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Living under occupation - Sunday dinner

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06 May 2005

Our Sunday dinner was always cooked in a special way. We used the old Guernsey oven at the Hougue du Pommier. We’d take a big dish down there and Mr Le Noury would cook for the whole neighbourhood. He had to cut and put the gorse into the oven, he’d do it the old way, and then everybody would take their dinner down and he was paid a small amount for doing it. On the way back from church you’d pick it up, wrapped in some tea towels or whatever and take it home and eat your dinner, so we could have a proper cooked dinner. But the rest of the time my mother would start it off on this little bogey, and then we had a hay box and it would finish cooking in the hay box, in saucepans. We had a box for years, it only got thrown away not long ago. It was an old carpenters tool box, it was all stuffed with straw, its amazing how well stuff cooked and kept in there.

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