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(Telegraph)   Think today's English cuisine is bad? Try a few recipes from this WWII British food rationing pamphlet. Now if I could just find a recipe for curried stale bread cutlets in creamed herring chutney   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 132
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2013-05-19 07:38:28 AM  
I'm just trying to imagine the gargantuan rage-fueled clusterfark that would happen if any modern, developed nation tried to institute rationing again.

I feel I'd probably spend a few months hunkered in my cellar, eating preserves and waiting for the dust to settle.
 
2013-05-19 07:45:12 AM  
I wasn't aware you needed to ration page clicks with a slideshow. Someone should tell the modmin the war's over.
 
2013-05-19 08:48:33 AM  
One thing my grandmother made that was a holdover from rationing in WWII was Coca-Cola cake. Sugar was rationed in the US, but you could get plenty of Coca-Cola (good for morale, they thought), and since it had plenty of cane sugar, cake made with it became popular. I don't recall the recipe, but I remember it was pretty good.
 
2013-05-19 09:03:00 AM  
 
2013-05-19 09:09:38 AM  
Yeah, OK, so we want 10 ounce... 12 ounces of cheese or some shiat like that, and a pound and a half of sort of ham or whatever, and two breads, and a big thing of butter instead and everything else, and a pork pie with all like an egg in it and everything else....
 
2013-05-19 09:14:03 AM  

miss diminutive: I'm just trying to imagine the gargantuan rage-fueled clusterfark that would happen if any modern, developed nation tried to institute rationing again.

I feel I'd probably spend a few months hunkered in my cellar, eating preserves and waiting for the dust to settle.


Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?  I do.  I wasn't driving, but I remember the effects, and watching it on the news.
 
2013-05-19 09:14:54 AM  
Fanta was developed by Coca Cola employees in Berlin because as the war dragged on they couldn't get cola beans from South America anymore.

tl;dr Fanta is a Nazi drink.
 
2013-05-19 09:22:11 AM  

dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?


There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?
 
2013-05-19 09:24:46 AM  

miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?


You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.
 
2013-05-19 09:25:51 AM  

dittybopper: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.


Was was the operative word.

Now he's a idol.
 
2013-05-19 09:27:20 AM  

miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?


Oh, FFS, do we really need to drag politics into this?
 
2013-05-19 09:28:17 AM  
{sigh}
 
2013-05-19 09:29:57 AM  

Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

Oh, FFS, do we really need to drag politics into this?


YES.

No, you're right. That was uncalled for.

Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.
 
2013-05-19 09:32:58 AM  

miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

Oh, FFS, do we really need to drag politics into this?

YES.

No, you're right. That was uncalled for.

Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.


Making fun of British food would also work.
 
2013-05-19 09:33:10 AM  

doglover: dittybopper: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.

Was was the operative word.

Now he's a idol.


But enough about his acting career, we're talking about food like substances.
 
2013-05-19 09:34:58 AM  

jehovahs witness protection: doglover: dittybopper: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.

Was was the operative word.

Now he's a idol.

But enough about his acting career, we're talking about food like substances.


Conservative Cheerios come pre-peed in.
 
2013-05-19 09:38:06 AM  

doglover: jehovahs witness protection: doglover: dittybopper: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.

Was was the operative word.

Now he's a idol.

But enough about his acting career, we're talking about food like substances.

Conservative Cheerios come pre-peed in.


Not really.  Look at this thread:  There was no mention of a liberal/conservative dichotomy until miss diminutive brought it up.

/More small 'l' libertarian myself.
 
2013-05-19 09:45:38 AM  

Nabb1: miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

Oh, FFS, do we really need to drag politics into this?

YES.

No, you're right. That was uncalled for.

Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.

Making fun of British food dental hygiene would also work.


www.thegayuk.com

Any other stereotypes we need to cover?
 
2013-05-19 09:50:46 AM  

miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

Any other stereotypes we need to cover?


Cheese eating surrender monkies?
 
2013-05-19 10:24:20 AM  

Thuull: miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

Any other stereotypes we need to cover?

Cheese eating surrender monkies?


No, no, no, that's the French. The English put up a fight.
 
2013-05-19 10:45:22 AM  
Yeah, I figured I'd try to spread the scorn some.
 
2013-05-19 10:54:22 AM  
Don't forget the sawdust cakes and breads.

Really. The Brits used some types of sawdust to stretch their flour ration. I recall reading about it years ago and the ladies worked hard to make it taste reasonably good.

