Corned Beef Hash – My favourite war time recipe

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 tin of corned beef
  • 1 medium white or red onion
  • 200g cold new potatoes
  • 1tsp tomato purée or 1 tinned tomato, chopped (if desired)
  • 1 tin of baked beans to serve (alternatively use frozen peas if desired)


  • Finely chop the onion and cube the corned beef and cold potatoes. 
  • Fry the onion until soft, then add the corned beef and potatoes. 
  • Cook until corned beef softens and add the tomato is desired. 
  • Serve with either baked beans or peas. 

This is a very quick and easy recipe to which you could add many things dependent on your tastes and preferences. If you do not fancy baked beans or peas you could also try serving this with a salad or homemade coleslaw. 

Let me know if you try this recipe and any alternatives you try.

Hope you enjoy this meal as much as me. 

OOTD – Crowle and Ealand 1940s weekend

So on Saturday I went along to the first ever Crowle and Ealand 1940s weekend and this is the outfit I chose to wear. 

As usual for British weather at this time of the year it was a bit unsettled  and I wasn’t sure what to wear, so I went with a suit with the idea that I could take the jacket on and off as appropriate. 

Suit – The suit is a burgundy 1940s suit by Richard Healy Company of Worcester. 

Jumper – The blue jumper is a fine wool knit and dates to around 1940/50s. 

Shoes – The shoes are 1940s nylon mesh and suede heels.

Bag – The bag is a 1940s faux crocodile clutch with detachable strap (however the strap was long since lost when I bought it so I have done a make-do-and-mend and created a new one out of grossgain ribbon).

Accessories – These are just some simple modern pearl earrings and necklace.

So what do you think to this outfit? I thought the colours were very appropriate for the start of Autumn. 

YouTube Venture

So some of you might have already seen, but the other week I took the plunge and made my first ever YouTube video all about Autumn/ Winter Vintage Wardrobe Essentials. If you would like to go watch you can find it at: 1940s Remembered YouTube Channel

Let me know what you think and if there is any other topics you would like to see a video on. 


Butterscotch Rounds Recipe

Whilst flipping through my collection of Home Notes magazines from the 1940s a few weeks ago I was reminded of all the interesting recipes they contain and was inspired to get baking.

What I find most interesting is that most, if not all, of these recipes in the magazines dating between 1940 and 1954 would be recipes that took into account food rationing. Therefore they were often well loved pre-war recipes that were tweaked to use less rations, or ingenious new recipes that might never have been considered before WW2.

So the following recipe for Butterscotch Rounds has been taken from the January 10th 1942 (p63) edition of ‘Home Notes’ magazine.



I think these little sweet treats turned out quite well for a first attempt.


And having made them subsequently, when running a little low on brown sugar, I can say that even with 1oz of sugar used instead of 2-3 they are still very tasty.

So overall I would give these a 4/5 for taste and 3/5 for their ability to stay fresh (best eaten within 4 days).