All this fuss in the village about “70 years since Hitler bombed the Free Church”, plus a recent post by Lynn about her Wartime cookbooks sent me scurrying to check mine out again for their economical Christmas Recipes.
In 1943, about 1 family in 10 managed to get hold of a turkey. “Gert and Daisy” had a sketch about “murkey” – half mutton, half turkey. G&D were Elsie and Doris Waters, the sisters of Jack Warner aka Dixon of Dock Green. They came on the radio and cheered people up with their witty banter [!]
Wish I had a copy of this one…
I saw them performing once when I was on holiday. They were on the seafront at Eastbourne in 1973, just before Doris died – and I’m afraid I didn’t find them that amusing!
Tucked into my Victory Cookbook [“Celebratory Food on Rations”] are a load of recipes from the Cabinet War Rooms ‘Wartime Christmas’ event I attended with Liz and Steph a few years ago.
I am very taken with the recipe for ‘Orange And Date Cake’ [made with marmalade and ‘orange essence’ – as presumably the actual fruits were hard to come by] Maybe if we get snowed in, and I have a spare moment [!!!] I shall make one.