legend of The "Lemon Rind" Find.
The introduction of sweet rationing during
the war was a major trauma in the lives of children of my age (8)
who could just remember the "good old days" of sweets, chocolate,
ice-cream and Easter eggs, only to have them snatched from our grasp
in the prime of our childhood. I remember our desperate attempts
to make ice-cream mixing a bowl of National Dried Milk with saccharine
and water mixed to a gooey paste which was then placed outside in
the frost during winter in the hope it would miraculously turn into
ice-cream overnight. This attempt failed miserably as it tasted
like a sawdust ice-lolly!
to make chocolate using a mixture of dried milk, saccharine and
cocoa resulted in a taste of sickly flour, which stuck to our tongues
and throats like glue.
My greatest and most memorable find in
my quest for a sweet substitute was during 1943 when I found in
the street a piece of dried lemon rind. I had not seen a lemon for
years (I remember seeing mother squeezing them on a pancake before
the war) I took this home, washed and re-dried it, and carried this
around in a paper bag. I found that if I broke off a small piece
and sucked it long enough the flavour of lemon would eventually
What bliss! That bag of lemon rind lasted
almost a week.
By T. Cartwright