Thursday 23 July 2015

Dig For Victory ...... 1940's week!

In Britain, "digging for victory" used much land such as waste ground, railway edges, ornamental gardens and lawns, sports fields and golf courses was requisitioned for farming or vegetable growing. Sometimes a sports field was left as it was but used for sheep-grazing instead of being mown:
Victory gardens were planted in backyards and on apartment-building rooftops, with the occasional vacant lot "commandeered for the war effort!" and put to use as a cornfield or a squash patch. During World War II, sections of lawn were publicly ploughed for plots in  Hyde Park in London to promote the movement.

People were asked to grow there own fruit and vegetables in there gardens
instead of flowers and to keep there own chickens too for eggs as well.  There were campaigns for you to keep peelings for veg to give to farmers to feed their pigs and for you to make great filling soups with potatos as well.

Hedgerow picking for berries for jams and pies in the countryside were encouraged and was great fun as well for the whole family.

Potato Soup

  • 1½ lb potatoes.
  • 1 stick celery, a few spring onions, or a little leek.
  • 2 tablespoonfuls chopped parsley.
  • 1¾ pints of vegetable water or water.
  • 1 teacup of milk or household milk.
  • Seasoning.
Method-Scrub and slice the potatoes and celery. Place in boiling salted water. Cook with the lid on until quite soft. Rub through a sieve or mash well with a wooden spoon. Add milk and re-heat, but do not re-boil. Sprinkle in coarsely chopped parsley just before serving

The above is a wartime recipe for potato soup that I found and thought you might like.  I am enjoying this trip down the 1940's lane and hope that you are too.....  So I am off to my stitching room now to continue on.  I hope you enjoy the little original film ( I did)

Have a great day and Happy Stitching!

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