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Tink_04 wrote: »
I was wondering about Gad and elec? Does anyone thing the services will be disrupted or will it just be cost rising? Tink
mardatha wrote: »
We already eat 1950s UK style - mainly because the wartime cookbooks recommended to me by people on the OS threads really work for me and taste like real food Those new books have recipes with 900 ingreds (and every single one has to be either wild or distressed or torn) drive me insane :rotfl: I know where I am with lamb hotpot or cottage pie./QUOTE]
I too eat like I did as a small child in the 1940s/50s but then I do also like to add a few herbs and spices to liven things up a bit.I agree an awful lot of cookbooks have far too many ingrediants, and unless you live within sight of a fancy deli or shop most ordinary shops just don't stock them anyway.
Apparently at the start of the last big hostilities in 1939 my late Mum decided to get as many herbs and spices as she could find, and also stocked up on dried fruits sultanas ,currants etc and her friends thought she was mad, but my Mum had been born in 1900 so remembered how it was for my Granny to get hold of things during WW1.
I don't think for one moment that things will get that bad, as we did manage to live reasonably well before joining the common market ,but things will change and inevitably there will be certain shortages. Quite what they will be I haven't a clue But I can't honestly see there being too much of a shortage of tinned beans etc . Maybe if you have the space a collection of seeds for growing your own may help. I am at the moment trying to live on my existing stocks of stuff I already have so I think I will be using that up first before I start to restock anything
I too had a Haybox type thing back in the 1970s when there were electricity cuts almost daily and often you never knew when the electric would go off I was all electric in our house back then and could be seen trotting down to my oldest friends house to finish off a casserole at times until I got my haybox sorted. I had a large wooden box which I stuffed an old duvet into and filled the inbetween bits with screwed up newspaper It really does work and helped no end .
Back in the late 1960s when money was in quite short supply I too cooked 'Vicars Mutton' with a leg of lamb that would cost my 17/6d (about 85p) but then my housekeeping for myself, my OH and two small children for the week was £8.10.00 (£8.50p) per week so every sixpence counted.
Roasted Sunday ,cold Monday with pickle and mash, Tuesday shepards pie Wednesday rissoles and by Thursday my OH would hopefully ask if the Lamb was finished, it usually was the very last bit turned into a broth and a tiny curry bulked out with veg. Today a leg of lamb costs more than my OH earned in a week back then !! but I am still quite mindful of costs and can as my DD says 'stretch a pound until it pings' OS certainly and I am glad I am, thank goodness I had a canny little scots Mum who also managed to make a sixpence do the work of a shilling.
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