Episode 8: Medicinal Food


This was the last of the episodes of the first season of Feeding Under Fire and it remains one of my favourites because it was just so interesting to make.  Medical food was what made me make the series in the first place, and it was great to have the support of Dr Emma Newlands in the making of this video.  The onion porridge was yummy.  Try it yourself.


• 1 Large Onion – Chopped into Four

• 1 tsp. of salt

• 1 tsp. of pepper

• 1 ‘pat’ of butter

• 1 tbsp of cornflour

• 1 pint of water

Preparation and cooking Mix all the ingredients into a medium pan Cook for 30 minutes on a medium heat Add in the cornflour as it cooks and stir Reheat and eat before bed (to cure your cold)


Makin the Rice Water


• 3 oz of washed rice

• 2 oz of sugar

• 1 oz of raisins

• 1 ltr of water


• Mix all the ingredients into a medium pan • Cook for 30 minutes on a medium heat • Strain and drink the water


References: Anon, Manual of Military Cooking and Dietary, Mobilisation, 1915 (London, HM Stationery Officer, 1915). Anon, Manual of Military Cooking, Prepared at the Army School of Cookery (London, (London, HM Stationery Officer, 1910). C. E. Francatell, Cook’s Guide and Housekeeper’s & Butler’s Assistant (London: Richard Bentley, 1868), p.53. Coutland and Jeffries, Oh it’s a Lovely War (1930), accessed 03/01/2017 from http://archive.org/details/CourtlandA… G. Russel Elder, From Geordie Land to No Man’s Land (Bloomington, 2011),p.73. IWM, 2614, Private Papers of P.G Copson. IWM, 11625 Private Papers of W. Fowler, Diary Entry Sun 18th 1915, IWM, 11905, Private Papers of F. Phillipson, Soldiers Diary. IWM, 1481, Private Papers of W M Floyd, Diary Entry, December 1914. J. Brophy, and P. Partridge, The Long Trail, Soldiers Songs and Slang 1914-1918 (London, 1969). J.M. Fothergill, Food for the Invalid: The Convalescent, the Dyspeptic, and the Gouty (Philadelphia: MacMillan, 1880), p.32. The War Office, The British Army Cook Book 1914 Reprint, (Gloucestershire, 2014).

Additional reading: A. Robertshaw, Feeding Tommy, Battlefield Recipes from the First World War, (Gloucestershire, 2013) R. Duffett. The Stomach for Fighting: Food and the Soldiers of the Great War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). D. Winter, Death’s Men: Soldiers of The Great War (London, 2014).

Additional Images sourced from: http://www.ww1propaganda.com/ww1-post… http://www.1914-1918.net/ramc.htm http://www.1914-1918.net/fieldambulan… http://bowshrine.com/black-and-white-… http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war… http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/soldie… https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi… http://www.qaranc.co.uk/hospitalships… https://www.worldwar1postcards.com/th… http://www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk/stor… – All rights reserved under Educational non-for profit sharing – accessed 08/10/2017

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