Woolton Pie.

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Master Sergeant
Nov 9, 2004
Bristol, UK
Why not make (or get your mum or better half instead) this one?

Lord Woolton, the Minister of Food, urged people to be creative in their cooking with rationed food, to use more vegetables, particularly potatoes. He even had a recipe named after him:

Lord Woolton Pie

1 lb (454g) potatoes1 lb (454g) cauliflower
1 lb (454g) swedes1 lb (454g) carrots
3 or 4 spring onions 1 teaspoon of vegetable extract
1 tablespoon of oatmeal Parsley
Wholemeal pastry

Dice the potatoes, cauliflower, swedes and carrots, slice the onions and cook all with the vegetable extract and oatmeal for 10 minutes with just enough water to cover. Allow it to cool, then put in a pie dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley and cover with wholemeal pastry. Bake in a moderate oven until the pastry is nicely brown and serve hot with gravy.

It really doesn't sound too bad for wartime grub on the ration!


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Agreed! I had roast duck and mashed potatoes for supper tonight - very nice!

Okay, I've found another wartime recipe.

Corned Beef Rissoles


• 100 g/4 oz corned beef
• 225 g/9 oz mashed potatoes
• 225 g/9 oz cooked mixed vegetables
• 100 g/4 oz wheatmeal breadcrumbs
• Seasoning
• Pinch mixed herbs
• 4 tablespoons brown sauce or vegetable water


Crumb the corned beef and mixed with mashed cooked vegetables and breadcrumbs.

Season and add herbs.

Bind mixture with sauce or water, form into round shapes.

Bake in hot oven.

Cooking time: 20 minutes, 2 - 3 helpings


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This one looks horrendous at first glance, but on reflection it probably wouldn't be too bad.

Sausage and Sultana Casserole

1lb sausages
1 large onion
2oz sultanas
1 sour (crab) apple
Pinch of mixed herbs

Chop up and fry the onion.
Fry the sausages.
Cover with stock.
Add sultanas, herbs, salt.
Place in oven and cook slowly for 35-40 minutes.


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When Channel 4 did that 1940's House project, they found that the participants were much healthier than they had been before they started.

It would be the monotony of the diet that would begin to get me after a while though.

It really does make you think about what people had to put up with then.
It's a well known fact that war time Britons where much healthier than the current ones unless of course you got shot while on active duty or had a bomb drop on your swede or drowned cause your ship sunk or fell outta the sky because your plane copped it.
But apart from those minor hiccups everyone was really fit and healthy. Oh I forgot the Far East disintary and berry berry and malaria and ......ect .. ect........................

some of them don't sound to bad you know, but i think i'd still rather have a pasty, i'm somewhat ashamed i don't know this but what was the pasty supply like during the war, were they still readily available??..........

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