Amongst various preparations of maize, or Indian corn, Hominy takes a useful place as a medicinal nutriment. It is the maize broken or split into a preparation of high nutritive value, containing eight per cent of proteid, and seventy-eight per cent of carbohydrates. Maize, though not used largely in this country, is literally the "staff of life" in Mexico, and Natal. It is fully as nourishing as wheat in all its parts, except as to its mineral ingredients, whilst richer in fat than any cereal besides oats. The johnny (journey) cakes of North America are made of maize-meal unleavened. This cereal is readily digested in the human body, but its corn flour is little more than starch, because the proteid and fat have been washed away by alkaline solutions. Per contra, the maize itself as Hominy is highly supporting for brain workers, for persons whose daily avocations demand a considerable amount of physical exertion, and for sufferers from general dyspepsia. To dress this as a vegetable, soak the grains for several hours in cold water sufficient to cover them, then strain off the liquid.

Empty the meal into a saucepan containing plenty of fast-boiling water, to which some salt (in the proportion of one and a half dessertspoonfuls to each half gallon) has been added, and cook it for from three and a half to four hours. with an occasional stir, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan, and getting burnt. Drain carefully, and stir in a small piece of fresh butter about the size of a walnut; pepper slightly, and send to table very hot in a well-heated dish. Hominy porridge may be made also with the meal, first soaked as directed above, to be eaten with milk, and sugar, golden syrup, or salt.