One of the major adjustments for Canadian soldiers training in Britain was to British army food. Unused to herring for breakfast and fatty mutton stew for supper, many of the soldiers refused to eat at first. Some even became ill on this new diet. Eventually, compromises were made. Canadian cooks worked with the available food to make it more compatible with the stomachs of Canadian soldiers and the soldiers learned to eat the food that was available, even though they may not have liked it.
For Canadian soldiers in the field, food was a constant item of interest. When the soldiers were unable to eat hot cooked food at a field kitchen they were forced to rely on compo rations. These were bulk packages of food measured to feed a total of ten men for one day. Four different types of compo rations provided breakfast, a main meal, tea, snacks and smaller items. The main meal of the day included corned beef, stewed steak, steak and kidney pudding and meat and vegetables.