Long ago the people were out working at 5'o'clock in the morning, but they ate no meal before their work.
The cows were brought in in the yard at 6'o'clock, and the people ate their breakfast after milking the cows.
They worked then until 12 o'clock, when they went in to their dinner which consisted of porridge, and milk, or potatoes, and milk.
The ate potatoes at every meal.
At 7 or 8 o'clock they ate their supper which consisted of the same diet, and they sat around the fire talking about the work of the day, and telling stores.
They drank whey and ate curds too, and they liked this very much, because they believed it was healthy food.
Oaten bread was made, and they ground their own oats between two big stones called a quern. The oaten meal was mixed with water, and a griddle was then put on the fire.
- Mrs de Lacey
- Kilmeadan, Co. Waterford