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FROM 1830 - 1860 > FOOD & COOKING
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  Making Pancakes
More prosperous farmers had a more vivid diet, as eggs, butter and milk were available. On special occasions they ate appropriate food. ...
  Wooden Noggin
These wooden noggins with the distinctive side handle were still widely used in rural kitchens to keep water or milk.
  Water Cart
In towns milk and even water had to be bought from carts. The painting shows a water cart making its way through the Belfast streets.
The most important piece of kitchen furniture in every small farmer’s house was the three-legged skillet – an iron pot in which the ...
  Funeral at Skibbereen
The lack of food during the Famine meant that the death rate soared. Funerals were an everyday sight. This one took place in Skibbereen, ...
  Diet in Belfast Workhouse
Below is the Belfast Workhouse diet. Breakfast – 6 ozs oatmeal and 2/3 pint of buttermilk. Dinner – 2lbs potatoes and 2/3 pint of ...
  Edible seaweed
For those living near the coast, fish was a vital source of food during the Famine. Yet for much of the year fishing was impossible and ...
  Sale of Indian Corn
When the blight struck, the government brought in maize (Indian corn) from America. However, it was not given out to the starving but ...
  Fresh Fish
Fish was an essential food around the coast. Mackerel were readily available and to dry the fish many rural dwellers spread the mackerel ...
  Soup Kitchen
Soup kitchens were set up to provide Famine relief. This illustration shows Quakers, the charitable organisation, running a soup kitchen ...

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