Before the lockdown and social distancing restrictions, the streets would have been packed on 8 May to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day.
Although that kind of group celebration isn’t possible, we can still celebrate from the comfort of our own home. This includes throwing a typical 1940s style picnic.
As the war drew to a close, rationing was still very much in place and people could only get their hands on a few ingredients. Items such as sugar, flour and eggs were in short supply so people had to make food from the stock they had.
Have a go at the below recipes and recreate some food from the era!
Corned Beef Hash
Corned beef hash is one of the simplest yet heartiest meals you can make for the whole family. It’s a traditional combination of potatoes and corned beef which takes less than 10 minutes to cook! What’s not to like? Serve with some baked beans or salad for a delicious lunch or dinner.
Full recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/corned-beef-hash
A potato scone originates from a Scottish and Irish background, and is the perfect addition to any breakfast meal or as a savoury snack. These scones are very easy to make and are a great way to use up leftover mashed potato! You can also add other spices for extra flavour or a dash of sugar to make them sweet.
Lord Woolton’s Pie
Lord Woolton’s Pie is a pastry dish of vegetables, widely served in the Second World War when there was strict rationing. The combination of ingredients enables a nutritious diet to be maintained despite food shortages. It’s a filling yet simple dish to make and is served with gravy. Y-U-M!
Full recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/woolton-pie-463606
This classic loaf cake is dense, rustic and full of flavour! Also a nutritious choice as it’s packed with dried fruit. It makes the perfect snack or as an addition to afternoon tea. Can also be served with ice cream or custard.
You’re now ready to grab a cup of tea, lay out your picnic blanket and enjoy your #StayAtHome garden party. Make sure you hang your homemade bunting up to mark the special occasion!