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Napoleon said 'An army marches on its stomach' and in Food Fit For Heroes Dylan Winter challenges the Royal Navy, The Royal Airforce and the Army to recreate a meal that would have been served to the sailors under Sir Francis Drake, the pilots of The Battle of Britain and to the soldiers who beat Napoleon at Waterloo.

"Here is the deal Dylan - you get to eat three meals from history. Now for the downside. They are going to be recreated by military chefs".

"Aaaaaargh!"

I know all about institution food. I went to a state run boarding school where the peas were hard, the mash was lumpy and the sausages were both gritty and flaccid.

The idea of making programmes about the history of military food seemed like a good one - but not if you enjoy eating.

The initial research was anything but encouraging. In a few short days cruising the far reaches of the web I unearthed the following alarming pieces of information:


English Ships and The Spanish Armada, August 1588

The Navy v The Spanish Armada - 1588.

Prince Philip of Spain assembled an army of 30,000 men. He loaded it onto a fleet of 130 ships - many of which were hastily converted grain carriers. It was a pretty desperate attempt to invade Britain in the name of God and the Pope.

Listen Now The sea trembled with the weight...


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DYLAN WINTER
Dylan Winter, who aspires towards fatness, has been kicking around Radio 4 for a couple of decades.

He started as a presenter on Farming Today where he was the first person ever to say the words "Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy" on the radio.

He has also done his time on Womans Hour, You and Yours, the Food Programme, Costing the Earth and the Hack series - made with the assistance of his horse Molly.
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You can hear Food Fit For Heroes over the next three Saturday afternoons from 26 May to 9 June at 3.30pm.

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Thick Pea Potage
Mutton In Ale
Pears In Syrup

Armada picture © National Maritime Museum, London
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