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Celebrating VE Day at home

Plans for marches and street parties to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May may have been cancelled or postponed, but Searcys chefs have come up with some simple recipes to mark the occasion at home.

5 May 2020

Allotment salad
The Ministry Of Agriculture introduced the "Dig For Victory' campaign in October 1939, one month after the outbreak of the war. By persuading the public to transform their garden spaces into vegetable plots, the campaign aimed to replace imported food with locally grown produce.  The campaign proved to be a roaring success. By 1943, estimates suggested that home gardens were responsible for more than one million tonnes of produce. By 1945, Britain had almost 1.4 million allotments. 
Allotment salad recipe.

Corned beef and Picalilli sandwiches 
Corned beef became popular during and after World War II as rationing limited the availability of fresh meat.
Corned beef sandwiches recipe.

Milk and toffee pudding 
The original recipe is thought to have come from two Canadian Air Force officers who had lodged at a hotel in Lancashire during the Second World War.
Milk and toffee pudding recipe.