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Living under Occupation - shortages

by Guernseymuseum

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06 May 2005

We have a local dish called a ‘Bean Jar’, a very nourishing dish with meat and various vegetables, particularly beans cooked slowly for many hours in an earthenware jar. This was used a lot during the Occupation, but of course the contents were rather basic and towards the end of the period contained no meat as there was none to be had. From being a child who did not care for food, except for a few favoured items, I became, along with all other children, ever hungry and grateful for any item of food, however unpalatable. Fortunately I was small and although growing of course, I grew very slowly, whereas my friend was of adult height and big and she needed more food, as well as growing out of her clothes at an alarming rate. Her last summer dress, and one for me, was made out of the cretonne curtains of our spare room. We had to use ‘black-out’ curtains anyway so they were only decorative and could be ‘lost’ for the good cause.

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