Sunday, 6 December 2015

Another Recipe from Gallipoli

1st/5th Bedfords' dug out at Gallipoli (from The History of the Fifth Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (TA)) 

Monday 6th December 1915: Readers may remember a recipe from Gallipoli for biscuit and date pudding on 17th October. Today we can print another item for the Soldiers’ Cookbook, this from Lance Corporal Alfred Carr of 1st/5th Bedfords(1) who has now left the peninsula with the Battalion. He added a little flour, water and milk, no eggs (there are none in Gallipoli!) and some health salts, taking the place of baking powder.

Lance Corporal Carr learned to cook whilst in 9th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. He says that this pudding will accompany roast beef. He and his companion went so far as to think it could have been made by his mother! The two have made an oven in their dugout with a biscuit tin in the ground with a fire underneath.

Source: Bedfordshire Times 10th December 1915

(1) Sadly Acting Lance-Sergeant Alfred Carr, from Biggleswade, would be killed in action on 3rd November 1917 during the aftermath of the 3rd Battle of Gaza; he is buried in Gaza War Cemetery.

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