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GNU Free Documentation LicenseRutabaga - Credit: Saucemaster

A rutabaga is a root vegetable, also known as a swede in the UK and yellow turnip in North America.  It is not a regular part of the French diet.

By 1944 everyone’s diet had got even worse. People said that the meat ration was so small it could be wrapped up in a Métro ticket... Swedes, traditionally despised and grown only for cattle fodder, became a staple in kitchens with near-empty cupboards... Afterwards the  French would say that getting them to eat swedes, let alone queue to buy them, was the greatest victory the Germans had achieved. 

From Occupation – the Ordeal of France 1940-1944 by Ian Ousby

Page 316. " The only song Charlotte could think of was ‘Alouette’ "

Public DomainSkylark - Credit: Johann Friedrich Naumann
Originally believed to be a French-Canadian song, Alouette became popular as a children’s song in European classrooms.  Bizarrely, the lyrics describe a hunter's plans to pluck the feathers from each part of a skylark's body - hence its usefulness in teaching those body parts in school.

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