Often a group of women would meet in someone's house to bake the stuff and have kind of a social gathering. They found some rather inventive ways to stretch what food rations they had.
 
2013-05-19 11:32:48 AM  
I like English food. Especially after a healthy appetizer of English ale.
 
2013-05-19 11:51:08 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: I like English food. Especially after a healthy appetizer of English ale.


This! I enjoyed most of the food there last month on vacation. Of course 2 imperial pints before a meal don't hurt either. Except their bacon, it doesn't even deserve the name. Ireland on the other hand.... /vomit
 
2013-05-19 11:54:14 AM  
My late father in law fought for the Canadian military, while Canadians were still Britsh conscripts. They were fed rations from WWI at first. He always laughed that the Americans complained about their rations.
Some of their equipment was WWI era too.

No wonder the Queen can't get the commonwealth back together.
 
2013-05-19 11:54:34 AM  

miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: Nabb1: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

Oh, FFS, do we really need to drag politics into this?

YES.

No, you're right. That was uncalled for.

Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.

Making fun of British food dental hygiene would also work.

[www.thegayuk.com image 460x379]

Any other stereotypes we need to cover?


Oh and this exists. Saw advertisements for it over there. At time I thought "I can't be that drunk".....

http://www.bda.org/museum/
 
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2013-05-19 11:55:23 AM  
I think this is the same cookbook that my mother-in-law still uses.
 
2013-05-19 11:56:15 AM  
It was determined during and after the war that the British population under rationing were significantly healthier than in the '20s and '30s. After rationing ended, the decline in health resumed to the point where a Glaswegian male and a male in Russia have a hard time getting to 65 on average.

Unpalatable and boring/disgusting the wartime diet may have been, but it kept them fighting and working and lean like boxers.

Cue "people of Walmart" for comparision and contrasting.
 
2013-05-19 11:59:17 AM  
I wonder how many people could manage with WWII style food shortages even American levels of WWII rationing.

/Grandmother lived it, she raised chickens, grew and canned her own vegetables, all on an 800 square foot yard in a medium sized Midwestern town.
 
2013-05-19 11:59:57 AM  
ALL SPOONS ARE LEVEL!!!!!!
 
2013-05-19 12:04:11 PM  
If anything, I did manage to snag a recipe for bread pudding FTFA, so that is a thing.

/ don't judge me
 
2013-05-19 12:06:12 PM  
There is, for some reason, something especially grim about pubs near stations, a very particular kind of grubbiness, a special kind of pallor to the pork pies.

Worse than the pork pies, though, are the sandwiches. There is a feeling which persists in England that making a sandwich interesting, attractive, or in any way pleasant to eat is something sinful that only foreigners do. 'Make 'em dry,' is the instruction buried somewhere in the collective national conciousness, 'make 'em rubbery. If you have to keep the buggers fresh, do it by washing 'em once a week.' It is by eating sandwiches in pubs on Saturday lunchtimes that the British seek to atone for whatever their national sins have been. They're not altogether clear what those sins are, and don't want to know either. Sins are not the sort of things one wants to know about. But whatever sins there are are amply atoned for by the sandwiches they make themselves eat. If there is anything worse than the sandwiches, it is the sausages that sit next to them. Joyless tubes, full of gristle, floating in a sea of something hot and sad, stuck with a plastic pin in the shape of a chef's hat: a memorial, one feels, for some chef who hated the world, and died, forgotten and alone, among his cats on a back stair in Stepney.

The sausages are for the ones who know what their sins are and wish to atone for something specific.
 
2013-05-19 12:06:29 PM  
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2013-05-19 12:07:51 PM  
There is just way too much information on Herrings in that pamphlet for sanity to prevail.
 
2013-05-19 12:09:09 PM  

doglover: Fanta was developed by Coca Cola employees in Berlin because as the war dragged on they couldn't get cola beans from South America anymore.

tl;dr Fanta is a Nazi drink.


As far as american businesses doing business with the nazis, at least soda doesnt actively contribute to the war effort... *cough*ford*cough*chasebank*cough*
 
2013-05-19 12:10:48 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: ALL SPOONS ARE LEVEL!!!!!!


www.thedailyenlightenment.com

Disagrees.
 
2013-05-19 12:12:08 PM  

dittybopper: miss diminutive: dittybopper: Don't remember the gas shortage of the 1970s?

There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?

