Frugal Cooking – or how to make 3 bacon rashers feed 2!
My main challenge for this week of eating World War II rations has been how to make dishes that feed one or two. The challenge for the single person household during the war was that much of the food available required long, slow cooking to make it palatable. And, without a freezer to save ‘single’ portions of a stew or mince dish, life could get very boring.
This particular dish is something I make in a slightly different form today. By choice I would use a ham hock, boil it down and use the stock as part of the casserole. But, I couldn’t find one in the shops, and of course my ‘ration’ allowed me 4 rashers of bacon. I’m saving one for the end of the week, but I used three rashers to make a wartime version of a dish I still eat today. My modern version involves using caraway seeds and ham hock. The war time version used vegetable stock and bacon. It wasn’t bad at all!
The quantities here fed me happily for 2 days…and used nothing from my ration allowance other than 3 out of 4 rashers of bacon!