Military orders stated in April, 1915, “the scale of rations after leaving Egypt [a stopping-point en route to Gallipoli] will be:-”
· 1¼ lbs. Fresh Meat or 1 lb. (nominal) preserved meat.
· 1¼ lbs, Bread or 1 lb. Biscuit or 1 lb. Flour.
· 4 ozs. Bacon.
· 3 ozs. Cheese.
· 2 ozs. Peas, Beans or dried Potatoes.
· ⅝ ozs. Tea. ¼ lb. Jam.
· 3 ozs. Sugar.
· ½ oz. Salt, 1/20 oz. Mustard, 1/36 oz. Pepper.
· 1/10 gill Limejuice. at discretion of G.O.C. on recommendation of S.M.O
· ½ gill Rum. at discretion of G.O.C. on recommendation of S.M.O
· Tobacco not exceeding 2 ozs per week at discretion of G.O.C. on recommendation of S.M.O
There is no recipe for the day to come from these rations, so instead I give you another Aussie recipe, for the ubiquitous pumpkin this time, from nearly a decade earlier. I hope my American friends particularly enjoy this pie!
Pumpkin Pie (Australian Recipe)
Ingredients: Half-pint of pumpkin pulp,- three-quarter pint of milk, two eggs, 2oz. of sugar, mace, or nutmeg, short crust.
Method: Take a ripe pumpkin, pare off the skin, halve it, remove the seeds, and cut it into thick slices. Put it into a lined stewpan or earthenware jar with a small quantity of water, and stew gently until tender. Pass through a fine sieve, measure the pulp, add sugar, yolks of eggs, milk, and a little mace or nutmeg, and lastly the whites of eggs previously whisked to a stiff froth, Have a pie-dish ready, lined round the edges with paste; put in the preparation, cover with paste, and bake in a quick oven. Serve either hot or cold.
The Daily News (Perth, WA,) December 7, 1907