Green, Bernice (21 of 25). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Subjects

    Caribbean cuisine; Caterers

  • Recording date

    2001-01-08, 2001-01-19, 2001-01-30, 2001-02-06, 2002-01-21, 2001-02-27, 2001-03-05, 2001-03-13

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Leicester

  • Interviewees

    Green, Bernice, 1937- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Russell, Polly (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 21: Tape 13 Side A. Started work at Skinner’s Girl’s School in 1979 and left in 1997. Left because she was ill a couple of years before her retirement. Talks about relationships at work with supervisor and gives details of leaving. Describes cooking at home and doing private catering with Rosamund Grant. Met RG through and organisation called Caribbean Links which BG cooked some food for. Describes food cooked. Describes how children discipline when young. Describes different characteristics of the three children. BG did not pressure them to follow any particular career but was anxious that they ‘kept their head above water and not get into trouble, go to prison.’ Son Barry is doing a computer science at university and daughter is a trained nurse and hairdresser. Talks about relationship with daughter. At Christmas all the family come to BG’s house and for New Year they all go to her daughter’s. Describes the way her daughter cooks. House that Len, BG and her sister bought with her sister was a large house in Hornsey. Had five lodgers in this house with a shared kitchen diner and living room. BG and her family had a smaller private kitchen. Tenants were men and women and it didn’t bother BG whether people were married or not. Moved to this house in 1965 and moved in the early 70s. Then moved to Palmer’s Green where they rented an apartment. Talks about considering emigrating to USA then buying house in Bruce Grove. Describes house. Talks about four grandchildren.

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