This was named after
Lord Woolton’s ‘Potato Plan’ urged people to grow potatoes instead of relying on imported grain; potatoes had to ‘go into action on the Food Front … you can save shipping by eating potatoes instead of bread. The potatoes are here; they are a healthy food. Let your patriotism direct your appetite.’
A food columnist in a wartime issue of Woman magazine wrote: ‘What a joy it is to concoct a delicious little meal knowing that it has not made the smallest inroad on your rations!’ Even Christmas cakes included the ubiquitous potato (grated raw). A dish known as Portable Potato Piglets (baked potatoes stuffed with a tiny amount of sausage meat) attained some popularity, but perhaps this has less appeal to contemporary palates.
A proposal for using potato judiciously came in the form of a suggestion that margarine for sandwiches ‘could be extended by melting it and mixing it with an equal quantity of mashed potato’. Let us say no more about that.
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