January 25th. Robert Burns Day. Even eating wartime rations, there was no way I could let today pass without a nod to Scotland’s famous bard. But haggis? Was it even available in wartime Scotland? My grandparents were English and didn’t celebrate Burns Night, so Anne was unable to answer that question for me.
So I checked out vegetarian haggis recipes online and decided upon this one from The Guardian newspaper. The recipe included mushrooms (available in the summer), red kidney beans (available on points) and a lemon (very – very – hard to come by and probably only afforded by the rich), so it was a bit of a wartime cheat. It definitely smelled and looked like haggis, but although it tasted great (my husband gave it 8/10) it didn’t taste like any haggis I’ve ever eaten before.
Staying on the Scottish theme, I decided to make some potato scones to go with our mid-morning cup of tea today. I haven’t made these since I was in Miss Lennie’s cookery class back in the day, but straight out the oven with butter melting on them… excellent. And easy!
My husband’s work colleagues know he’s been eating wartime rations with me, so every morning he goes in to work he has to recount our meal from the previous evening. What they don’t quite believe is how cheap my weekly food shopping has been for the two of us over the past few weeks – around $60Cdn. ($54.22US, $62.22Australian, 32.85British pounds.)
I’ve worked out next week’s menu and pulled together a shopping list. I’m heading to Safeway tomorrow morning, so will have an itemised bill to show you to prove (hopefully!) that you can eat really well and cheaply.