Jolly Olly Quiz Night, 8th May

Here is the link for Jolly Olly’s Virtual Quiz Night on Friday 8th May at 7.30pm.

As many of you will realise, our  Quiz Night, on 8th May, will coincide with the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day and we plan to reflect this in our evening of fun together. Two of our question rounds will link to WW2 and we will be dressed in red white and blue for the occasion. It would be great if you could join us in dressing up or decorating with flags or bunting!

During our Quiz Nights at Jolly Olly’s we always have a break for our customers to enjoy a half time sharing platter.  Sadly, I can’t offer this service this time! Were we to be holding the event under normal circumstances I would have been giving the platters a VE celebration twist! I do, however, have some VE themed ideas for tasty snacks and drinks that you might like to try making for yourselves so that you have plenty to drink and nibble while you quiz your way through the evening. You could try; ginger beer or homemade lemonade to drink and there are  some great recipes listed on the The 1940’s Experiment website. This is a site developed by Carolyn Ekins who attempted a year living on 100% wartime rations in 2012.

The recipes include; rock buns, cheese whirls, glory buns and many more.  My favourite recipe is for bare cupboard cake, which could only have been made by saving up a few weeks of rations, but it is a celebration, after all, so I might have a go at that one!

Recipe for Bare Cupboard Cake


200g caster sugar
2 tablespoons margarine or oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
175g raisins, currants or sultanas
350ml water
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Lightly grease one 7 or 8 inch cake tin.
In a saucepan over medium high heat combine: the sugar, margarine or oil, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, salt, raisins and water. Bring to the boil and continue to simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture. Stir until just combined. Tip mixture into prepared tin.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30-40 minutes until skewer comes away clean from middle.