Bonditunes International language expert Carol Cotter spent 7 days on a world war 2 diet, sticking with the rations and adhering to how much actual food, and what kind of food she could eat. This is her 7 day diary living the life and diet of a person in the second world war. Watch the video below to see more!




GENERAL RATIONS Weekly ration for 1 adult Bacon & Ham 4 oz Meat to the value of 1 shilling and sixpence (around about 1/2 lb minced beef) Butter 2 oz Cheese 2 oz Margarine 4 oz Cooking fat 4 oz Milk 3 pints Sugar 8 oz Preserves 1 lb every 2 months Tea 2 oz Eggs 1 fresh egg per week Sweets/Candy 12 oz every 4 weeks


FOOD ON POINTS: (Each person has 24 points per four weeks.) Sold by weight: Sold per tin: (points per pound) (points per tin) Rice 8; Sardines 2; Sultanas 8; Skimmed Milk 5; Currants 16; Baked Beans 2; Biscuits (dry) 2, (sweet) 4; Herrings 2 Sultanas 8; Stewed Steak 20; Rolled Oats 2; Salmon - varies a good deal - Sausage-Meat 12; Best Red Salmon 32 per small tin - a great luxury; Chopped Ham 3 PER OZ



weekly rations

Margarine: 112 grams

Cooking fat: 112 grams

Sugar: 224 grams

Jams, chutneys, etc: 57 grams

Tea: 56 grams

Sweets: 84 grams

Daily rations with points system

Oats: 160g

Sultanas: 8g






Tuesday 2nd August

Breakfast: Oats with small amount of syrup, made with homemade oat milk.

Delicious, surprisingly creamy and thick texture with the oat milk, syrup tastes great but without something sweet the porridge wouldn't be so nice .

Lunch/dinner :

Potato wedges with herbs and “sausages".

The sausages turned out way better than expected, great texture, they stay together well too, but they had a bit too much salt. I will know better next time.

Supper :

Creamy vegetable soup and bread with marmite.

Good wholesome soup, but nothing wild.

Snacks :

Anzac biscuits


Bread was a bit overdone and hard, but nice.

The Anzac biscuits were INCREDIBLE!

I will continue to make these after the experiment.



Wednesday 3rd August


Breakfast: Anzac biscuit and bread with marmite. Can't get enough of those Anzac biscuits!

Lunch : Leftover wedges from yesterday (I made loads!) and lentil-oat burgers with chutney.

The burgers turned out very nice! Good texture, although I prefer the sausages.

After putting too much curry powder in the sausages yesterday, I avoided it completely today and gave the burgers a bit of flavour with some chutney instead. Very filling!

Supper :

Baked potato with margarine, salt and pepper, with veg on the side (shredded carrot and cabbage).

The veg kind of reminded me of coleslaw without the mayonnaise!

Baked potatoes are always welcome, rations or no.

Snacks :

Anzac biscuits

It looks like I'm going to be using my entire sugar ration on Anzac biscuits, but they are worth it!



Thursday 4th August

Breakfast: Porridge with a small bit of jam

Lunch : Potato farls, serving of savoury lentils, spicy cooked cabbage

I'm so happy I tried the farls! On my first attempt they were not solid enough, so they broke up in the pan (although they were still tasty) but I kept trying and I finally got them to resemble a normal potato farl.

Supper :

Creamy potato soup with croutons

Making croutons at home with limited oil is not ideal, but they did the job of adding crunchiness to the lovely creamy potato soup, which had a stock cube for extra flavours.

Snack : Anzac biscuits, of course.



Friday, 5th August

Breakfast: Anzac biscuits with low sugar

Biscuits for breakfast, you say!Yes, but this batch had less sugar, so they were a bit more like hard flat scones instead of biscuits.

Lunch : Boiled Vegetables and delicious fresh bread

I had big dreams and grandiose plans about making Woolton pie, but while I was boiling up the vegetables to use as the pie filling, I tasted them and they were so nice, and I was quite hungry (I had left it very late to start preparing the food)that I ended up just eating the veg (carrots, potatoes, onion). I also had a side of slow-roasted dried crispy cabbage, which is waaaaay nicer than it sounds! The subtle flavours really came into their own.

Supper : Chips and onions

As the cherry on the cake for this lazy, rather unproductive food day, I simply had oven-baked chips, with chutney, salt and pepper and a small serving of sautéed onions (sautéed without oil, I must say)



Saturday 6th August


Wholemeal bread, one piece with marmite, one piece with syrup

I am getting better at bread! This is lovely.

