Required: One dessertspoonful of prepared barley. One quart of boiling water. Lemon or sugar to taste. Mix one dessertspoonful of barley with a wineglassful of cold water into a smooth paste. Pour this into a stewpan containing one quart of boiling water, and stir it over the fire for five minutes. Flavour it with lemon or sugar, or with both, according to taste. Allow the mixture to cool, and strain the barley sediment off.
For invalids requiring nutriment a larger quantity of barley should be used. and the straining of sediment omitted, or not, as directed by the doctor.
For whole barley the quantity would be one dessertspoonful to half a pint of water, with the grated rind of half a lime and the juice of the lemon added.