My Mom and my new book While the Bombs Fell has just become available on Amazon. As a result, I have World War II and its rationing and other problems firmly on my mind again. Charli’s prompt this week is “pasta” and, given where my mind is, I wondered when pasta started becoming popular in England.

A quick internet search soon revealed that during the 1950’s and 1960’s spaghetti bolognaise became a popular dinner party meal in England. It was served with wine. Prior to this, wine had been the domain of the wealthy with common people drinking beer and ale.

It is interesting to think that eating spaghetti bolognaise was considered to be quite adventurous back then, especially when you walk the isles of any supermarket nowadays, and see the huge array of pasta available, including, lasagna, vermicelli, fettuccine, linguine, fusilli and my personal favourite, penne.

Even if pasta had been a popular dish in England prior to WWII, it wouldn’t have been available during the war as flour was strictly rationed. I suppose some people may have eaten gnocchi which is made with potato.

These thoughts inspired this prompt for this week:

“Would you like some spaghetti bolognaise, Nan?”

“Absolutely not. I don’t eat that foreign food. Nasty, gloopy stuff. You can’t even pick it up on your spoon properly; it slithers right off.”

“Why don’t you just give it a try, Nan? It really is very tasty with David’s sauce.”

“No, thank you. I would rather eat English mashed potatoes. Such a versatile food. Did I ever tell you how we used it to make pastry during the war when we couldn’t get flour?”

“Yes, Nan,” said Julie with a sign. “You have told me about potato pastry many times.”

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