Apologies x

Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, we have had to cancel our plans to exhibit at the International Bomber Command Centre later this month.

We are sorry to cancel as we were looking forward to it, but hope to catch you at other events soon!

Thank You!

We would like to say thank you to Thorpe Camp for another wonderful weekend and to all the lovely visitors that we had to our stand.  Unfortunately, we were a little out of the way, but my daughter managed to tempt a number of down to see me!

Olivia handing out “wartime” food samples, wearing her Grandad’s belt.

She was also really proud to have found her Grandad’s wartime belt (including rat poison!) and his medic training notebook.  She went round to see a couple of the re-enactors to show them and get a bit of advice about the belt.

There was also a lovely gentleman (I’m sorry we didn’t get his name, but he came along with Iris), that talked to her about the notebook, encouraging her to transcribe it – all these little things made it a wonderful weekend for us, and we cannot thank everyone enough.

We hope that we may see you again at the International Bomber Command Centre in August.

Best Wishes, Amanda & Olivia

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Saturday at Thorpe Camp

It’s been a lovely day, chatting to people and hearing stories. A little quieter than normal, due to intermittent rain, but at least I didn’t boil!

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The eggless, fatless walnut cake was a revelation and was enjoyed by all who tried it. If the recipe was made with almond milk, it would also be vegan!

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We’ll be cooking a little tomorrow as well, with the mock fish cakes and possibly lentil and tomato sausages on offer around lunchtime.

“Menu” for Thorpe Camp

In the final stages of preparation, I have sorted out the things that I am going to make this weekend.  Please come along and have a try!

Saturday:

National Loaf – this is always on our stand
Eggless, Fatless Walnut Cake (v)
Mock Fish Cakes – these will be cooked around lunchtime

Mock Fish Cakes

Mock Fish Cakes with Mushy Peas

Eggless Mayonnaise (vegan)

Sunday:

National Loaf
Lentil & Tomato Sausages (v) – these will be cooked around lunchtime

Lentil & Tomato Sausages

Lentil & Tomato Sausages

Mock chocolate spread
Golden slices – a leftover recipe to use up the National Loaf

I hope that you will be able to come along and share your stories with us, whilst we share our food with you x

Thorpe Camp here we come!

We are well on our way to getting all things packed for this weekend!  The weather is looking a little cooler, but dry – much appreciated!

In case you are in the area for the weekend and are looking for some extra entertainment, there is an excellent period drama on at The Lion Theatre in Horncastle – just a short drive away.

“The Ghost Train” written by Arnold Ridley – yes, he of Dad’s Army fame!  Period spooky drama – well worth a visit.

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Playing tonight, Friday and Saturday @ 7.30pm – tickets available on the door or online at: Horncastle Theatre

 

Preparation for Thorpe Camp

We will be at Thorpe Camp again this year – 6th and 7th July – and are in the throes of preparing for it.

I’m still trying to decide what recipes to showcase and have come across a couple of possibilities:

Eggless, Fatless Walnut Cake

500gm flour
150gm chopped walnuts
240ml milk
200gm sugar
4 tsp baking powder
good pinch of salt

Mix the flour, sugar and walnuts together.
Add the salt and baking powder, and then the milk.
It should be slightly wetter than a normal cake batter.
Pour into a greased cake tin and leave to rise for 10 minutes.
Bake in a slow oven until risen and brown.

I will also bring along the National Loaf – and possibly re-make the Parsley Honey!

I am still looking for a couple of easy, but different things to try out.  I have had to change our caravan and so am more limited with cooking facilities – but refuse to be deterred – wartime spirit and all that!!

 

2019 – plans firming up!

We’re now booked to three 1940s events this year!  We are really excited and can’t wait to get going.  It takes a lot of planning, but is a lot of fun x

Our events so far are:

11th & 12th May – Wells at War, Wells & Walsingham Light Railway, Wells-next-the-Sea

6th & 7th July – Thorpe Camp, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincolnshire

17th & 18th August – International Bomber Command Centre 1940’s Weekend, Lincoln

We will start planning seriously in the next few weeks, as there are resources to source (and even make!) – I have to use homemade playdough for some of my exhibits, as I don’t want fresh meat or butter sitting out all weekend!  I also need to look for some novel recipes and try these out so that I can bring samples to the shows showing the resourcefulness of the housewives – think I might be trying Parsley Honey again, as it confounds people!

We have a much smaller caravan this year, which will be cosy, but I’m glad that we are back on the road and able to attend events again.

I’ll keep you up to date, as I start to look for recipes and try them out – are there any that you can recommend me to try?  Let me know!

2019 – planning already!

Since I’m now mobile again, I’m starting to make plans for next year – I will only do a few shows and try to space them out a little.

I am going to be at a little show at Wells-next-the-Sea on the 1st & 2nd June 2019, based at the Wells & Walsingham Railway.

I am also in the process for booking Thorpe Camp (local to me and a favourite!) on the 6th & 7th July 2019.

I’ll keep you updated as to other bookings, as I go along…

I will look at making my wartime loaf again, but will try a few different recipes as well for people to try on the day!

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We Happy Few

Hello again!

I have been quiet on here recently as I have been unable to take part in some events due to a change in my circumstances, which meant that I was without a towing vehicle.  I have also had to change my caravan, which will make things different in the future, but I am now back on the road and raring to go.

However, I still managed to immerse myself in something period and joined a local amateur theatre group and was lucky enough to be cast in their production of “We Happy Few” by Imogen Stubbs.

It was the first time that I’ve done anything like this since high school – too many years ago to mention! – but it was fantastic!  I’ve met another fantastic bunch of people and had a hoot along the way.

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I had some small characters to play (all in Act One) :

Caretaker
Sharon Poulet
Maureen from the Home Office
Usherette

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It was wonderful to do and kept my 1940s spirit alive and well!

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