We didn't eat like we eat nowadays. We didn't have two cooked
meals a day, things that we do nowadays, that was unheard of. We ate in the
middle of the day with shepherd's pie with cabbage and all the rest of it we
would have bread and butter, tomato, cake, tea-- something like that, perhaps a
bit of toast. We certainly didn't have two cooked meals a day. I think that is
why we have good teeth now - we are quite healthy beings. So because of the
wartime and even after the wartime everything was rationed, so you didn't have
lots and lots of bacon and fatty stuff. If you had a piece of bacon in those
days you had it for lunch because you couldn't waste it on breakfast.
Everything was very basic that I cooked with. I think the range, give people
medals for actually cooking on these old ranges. Either the fire needs banking
up or its too hot or something burns.
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a very wet place anyway. Getting things dry, getting enough food. The feeling
that I remember is that people were hungry and wanted to be fed. There were no
such things as niceties, a little strip of lemon peel on top or anything like
that to make it look nice. It was big rice puddings, big shepherd's pies, loads
of cabbage. Cabbage grows like weeds in Cornwall so we were all right there. We
had loads of cabbage. I like cabbage anyway, so did my sisters, so we had very
good, I suppose you'd say vegetables were very, very good but they were just
basic. They were just basic steamed or boiled on the stove, this awful stove
with brass knobs.