What we learnt from rationing:
-there was a lot of lard involved
-fussy children should be taken out on a remote hillside and left to die from exposure
-cooking economically costs time
Things I missed most were: olive oil, garlic, wine. It turns out virtually everything I cook involves these ingredients. And rice! I need risotto…
The thing I would have missed most if I hadn’t blatantly cheated: coffee.
Interestingly, although you hear a lot about meat and sugar rationing, they were pretty easy to live with. I think we ate about as much meat as we would in an ordinary week. And we would have had a couple of pounds of sugar left at the end of the week- I guess we could have stockpiled for jam making time. We were much sadder about the shortage of eggs, butter and cheese. Heather, I reckon the outlook for vegetarians was fairly dire!