There is so much excess and waste in many of our lives these days that it is difficult to imagine the hardship of wartime rationing and shortages. Not in any way diminishing the hardship of the times, there is much to learn much from the anti-waste campaigns (truly fascinating history), the concept of the victory / home food garden, and you have to respect the ingenuity of wartime substitutions and recipes. This week's post explores some modern experiments with wartime recipes:
Clockwise from the upper left:
- Cheese and Lentil Savoury (Lavender and Lovage) Just one of many beautifully presented wartime (and other) recipes on this blog, which also includes an experiment with living on rations for a week along with recipes.
- National Wheatmeal Loaf (Butcher Baker Baby)
- Potato Biscuits (The Butterfly Balcony's Kitchen Front)
- Wartime Raisin Cake (Lovingly Handmade by Lorna)
- Cheddar Cheese, Chive, and Piccalilli Scone Whirls (Mulberry and Pomegranate) with a lovely bit of family history on the side.
- Canadian War Cake (Postmedia The Great War: Home Front)
- Very Fancy Sandwiches (Tori Avery)
- War Cake (Growing Jane) Sugarless, eggless, and butterless!
Of course, in this part of the world, ANZAC Day is the primary day of remembrance for many, marking the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli one hundred years ago on 25 April 1915. In those days, care packages from loved ones had a long slow sea journey, and the ANZAC biscuit was developed to travel well and stay edible. It is my photo below, but I'll refer you to the ANZAC Day website for the full history and their classic ANZAC biscuit recipe. As an added little bit of Tasty Tuesday trivia, another iconic local favourite was also born from wartime shortages. Our infamous Vegemite was created when WWI disrupted availability of Marmite from Britain and an Australian company set about developing their own nutritional brewer's yeast spread. In fact, it was so popular Vegemite required domestic rationing during WWII to ensure that production could meet military requirements.
Lest we forget. ❀