Required: Four ounces of pearl (or whole) barley.

Four ounces of Carolina rice.

Two heads of lettuce (or endive).

Celery, or celery tops may be substituted when in season.

Two or three sprays of parsley.

Two ounces of proteid food.

Three quarts of water. Soak the barley and rice overnight. Put them in a large saucepan with three quarts of water. Stir often for fear of burning. Bring to the boil, and then allow it to simmer gently until reduced to about one quart, then strain off. Boil the lettuce (or endive) and parsley in two quarts of water until reduced to one pint. Strain the vegetables, and mix the liquor of the vegetables with that of the barley and rice. Now add the proteid food and bring it to the boil, stirring all the time to get the powder dissolved.

This is a good drink at night, an hour before retiring.