The flavor of peas and the time required for cooking depend largely upon their freshness. Very young peas will cook tender in twenty minutes, older peas sometimes requiring an hour or more. A tea-spoonful of finely minced parsley cooked with peas imparts to them a very delicious flavor.
Sweet corn, 2 ears.
Cream, ½ cup.
Butter, size of an egg.
Put beans in pot with cold water, rather more than will cover them. Scrape the kernels from twelve ears of young sweet corn. Put the cobs in with the peas, boiling from thirty to forty-five minutes. Take out the cobs and put in the scraped corn. Boil again for fifteen minutes; then season with salt, butter and cream. Serve hot.
Tomatoes, 6. Eggs, 3. Butter. Salt.
Remove the skins from six tomatoes and cut them up in a saucepan. Add a little butter and salt. When sufficiently boiled beat up eggs, and just before you serve turn them into the saucepan with the tomatoes, and stir one way for two minutes, allowing them time to get thoroughly done.
Trim the spinach and wash in three or four waters to remove the grit. Cook in boiling water about twenty minutes, removing the scum. Do not cover the vessel while cooking. When tender, turn into a colander, drain, and press well. Chop fine, put into a saucepan with butter and salt. Set on the fire and cook till quite dry, stirring it all the time. Turn into a vegetable dish, shape, and garnish with slices of hard-boiled eggs.
Wash and cut in pieces. Cook in the steamer, that it may be as dry as possible. When done, let it stand and drain a few minutes, shaking it occasionally. Mash and season with salt, butter, and a little cream.
Cut the squash, pare, remove seeds, wash, and put into the steamer. Cook until soft, remove and mash or press through a colander. Season with salt, butter, sugar, and a little sweet cream. Beat well, and serve.
Cut into pieces of desired size, remove seeds, sprinkle with a little sugar and salt; bake until done. Serve in the shell, or it may be peeled before baking.
Peas, fresh, 2 cups (or dry, 1 cup). Butter, 1 tablespoonful. Cream or milk, 1½ cups. Flour, 1 level tablespoonful. Salt, 1 teaspoonful.
Put the peas to cook in boiling water; boil until tender, then simmer slowly, cooking as dry as possible without scorching. When soft and dry, rub through a colander to remove the hulls. Put the butter in a saucepan; when melted stir in the flour, being careful not to scorch; pour in the milk gradually, stirring all the time; and when thoroughly cooked, add the salt and the pulp of the peas. Turn all into a double boiler, heat thoroughly, and serve.