Do not rest content with cooking the meal perfectly, but serve it as attractively possible. Use a light tray or bed-table, one of wicker is very good. Let all the silver. glass, etc., be as bright as rubbing will make them, and provide small, light glasses. spoons, cruet, and so forth. Massive silver is very desirable, but not when wrists and hands are weak from illness.

Note that the tray-cloth is spotlessly clean, or an excellent plan is to use the pretty Japanese paper varieties. A fresh one can be put on each day - they make a change for the patient, save washing, and for infectious cases are invaluable.

Do not forget a small vase of not too strongly scented flowers; either use a vase so shaped that it cannot be easily overthrown, or else fix the blooms in damp silver-sand instead of water, which is an excellent plan.

Following will be found suggested menus for two complete dinners for convalescents. Of course, any one item might be served if desired, but bear in mind the quantities given must be smaller than those actually cooked. Proportions cannot be reduced below a certain amount, but that does not necessitate serving the whole.

Menu I

Chicken Broth

Baked Fillet of Sole

Steamed Custard


Menu II

Beef-tea with Vermicelli

Minced Chicken

Port Wine Jelly

Lemon Barley Water