The housewife who does not live in a state of "preparedness" in these days of motorcars and aeroplanes is sure, sooner or later, to find herself in some awkward position. Also, it is no use having a store cupboard well stocked with tins and jars of soups, entrees, and other dainties, unless she can first rapidly disorganise her carefully laid plans, and then once more speedily readjust ways and means to suit the unexpected guest, or guests, suddenly thrust upon her hospitality.

Here is a domestic problem worked out:

Scene. A medium-sized house about a mile from any shop.

Staff. A plain cook and house-parlourmaid.

Original Plan. Dinner for master and mistress of the house.

Menu. Boiled whiting, maitre d'hotel sauce, cold roast veal, salad, boiled potatoes, sardine toasts.

Two unexpected hungry guests arrive.

Extra Stock in Larder. One pound of tomatoes, some streaky bacon, a bottle of cherries, a plain steamed pudding for next day's dinner, and the usual household stores of butter, flour, root vegetables, etc.

Now, although the original menu is quite excellent for a dinner en famille, it is obvious it is somewhat insufficient for two extra men, hungry ones to boot; and it is in the rearrangement of the dishes that the skill of the housewife can be displayed.

Add to the bill of fare a soup, re-warm the veal to make it more appetising and give it greater bulk. Substitute fried potatoes for the salad, and let a pudding precede the popular savoury. Thus an excellent and ample dinner is ensured,

Hot Cherry Pudding while the transformation need not be either costly or lengthy.

Hot Cherry Pudding while the transformation need not be either costly or lengthy.