Cooking on the Home Front during WW2
In an attempt to recreate the 'flavour' of the war years one event I helped out at in July 2005 was a 'Ready, Steady, Cook' competition between two professional celebrity chefs with restaurants in Cumbria. The two chefs were Ricky Andalcio, owner of two restaurants in Whitehaven, and John Crouch owner of a Restaurant in Wigton. Ricky and John regularly put on cookery demonstrations for the modern housewife at events in Cumbria (and of course househusband!) and they are also well known through appearances on regional television and radio.
The task was for Ricky and John to use ingredients and recipes from WW2 and create the type of meal a family may have eaten. This competition was part of an outside radio broadcast at the Asda Superstore, Carlisle during the 'Val Armstrong' mid morning show. At the same time some of the BBC staff, and volunteers such as myself, gave out leaflets about the "People's War" project and hopefully some of the shoppers would tell their wartime memories. As one may have expected, this proved to be a highly successful day. For the record, Ricky's 'Rabbit Stew' recipe proved to be the winner!