Lunch :

Woolton pie

Well... It's ok, but savoury pies kind of creep me out. I don't know why. It tastes nice but it makes me uncomfortable. In the future I will stick to sweet pies.


Supper : Potato farls

Anzac biscuits

I'm getting much better at the potato farls too.



Sunday 7th August


Surprise pancakes with syrup!

I say surprise because they actually just made themselves, by accident.

Here's what happened:

In the morning, I started preparing lunch before I had breakfast.

I was making the oat-dough for the sausages, and because I didn't need any oat milk, I only added enough water to just cover the oats.

I used a sieve instead of the juicer, and squeezed out the thick, creamy oat milk.

I decided I would make some kind of creamy goo with it, then add sugar and dip my biscuits in, but as soon as I started heating it up, it was so thick it began to solidify! So I let it do its thing, and it turned into a beautiful pancake.

Lunch :

Marmite sausages and curry sausages. Very small portion of fried chips, onion and red pepper.

Sooo good. They are much better without the added lentils.

I used up the last of my fat for the week on these chips, but it was worth it!

Supper :


Lentil soup with fresh bread.
Thank God for a bit of fresh fruit. This wasn't on my list, but being realistic, they would have had a small bit of fruit now and again. I'm really starting to miss h



Monday 8th August


Pancake with syrup again!

Lunch :

Lentils and sliced baked potatoes with my ketchup replacement: tiny drizzling of syrup, vinegar, black pepper and salt. Yum!

Supper :

Leftover sausages from yesterday.

Most of this food still tastes lovely to me (the sausages are spectacular) but at this stage I'm REALLY missing fruit.

I was in the supermarket buying the food for tomorrow (when rations end) and was drooling over the oranges. In the kitchen cupboard I spied my boyfriend's tin of sweetcorn and I nearly went mad with desire. In the afternoon I get longings for olives… I will be glad to have variety in my diet again.








I found out some very smart ways to look like a person from the 40's


While doing some research on coffee rationing, I stumbled across some funny information. Well, I think it's funny, at least.


Looking a bit further into all this rationing business, I made a very exciting discovery! You can make washing soda at home from baking soda! THIS IS A GAMECHANGER! For me, anyway. I'm over the moon. Over the harvest moon.

Anzac biscuits, potato farls and surprise (!) pancakes!  

An American commentator looks at the effects of rationing on the people of England in 1944. The film presents a 'typical' family of 4 (housewife, engine-driver husband, factory-working daughter, schoolboy son) to illustrate the basic rationing system, the workings of 'point' systems and other restrictions, and the difficulties the average family faced when eating 'on the ration'.  


Wartime Nutrition - Food rationing in WW2 - Britain had food production issues and could not feed its people and military in WW2, so rationing was introduced and it demonstrates what can be done with those rations to provide health and nutrition for the populations. Foods such as parsnip, squash and turnips were on the menu. There is an argument people were healthier and less sick due to rationing.


Welcome to the world of a national obsession and a place where people say 'orf' instead of 'off'. Tea connoisseurs will benefit from the six golden tips for making the perfect cuppa, as well as countless other handy hints (never store your tea next to cheese, for example). There's an assessment of the pros and cons of various teapots and words of wisdom about the tea bush itself. Slightly grotesque methods for producing tea en masse are demonstrated - it was wartime, after all - and tea had to be produced by the oceanful. As such, there are some top tips for cleaning that hard-to-reach tap in your tea urn. Remember: "a dirty tap means dirty tea"


From the collections of the Imperial War Museum "How to make-do-and-mend." An exhibition arranged by the Board of Trade in Harrods Store in London to show "substitution and conversion" economies includes a fashion display, with models wearing a patchwork dressing gown, a frock made from old plus-fours and an overcoat borrowed from a husband. Less elegant but no less practical is an improvised cot.

Despite the Blitz, it's 'business as usual' as England prepares for Christmas in this propaganda film intended for US audiences. It's a Christmas of holly and barbed wire, guns and tinsel, yet the British, we are told, are determined to make it as cheerful as possible.


This amusing guide on the correct way to boil vegetables in times of austerity features alongside a host of other handy wartime shorts on the BFI's latest DVD collection Ration Books and Rabbit Pies: Films from the Home Front, available to pre-order now



"Importance of nutrition in wartime."

"Dramatized documentary short that shows what the consequences would be if the government ceased food rationing."