave you with some poems and a selection of some of my Wartime Recipes. I am also sharing some “new” wartime recipes next week, so do pop back to see what I have been cooking on my Wartime Kitchen. And, yes, I DO wear my poppy with pride. Karen 

The Poppy Girls

Image: The Royal British Legion

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For their tomorrow, we gave our today.

John Maxwell Edmonds (1875–1958) 

In Flanders Fields

Image: Audio Boo

The Wartime Kitchen Recipes

WW2 Rations 1940: per one person (adult)

Butter: 50g (2oz)
Bacon or ham: 100g (4oz)
Margarine: 100g (4oz)
Cooking fat/lard: 100g (4oz)
Sugar: 225g (8oz).
Meat: To the value of 1/2d and sometimes 1/10d – about 1lb (450g) to 12ozs (350g)
Milk: 3 pints (1800ml) occasionally dropping to 2 pints (1200ml).
Cheese: 2oz (50g) rising to 8oz (225g)
Eggs: 1 fresh egg a week.
Tea: 50g (2oz).
Jam: 450g (1lb) every two months.
Dried eggs: 1 packet (12 eggs) every four weeks.
Sweets & Chocolate: 350g (12oz) every four weeks

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Spiced Mixed Fruit Roll in a Baked Bean Tin

Mixed Fruit Roll with Custard

Spiced Mixed Fruit Roll in a Baked Bean Tin

Spiced Mixed Fruit Roll in a Baked Bean Tin

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 35 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
An old fashioned way to steam a pudding and a great way to recycle old baked bean tins; these spiced mixed fruit rolls are easy to slice to serve and are also lovely buttered like tea loaf when cold. This recipe is based on several WW2 ration book recipes that I found in various books, where no eggs and sugar are used. Makes two bake bean tin fruit rolls to serve 4 greedy people or 6 restrained diners!

Ingredients

  • 8 ozs (225g) flour
  • 4 ozs (100g) chopped suet (I used vegetable suet, but you can use grated frozen butter or margarine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons dried mixed fruit and peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup (warmed)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 clean 400g baked bean tins (greased)

Note

An old fashioned way to steam a pudding and a great way to recycle old baked bean tins; these spiced mixed fruit rolls are easy to slice to serve and are also lovely buttered like tea loaf when cold. This recipe is based on several WW2 ration book recipes that I found in various books, where no eggs and sugar are used. Makes two bake bean tin fruit rolls to serve 4 greedy people or 6 restrained diners!

Directions

Step 1 Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, suet, dried fruit and mixed spice together in a bowl. Add the warmed golden syrup and the enough water to make a soft cake like consistancy.
Step 2 Spoon the mixture into the prepared baked bean tins, they must be well greased and a circle of baking paper at the bottom is a good idea for easy removal too. Fill to three-quarters full as the pudding expands during steaming.
Step 3 Place a greased margarine or butter paper on top of the tin and then cover with tinfoil and tie to secure the covers.
Step 4 Place the two tins into the top of a steamer, and steam for 2 1/2 hours. Make sure the water is topped up regularly.
Step 5 Remove the covers carefully, and with heat resistant oven gloves invert the tin/s on to a plate, the puddings should slide out with ease. Slice the pudding and serve with custard.

Scottish Vegetable & Meat Pudding Recipe

Scottish Vegetable & Meat Pudding

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 3 hours
Total time 3 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A delicious meat and vegetable steamed pudding that would have been popular as a family meal during the war; the meat is padded out with tasty seasonal root vegetables and the suet crust is made from a combination of flour and oatmeal, for a nutty taste and texture. Serve with gravy and steamed seasonal vegetables.

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 7ozs (200g) plain flour
  • 3ozs (75g) oatmeal, such as pinhead medium oatmeal
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 to 3ozs (50 to 75g) grated suet (I used vegetable suet)
  • water, to bind

Filling

  • 8ozs (225g) strewing steak
  • 120zs (300g) mixed prepared vegetables such as carrots, swede, potatoes, turnip, leeks, onions and celery (I used a bag of Scotty Brand prepared Casserole Vegetables)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Note

A delicious meat and vegetable steamed pudding that would have been popular as a family meal during the war; the meat is padded out with tasty seasonal root vegetables and the suet crust is made from a combination of flour and oatmeal, for a nutty taste and texture. Serve with gravy and steamed seasonal vegetables. I used a very handy packet of Scotty Brand prepared casserole vegetables in my pudding.

Directions

Step 1 Pastry: Mix the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt, pepper and suet together and then add enough cold water to make a dough with a soft rolling consistency.
Step 2 Roll the dough out on a floured board and use three-quarters to line a 2 pint (1200ml) pudding basin.
Step 3 Dice the meat finely and mix with the prepared vegetables. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water to the filling mixture and season well. Spoon the filling into the pastry lined pudding basin and then roll out the remaining dough to form a lid.
Step 4 Moisten the edges of the edges of the pastry lid and put into position on top of the pie, crimping the pastry together around the edges to form a tight seal.
Step 5 Cover with margarine paper or greased baking parchment, and add a lid if using a plastic steamer. Place in a steamer and steam for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, making sure the water is topped up regularly with boiling water.

The Wartime Kitchen, Day Five and Scottish Vegetable & Meat Pudding Recipe

Scottish Vegetable & Meat Pudding Recipe

Wartime Devilled Fish

Wartime Devilled Fish

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Egg, Fish, Milk
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Region British
From book The Stork Wartime Cookery Book
A thrifty and yet very tasty wartime dish of fish in a devilled white sauce, cooked au gratin, This recipe makes a pie that is adequate for 4 to 6 people, when served with potatoes and vegetables on the side, or a high tea meal for 4 people when served with bread and butter. The recipe comes from The Stork Wartime Cookery Book.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (225g) cold cooked fish (I used Coley, Saithe)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (sliced or chopped)
  • 1 1/2 ozs (40g) stale breadcrumbs
  • pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • pinch of mace or grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon curry podwer
  • 1/2 teaspoon made English mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcester sauce or tomato ketchup
  • 1 oz (25g) Stork margarine
  • 1 oz (25g) flour
  • 1/2 pint (300ml) milk
  • salt and pepper

Note

A thrifty and yet very tasty wartime dish of fish in a devilled white sauce, cooked au gratin, This recipe makes a pie that is adequate for 4 to 6 people, when served with potatoes and vegetables on the side, or a high tea meal for 4 people when served with bread and butter. The recipe comes from The Stork Wartime Cookery Book.

Directions

Step 1 Flake fish and remove any skin or bones. Grease a pie-dish with a little Stork margarine. Melt the 1 oz of Stork in saucepan, stir in flour and cook until it bubbles. Take off heat and add milk (or half milk and water). Bring to boil, lower heat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring all the time.
Step 2 Add the fish, egg, nutmeg, curry powder, Cayenne, mustard, Worcester sauce or ketchup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Step 3 Pour into prepared dish and coat with breadcrumbs, and bake for 20 minutes on moderately hot oven (Regulo Mark 6 - 180C/350F).

Wartime Devilled Fish

Wartime Devilled Fish

Humble Pie WW2

Comments

  1. Andrew Petrie says

    This just brings home to me how difficult things must have been.I’ve caught these fish of StMary’s lighyhouse in the North East and they are tiny – there’s nothing to them.

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