Though English-grown new potatoes are probably very high in price, foreign ones are quite reasonable, and, when carefully boiled with a sprig of mint, are very good. The chief objection to them is they are frequently very difficult to scrape. If that is the case, scrub them well, and boil them in their skins in boiling salted water with mint in it; then, when they are tender, quickly scrape off the skins. Toss the potatoes in a pan over the fire with a good lump of butter and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

If, however, the potatoes scrape easily, wash and scrape them. Put them in a pan with plenty of fast-boiling salted water with a sprig or two of mint in it. Cook them steadily until they are tender, drain off the water, dry the potatoes by shaking the pan over the fire. Add a lump of butter and a dust of salt and pepper. Serve in a hot dish.