Make porridge as above, remove from the fire and! stir in quickly the stiffly beaten white of an egg. Very nice.
1 tablespoonful of Indian meal and 1 of wheat flour, rubbed smooth in a little cold milk or water. Pour into 1 quart of boiling milk. Boil ten minutes, season to the taste with butter and salt. Very soothing for a cold.
Tie a teacupful of flour closely in a cotton cloth. Boil six hours. When cool untie and let it dry in a moderate oven. If the outer part remains soft remove carefully. When wanted for use grate 2 tablespoonfuls of it and rub smooth with a little cold milk. Stir it into 1 pint of boiling milk, cook five minutes, season with salt and sugar to taste. Very good for children and infants in summer diseases; also for older invalids.
Mix 2 tablespoonfuls fine fresh oatmeal with a pinch of salt and a little cold milk. Pour into it gradually ½ pint more milk. Set over the fire in an earthen dish or a lined saucepan and stir without intermission. When it boils pour in½ cupful more milk and boil twenty minutes. Serve plain or, if approved, with a seasoning of loaf sugar and nutmeg or cinnamon.
Gruel is a soothing remedy for a bad cold.
2 cupfuls Irish or Scotch oatmeal, 2 quarts of water, 1 teaspoonful salt. Let the oatmeal soak over night in half the water, rub through a sieve, add the rest of the water with a pinch of salt, boil until it thickens. Let cool to a jelly. Serve with a little powdered sugar. Cream may be added if permitted.
Mix 2 tablespoonfuls ground rice, smooth with -cold water, stir it into 1 pint of boiling milk, boil until thick as good cream, season with a very little butter and salt. Sugar and nutmeg may be used according to taste. Serve hot.
Make same as Rice Gruel, taking 1 ounce to 1 pint of milk, together with 1 teaspoonful sugar and a pinch of salt.
Wet 2 heaping teaspoonfuls of Bermuda arrowroot, stir into 1 cupful of boiling water in which 2 teaspoonfuls white sugar have been dissolved. If bits of lemon peel have been boiled in the water before hand it is an improvement. Stir until clear, boiling steadily. Wet a cup in cold water and pour in the jelly to stiffen. Serve cold with sugar and cream if the state of the patient permit; otherwise, serve plain. Milk may be used instead of water, to the great improvement of the dish. Boil the jelly until it thickens well.
Make same as above, using milk instead of water, and taking 1 additional teaspoonful of arrow-root. Delicious. Flavor to suit.
Soak 2 ounces of tapioca five hours, or over night in ½ pint of cold water, put over the fire with another ½ pint of cold water, and when quite thick add ½ tumbler of boiling Water boil until the pieces look perfectly clear, then add 2 tablespoonfuls sugar and flavor (if the physician recommend) with 2 tablespoonfuls of wine, or 2 teaspoonfuls of brandy; otherwise, use lemon, boiling the peel of a lemon in the tapioca and removing; add a few drops of the juice. Lemon extract may be used instead. Pour in molds and set on ice or in a pan of cold water. Serve with cream and sugar, if the state of the patient will permit, otherwise plain.