Special Delivery!

05 Sep

Well, as promised, the book arrived and on first glance its not going to be a disappointment.

Wartime Farm Book

It is divided into eight chapters coinciding with each episode l presume starting with The Farm at War, Mobilising People, The Home and Garden Front, Wartime Food, Livestock, Home Defences, Make Do and Mend, ….And Carry On.

It is full of rich photographs covering the team as they go about their work along with many wonderful old photographs from that period. The selection of WW2 posters that are included emphasize the feeling that everyone had a role to play if the nation was not to starve. Also included are a small selection of wartime  recipes including this one called Baked Potato Pudding:

Baked Potato Pudding Recipe

Call me old fashioned if you will but raspberry jam, for me, usually goes best between two slices of bread and butter not with mashed potatoes! If anyone out there gives this a try please let me know how you get on with it, or l’ll just have to wait for that episode and see if they tell the truth!

Even the Boiled Onions with White Sauce smacks of yukky school dinners for me so l might have to give that one a miss too. The Gingerbread sounds nice as does the Mock Marmalade using Crab Apples and Carrots instead of Oranges. Mmmmm.

I can’t wait to see the bird-scarer in action. Alex Langlands found an advert in an agricultural magazine from that period and decides to make one from scratch. The results are explosive!

So, don’t forget…BBC2 tomorrow night at 8.00. Hope you are all enjoying this lovely September sunshine. Long may it run.


Posted by on September 5, 2012 in September


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5 responses to “Special Delivery!

  1. Janet/Plantaliscious

    September 8, 2012 at 22:46

    Mash and jam?! Thank goodness this isn’t WWII, sounds horrendous! Will look forward to the explosive bird scarer…

  2. Toffeeapple

    September 9, 2012 at 16:57

    Our Museum does samples of cakes cooked with carrot or parsnip, Lord Woolton’s Pie and other things from the wars. People were so inventive.

    I made the assumption that your had been given the series in DVD form, not a book, how silly of me. I missed the airing, being in France at the time but will catch up when all e-mails have been answered.

    • trevorhunt

      September 11, 2012 at 14:31

      I guess they will release a DVD later but funnily, no mention of the book at the end of the first programme? Whereabouts is your Museum? It sounds just the sort of place l would love to have in my town. I am hoping to give some wartime recipes a chance during the winter months.

  3. Toffeeapple

    September 12, 2012 at 19:59

    It is, I have a season ticket because I love it so much!

    I watched the first programme of Wartime Farm and I now covet the canary yellow kitchenette! They sell for over £2,000 now. Eek!

    • trevorhunt

      September 15, 2012 at 08:40

      Thanks for the link. Your museum looks great. Somebody should go into making these kitchenette’s! Off on our hols today. Caravaning along the North Devon/Cornwall coasts. See you in a week’s time.


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