Myself and Dad got the opportunity to attend a local Museum event with the Suffolk Smallholders Society stand. It was a World War Two reenactment event and thus we dressed up in our WW2 gear and set up our stall! We had articles, posters and news bulletins all about food in World War Two – including rationing, grow your own and different popular breeds of livestock of the period. As you can see from the photos we took along some eggs from the chickens and bantams to show. Additionally, we had a taster for people to try- Carrot Jam!
This was made up to an original recipe from the period and was surprisingly nice – more like a mild Apricot jam. My Grandad Basil used to love this but after the war had finished my Grandma refused to make anymore of it as she wanted to forget wartime food! My dad was intrigued to crack open the recipe to see for himself.
We had a photo of my Granma Joan up too of her in her Land Army uniform – looking very smart! She came up from Kent to work in the Land Army on a farm in Yaxley, Suffolk. This was where she met and started going out with my Grandad Basil (a tractor driver on a local farm). And the rest, they say is history! They got married and set up a smallholding near Ipswich.
We gave out free recipes of the classic Rabbit stew and the Carrot Jam. I hope to out the recipe on this blog soon. Overall, it was a good, busy day and we got to talk to lots of visitors.