January 8, 1940
The battle cry that resonates through the Modage on a fairly regular basis is “FOR SCIENCE!” The Fella and I are both nerds of the highest order. I approached the Fella with a proposal. It went something like this:
Me: Hey, how do you feel about living like a WWII Briton for a month? You know, rationing our food and what have you.
Me: “FOR SCIENCE!”
I have done this before, on my old blog that is now defunct. There were carrot cookies. There will probably be carrot cookies again. I recognize the fact that this is only one aspect of the difficulties of the people living in WWII Britain. However I believe there is much to be learned from this experiment regarding how a country banded together in the face of adversity and learned to do without.
I think the hardest aspect of this experiment is going to be getting used to portion sizes, because I can be a bit of a heavy eater, and this strikes me as a type of dining that is going to leave me hungry after most meals. Also, Rationed bacon!? WTF is wrong with these heathens!?
The sugar ration I am actually looking forward to, because this might help me fight off my sweet tooth. Miranda can attest to the power of my sweet tooth; it is a fickle bitch, and when it demands satisfaction, I can be a bit difficult to live with. (Miranda nods emphatically.)
WWII Rations 1940: One Adult Person
|Bacon or Ham||4 oz|
|Cooking Fat or Lard||3 oz|
|Meat (Based on Meat Value)||1 lb to 12 oz|
|Milk||3 pints to 2 pints|
|Cheese||2 oz to 8 oz|
|Eggs||1 fresh egg|
|Jam (every 2 months)||1 pound|
|Dried Eggs (every four weeks)||1 packet (12 eggs)|
|Chocolate (every four weeks)||12oz|