Weekly Menu – Prunes in WW2 and the joys of a good evacuation

Sorry I couldn’t resist that title… 

Prunes, being a dried fruit, would have of course been on the points ration asprunes they were imported to the UK at the time. Many American households counted them out completely as the amount produced in the states was reduced almost to a third of what it was pre-ww2. Obviously like most food stuffs different areas of the country were subject to different rates of availability for different items. Obviously prunes are just dried plums… which were available in the UK.

Where we live now we’re quite lucky…. not to rural, not to urban…. so as well as benefitting from the 10 minute walk away coast, we also benefit from good-sized gardens with great soil and are perfectly situated to benefit from any (however rare) imports. (Well, thats my nylons out then, better get out the gravy browning)

FUN FACT:>Prunes are great for high fiber and contain good amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium (very high), phosphorus, vitamins C, B, E, iron and zinc. Theyre a brilliant low calorie food and… of course we all know what a shlurp too much prune juice does… Long live prunes!

The supply of food was patchy. One day my mother heard one of her brothers was home on leave in London. She gathered up what food she could find, including some precious custard powder and some prunes and she and I rushed off to visit him and his family. Proud of what she was able to offer in the way of food she was taken aback by groans and shouts of “Not prunes and custard again, that is all we have been able to get hold of lately!” Mrs. Grace Veasey, London bbc.co.uk/history


Evening meal: Minced beef meatballs & vegetables – We may substitute the veggies with spagetti tonight as a treat… it wasnt strictly speaking on the ration in ww2 just not really eaten as it was considered ‘foreign food’. However, logically, if you made it yourself you would have had to have used your rationed goods.

Afterdinner treat: Ginger pudding – Its still nippy on a night at the moment, so this pudding with warm custard will fill a nice gap after our evening of fresh air and exercise… and warm tummies aswell.


SANDWICH NIGHT followed by our semi-tradtional apple crumble… which the kids absolutely love and on a rushed night like this night its cheap, quick, easy and a great tummy filler.


Dinner: Corned beef, potato and onion pie YUM with veggies on the side

After dinner treat: Prune roly poly THINK FIBRE lol + custard


Dinner: fish and veggies

After dinner : bread pudding – time to break out that jar of marmalade ive been hoarding


Lunch: Picnic in the  ‘sunshine’ … if its a poxy day we’ll camp out in the livingroom

Dinner: Bacon turnovers & vegetables on the side

Pudding: Cooked apples and custard + some jam tarts baked for the weekend


Sunday lunch: Lamb and vegetables

a treat… just becasue its sunday: Home made vanilla ice cream with jelly

Bacon wrapped in eggssupper: Bacon/ egg tartlets – just a stummy filler between a large lunch and bedtime


evening meal: Oatmeal sausages, mashed potato and beans – a nice way to stretch out your off ration but hard to get sausage meat. It also means the sausages are less fatty and more filling BONUS! The lack of actal meat can take some getting used to if you like your bangers… but a nice gravy can compensate!

after dinner yummies: Cinnamon rolls – back by popular demand

I gazed longingly at the berries while shopping today… blue berries from Chile, strawberries from Morocco… but no, I’ll wait until summer to take the kids berry picking in the hedges… we should be able to get our hands on some sloes and elderflowers aswell. I draw the line at nettles though… theyre EVIL!


2 responses to “Weekly Menu – Prunes in WW2 and the joys of a good evacuation

    • 1/2 pint of cold custard, 1 can whipped evapourated milk + flavouring…. in this case vanilla ess. Stirred up and in the freezer… during our experiments we left them over night for best results 😀

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