You know, you're arguing against a strawman here.  Reagan was a politician, nothing more.


Yeah. Where the hell did the Reagan reference come from? That's some serious projecting, even for Fark.
 
2013-05-19 12:12:51 PM  

Nabb1: miss diminutive: Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.

Making fun of British food would also work.


OK, you know spotted dick? During the war, it contained actual dick.
 
2013-05-19 12:14:55 PM  

Astorix: My late father in law fought for the Canadian military, while Canadians were still Britsh conscripts. They were fed rations from WWI at first. He always laughed that the Americans complained about their rations.
Some of their equipment was WWI era too.

No wonder the Queen can't get the commonwealth back together.


Canadians were British conscripts in WWII????

WTF are you talking about?
 
2013-05-19 12:14:55 PM  

WeenieGuy: If anything, I did manage to snag a recipe for bread pudding FTFA, so that is a thing.

/ don't judge me


Oh yeah, I saw those recipes, too. I love bread pudding, especially with dried tropical fruit (soak it a bit first) and a sprinkling of coconut on top. Sometimes I go all crazy and use pumpkin pie spice in it. One of these days I'll get around to making a savory version with meat in it.

/Bread pudding is a great way to get rid of bread heels that otherwise go uneaten or tossed out.
//Serving somebody a sandwich made with bread heels is just rude.
 
2013-05-19 12:15:43 PM  

miss diminutive: There was a 1970s? You're telling me the world wasn't created when Saint Reagan destroyed communism and rained down riches from the heavens?


Nope, it was created when Saint Obama shut down Guantanamo as promised.
 
2013-05-19 12:16:02 PM  

i upped my meds-up yours: Nabb1: miss diminutive: Everyone resume your previous WWII rationing conversations.

Making fun of British food would also work.

OK, you know spotted dick? During the war, it contained actual dick.


I don't even want to hear about the bangers and mash.
 
2013-05-19 12:16:04 PM  

doglover: Fanta was developed by Coca Cola employees in Berlin because as the war dragged on they couldn't get cola beans from South America anymore.

tl;dr Fanta is a Nazi drink.


Fanta was made with whatever they could get their hands on which included whey left over from making cheese and the apple pulp left over from making cider.
 
2013-05-19 12:18:19 PM  

WordyGrrl: WeenieGuy: If anything, I did manage to snag a recipe for bread pudding FTFA, so that is a thing.

/ don't judge me

Oh yeah, I saw those recipes, too. I love bread pudding, especially with dried tropical fruit (soak it a bit first) and a sprinkling of coconut on top. Sometimes I go all crazy and use pumpkin pie spice in it. One of these days I'll get around to making a savory version with meat in it.

/Bread pudding is a great way to get rid of bread heels that otherwise go uneaten or tossed out.
//Serving somebody a sandwich made with bread heels is just rude.


I like the cut of your jib.
 
2013-05-19 12:18:28 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: ALL SPOONS ARE LEVEL!!!!!!


www.demotivationalposters.org
 
2013-05-19 12:19:08 PM  
You know, I've seen a lot of despicable things here on Fark (mostly my own comments) but this whole "derailing an unrelated thread to promote my personal political views" should really result in bannination.
 
2013-05-19 12:19:11 PM  

Cyno01: doglover: Fanta was developed by Coca Cola employees in Berlin because as the war dragged on they couldn't get cola beans from South America anymore.

tl;dr Fanta is a Nazi drink.

As far as american businesses doing business with the nazis, at least soda doesnt actively contribute to the war effort... *cough*ford*cough*chasebank*cough*


Actually, Fanta is a direct result of Coca-Cola having to cut ties with their German division/subsidiary/whatever.  Fanta was created as an effort to keep business going, and after hostilities ceased, Coke HQ basically said "Wow, you guys did great.  So, you want to get back together?"
 
2013-05-19 12:19:14 PM  
Please sir, may I have some more political references in this food thread?

static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-05-19 12:19:22 PM  
British cuisine has come a long way in the past 10 years. granted, London's restaurant scene was vibrant before then, but now its spread out all over the country.

Britain has the most restaurants in all of the EU.

I wouldn't blame the nation's poor health entirely on food either; the drinking culture is pretty atrocious.
 
2013-05-19 12:25:29 PM  

AGremlin: Please sir, may I have some more political references in this food thread?

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


No.  We're on a strict ration.  You'll have to find ways to stretch the references that you've already been allocated.
 
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