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How To Make a WWII Woolton Pie

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Lord Woolton, Minister of Food from 1940-1943, was one of the more high-profile and well-loved members of the wartime cabinet. The Ministry of Food produced lots of advice for the housewife, much of it in the form of leaflets and recipes on how to manage on rationing coupons – this one was named after the Minister.
What you'll need: 
1 lb diced seasonal vegetables
3-4 sliced spring onions
1 tsp vegetable extract
1 tbsp oatmeal
Chopped parsley
Potato crust
Place the ingredients in a pan and cook all together for 10 minutes with just enough water to cover. Stir occasionally to prevent the mixture from sticking. Allow to cool.
Put into a pie dish, sprinkle with chopped parsley and cover with a crust of potato. Sieve 4 oz plain flour and ½ tsp salt intro a large bowl and add 2 oz chilled butter. Using the tips of the fingers rub the fat into the flour until it forms breadcrumbs. Add sieved mash made from 8 oz potatoes with ¼ tsp grated nutmeg and 1 tbsp chopped chives. Mix together by hand and form into a ball. Roll out and use as a pastry crust for the pie.
Bake in a moderate oven until the pastry is nicely browned and serve hot with brown gravy.
A cheap and cheerful meal to provide for a WWII theme party, re-enactment group, or as a surprise for an elderly relative who lived through the war years – perhaps as part of a birthday meal, complete with wartime songs and a rhubarb bread pudding (see How To Make a WWII Rhubarb and Bread Pudding).


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