School: Colehill (C.), Mullingar (roll number 14673)

Location:
Colehill, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Kathleen Morris

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Food in the Olden Times

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0750, Page 259

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In olden times potatoes were the principal food used; oaten bread and oaten stirabout were used also. But in small farms the oates crop often had to go towards paying the rent, so in that case the family lived on potatoes. The first thing in the morning the pot of potatoes were cooked and teemed out on a basket on the centre of the floor. All the family sat around the basket and peeled the potatoes with their fingers. It was thought a waste to peel them with knives, each one had a noggin of buttermilk. For dinner and supper they had the same class of meals. On well-to-do farms they usually cured their own bacon, they would have bacon and cabbage with potatoes for the dinner and stirabout and milk for the breakfast and supper. On a small farm where two cows

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Collector
Mary J. Mc Guire
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Lisnacreevy, Co. Longford
Informant
Mrs Mc Guire
Relation
parent
Gender
female
Address
Lisnacreevy, Co. Longford
Language
English