Split Pea & Ham Soup / Gul Ertesuppe med Skinke

A recipe for a warming, filling soup found on oxo.co.ukSplit Pea & Ham Soup / Gul Ertesuppe med SkinkeSplit Pea & Ham Soup / Gul Ertesuppe med Skinke

This recipe is English, but it might just as well have been Norwegian. I’ve eaten many a bowl of soup like this in my childhood and I stil make it ever so often. You might safely say it is one of my favourite soups – Ted

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Spicy Bacon and Potato Soup / Krydret Bacon- og Potetsupp

A hot in both meaning of the word soup recipe
found on
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Nothing is better than a hot soup with spicy flavours on
cold winter days!

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Boiled Beef with Dill Sauce / Kokt Oksekjøtt med Dillsaus

A dinner recipe with herbs found in “Alt om Urter” (All About Hebs) published by Den Norske Bokklubben in 1982
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Dill sauces both cold and hot ones are very popular in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden and can be used with most sorts of meat. Hot it is particularly delicious with lamb and cold yoghurt or sour cream based ones with any sort of shellfish.

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WWII Homity Pie / WWII Homity Pai

A pie recipe from The Second World War  found on historyextra.com
WWII Homity Pie / WWII Homity Pai

No one knows where the name for Homity Pie originates from but the dish was popular with land girls during the Second World War. As well as unrationed items, the recipe also includes rationed foods like cheese, eggs and butter – the original recipe would have used these frugally. Nowadays we don’t have to be so sparing with the cheese and butter, which only make it even tastier.

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates homity pie – a hearty, vegetarian dish popular during the Second World War.

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In Contex

The Land Girls

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was a British civilian organisation created during the First and Second World Wars so women could work in agriculture, replacing men called up to the military. Women who worked for the WLA were commonly known as Land Girls. The name Women’s Land Army was also used in the United States for an organisation formally called the Woman’s Land Army of America.

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In effect the Land Army operated to place women with farms that needed workers, the farmers being their employers.

Second World War

As the prospect of war became increasingly likely, the government wanted to increase the amount of food grown within Britain. In order to grow more food, more help was needed on the farms and so the government started the Women’s Land Army in June 1939.

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The majority of the Land Girls already lived in the countryside but more than a third came from London and the industrial cities of the north of England.

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In the Second World War, though under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, it was given an honorary head – Lady Gertrude Denman. At first it asked for volunteers. This was supplemented by conscription, so that by 1944 it had over 80,000 members. The WLA lasted until its official disbandment on 21 October 1949.

Land girls were also formed to supply New Zealand’s agriculture during the war. City girls from the age of 17 and up were sent to assist on sheep, cattle, dairy, orchard and poultry properties.

In popular culture

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Crab and Prawn Pasty / Britisk Pasty Med Krabbe Og Reker

A traditional pasty recipe with a modern twist
found on
about.com/food/
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A traditional pasty recipe will invariably contain meat but a delicious alternative is a Crab and Prawn Pasty. This pasty recipe is light yet very nutritious with such a lovely filling. Buy fresh crab meat when possible, if not, tinned white crab meat is also excellent.

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Oriental Casserole / Orientalsk Gryte

A dinner dish inspired by eastern cousines found in “Nye Mesterkokken” (The New Masterchef) published in 1974
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You can easily make this delicious casserole with pork and vegetables. The sauce is nice and spicy, and some roasted nuts – peanuts or cashews – adds the final touch to the dish.

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Dublin Bay Prawn Bisque / Dublin Bay Kremet Rekesuppe

An updated Irish classic recipe found on delish.com
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Creamy and spicy, this update on the classic Irish soup will impress any foodie and is hearty enough to be a meal in itself.

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Medieval Monday – Chicken ‘Compost’ / Kylling ‘Compost’

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In the 14th and 15th centuries, a dish with the name ‘compost’ was the term for any stewed mixture – a ‘composition’ of ingredients. This could have been meat, vegetables or fruit. The French term ‘compote’ very likely derives from the English ‘compost’.

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Chicken Soup with Leeks / Hønsesuppe med Purre

A classic soup recipe found in “Mat For Alle Årstider”
(Food For All seasons) published by Det Beste in 1977

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It is said that this Scottish soup derives from the times when cockfights were popular. The cock who lost, was used for stock along with leeks. Prunes have been added at a later date.

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Herby Stuffed Leeks / Purrer Med Urtefyll

A recipe from an advertising booklet published by
ASDA Superstore in 1976
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Crème Vichysoisse

A recipe from “A Picture Treasury Of Good Cooking – A Tested Recipe Institute Cook Book” published in 1953

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Braised Leeks / Brasert Purreløk

A recipe from “The Love Of Cooking” (Kjærligheten til Matlagning) published by by Ebury Press in 1972

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