• Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery

    Taking It to the Next Level

    The Fella and I devised a handy random event chart that subjects us to a bit of uncertainty with our rations.  Each event is assigned a range on a 6 sided dice.  On shopping day (usually Sunday) we will roll and post our results here. [ox_table] Milk Dice Roll Event 1-2 Cows aren’t producing like they should; milk ration is down to 2 pints 3-6 Cows are producing just fine; milk ration is 3 pints [/ox_table] [ox_table] Cheese (National Cheddar) Dice Roll Event 1-2 Milk shortages a few months ago led to reduced cheese production; ration is 2 oz 3-5 Cheese production is steady; ration is 4 oz 6 Milk…

  • Cooking with Miranda,  Geekery

    Let’s Talk About the Numbers

    Rationing fluctuated through out the war; what was rationed, how much you received, etc.  For the purposes of this exercise, I consulted We’ll Eat Again by Marguerite Patten.  Marguerite Patten was instrumental in keeping up morale in times of austerity, by helping produce new and innovative ways to live off of less.  In We’ll Eat Again (to which I always have to add “don’t know where don’t know when), Mrs. Patten outlined what rations were average time, roughly what rations were in April of 1945 according to the Imperial War Museum’s book Home Front Handbook (the chart handily uploaded onto Wikipedia.) When rationing was implemented in January of 1940, affected foods were butter, bacon,…

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    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. Fella:  Why? Me:  “FOR SCIENCE!” Fella:  Alrighty… 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…