No new food photos today as I’m still working on leftovers. However… I can promise a ‘treat’ tomorrow. January 25th is Burns’ Night, and as I’m a Scottish Canadian, I’ll be attempting a vegetarian haggis recipe that just might have been possible during the war.
(If anyone has any information on what Scots did on Burns’ Night during the war I would love to hear from you. Anne’s parents were English, so it’s not something they ever celebrated.)
Straight on to some of Anne’s other memories. Here are answers to a few random questions I asked.
Was there enough paper for school jotters? Yes, but the quality of paper became very bad as time went on; rubbing out became quite a problem. Paper (like everything else!) was in short supply everywhere, newspapers slimmed down sometimes to only two sheets (4 pages, that is) from ten or twelve. The writers and reporters were given the slogan ‘Boil It Down!” to keep their items short. Books too – the paper was really dreadful.
What did you do during the war for presents and birthday cakes? I used to be given half-a-crown to buy five 6-penny presents for my siblings – usually sweets with my unwanted sweet coupons. I’d have to save up pocket money for gifts for Mum (e.g. a pretty ornament) and Dad (a fishing fly or ciggies).
Auntie Bessie (in England) was wonderful: she would occasionally have saved enough ‘points’ and rations to make and send us a fruit cake, and she was a great baker.