Station: [22] Storage, nutrition and cooking

“Ordinary people’s food really isn’t particularly nice – but what to do? They have to eat what they can; mostly oat or barley mash. Whenever there is bread, it’s mainly dark rye bread, sometimes accompanied by lard, onions or cheese. As for cooking, it is mainly vegetables, pork or beef are only served on holidays – other than that meat is a prerogative of the rich. Meals are usually twice or thrice a day. Breakfast is frequently missed; instead the craftsmen on the building site and the workers in the fields have a light meal around midday. The main meal is dinner with all the family. The cooking is done on an open flame and because simple houses don’t have chimneys, the living area usually fills with smoke...”