It's time to release your inner chef and get creative!

Plans for marches and street parties to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May may have been cancelled or postponed, but chefs at Searcys have come up with some simple recipes to mark the occasion at home. Searcys are delighted to present:

Allotment salad - The Ministry Of Agriculture introduced the “Dig For Victory” campaign in October 1939, one month after the outbreak of the war.

Allotment salad

By persuading the public to transform their garden spaces into vegetable plots, the campaign aimed to replace imported food with locally grown produce. The campaign proved to be a roaring success. By 1943, estimates suggested that home gardens were responsible for more than one million tonnes of produce. By 1945, Britain had almost 1.4 million allotments.

Corned beef and Picalilli sandwiches - Cornered beef became popular during and after World War II as rationing limited the availability of fresh meat.

Corned beef and Picalilli sandwiches

Milk and toffee pudding - The original recipe is thought to have come from two Canadian Air Force officers who had lodged at a hotel in Lancashire during the Second World War.

Milk and toffee pudding

Recipes to enjoy at home

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