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Wartime Recipes 3

Updated on August 17, 2013

World War recipes

Caring for your family's health was a real problem in the war years. War recipes were invented by people and passed on to friends and neighbours. Experimentation and innovation were the passwords and frugal living was the norm.

Woolton Pie

This recipe was named after the head of the Ministry of Food, Lord Woolton

1lb potatoes, diced.
1lb cauliflower
1lb carrots, diced
1lb swede, diced
3 spring onions
A teaspoon of vegetable extract
A tablespoon of oatmeal
A little chopped parsley

Cover the vegetables with water and simmer, stirring often to prevent it sticking to the pan. Put the mixture to one side to cool.
Ladle into a pie dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Cover with a crust of potatoes, pastry or potato pastry.
Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.
Serve hot with gravy.

Vegetable Roll

Vegetable Roll with Potato Pastry

Ingredients for pastry:
4oz mashed potato
1/2 teaspoon of salt
8oz plain flour
3oz fat
2 tablespoons of baking powder

Sieve the dry ingredients together.
Rub the fat intothe flour and gently mix in the potato.
Add enough water to make a fairly dry dough.
Knead well.

Ingredients for the filling:

11/2 cups of any mixed boiled vegetables, diced
thick gravy
Salt and pepper
A little chopped parsley

Roll out the potato pastry on a floured surface.
Mix some of the gravy into the vegetable mixture.
Spreadt the vegetables onto the pastry leaving a border all the way round.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Roll up and seal well at the edges so that gravy cannot escape
Place on a well greased baking tin with the seal underneath.
Brush with milk.
Bake in a moderately hot oven for 35-45 minutes.

Things were tough in war time and the innovation of people showed through in their own world war recipes.


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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Fascinating to me. I can see how these recipes stretched the food budget effectively. Thank you for sharing.

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      Derek James 8 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks for your comment, needful.

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      needful things 8 years ago from Poland

      Hmmm... looks healthy and delicious to me. :-)