« PreviousContinue »
set on fire. Soft water is best for boiling vege
tables; but if only hard water can be obtained, a White Coffee Cream. This is made by putting will soften it, and improve the appearance of the
very small bit of soda, or carbonate of ammonia, a quart of milk on the fire, with about six ounces of white sugar. In another vessel beat up the
vegetables. Pearlash should never be used, as it yolks of ten eggs, and pour the milk gradually imparts an unpleasant flavour, as will also soda, upon them. Roast your coffee (three or four
if not cautiously used. All vegetables (except
carrots) should be boiled by themselves, and in ounces) till it is of a very light brown colour, and gives out all its flavour; break it in a mortar,
plenty of water. Salt should be used with green
vegetables; and the water should be skimmed slightly, and add it, while hot, to your hot cus
before they are put in. Fast boiling, in an untard. Strain through a jelly-bag, pour the cream
covered saucepan, will preserve their colour. into cups, and put them to cool. Everything
When they sink they are done, and should be depends on the coffee being used whilst hot, so
taken out and drained, else they will lose their as to catch the aroma which goes off as it cools.
colour, crispness, and flavour. Green vegetables, -T. H. M.
generally, will require from twenty minutes to A German Custard-sauce for Plum, or other Sweet half an hour, fast boiling; but their age, freshBoiled Puddings.-Boil very gently together half ness, and the season in which they are grown, à pint of new milk, or of milk and cream require some variation of time. They should, mixed, a very thin strip or two of fresh lemon- almost invariably, be put on in boiling water. rind, a bit of cinnamon, and an ounce and a half | Vegetables are very nutritious and wholesome, or two ounces of sugar, until the milk is strongly when thoroughly boiled; but are very indigesflavoured; then strain, and pour it, by slow tible when not sufficiently dressed. The prindegrees, to the well-beaten yolks of three eggs, cipal points in cooking them are, to boil them so smoothly mixed with a knife end-full (about half soft as to be easy of digestion, and sufficiently to a teaspoonful) of flour, a grain or two of salt, and
get rid of any rankness, without losing their a tablespoonful of cold milk; and stir these
grateful flavour. very quickly round as the milk is added. Put the sauce again into the stew-pan, and whisk or
Seasonings for Soups.-Spices should be put stir it rapidly until it thickens and looks creamy.
whole into soups; allspice is one of the best, It must not be placed upon the fire, but should
though it is not so highly esteemed as it deserves. be held over it, when this is done. Recommended
Seville orange-juice has a finer and milder acid by J. Wilson, Edinburgh.
than lemon-juice; but both should be used, with German Sugar Cakes.- Blend well with the caution. Sweet herbs, for soups or broths, consist fingers six ounces of good butter, with a pound of knotted marjoram, thyme, and parsley,-a of fine flour, working it quite into crumbs; add sprig of each tied together. The older and drier a few grains of salt, one pound of dry sifted onions are, the stronger their flavour; in dry sugar, a tablespoonful of the best cinnamon in seasons, also, they are very strong: the quantity very fine powder, and a large teaspoonful of should be proportioned accordingly. Although spices: to these the grated rinds of three sound celery may generally be obtained for soup fresh lemons can be added, or not, at pleasure. throughout the year, it may be useful to know, Make these ingredients into a paste, with the
that dried celery-seed is an excellent substitute. yolks of five eggs, and about four tablespoonfuls It is so strongly favoured, that a drachm of whole of white wine, or with one or two more in addi.
seed will enrich half a gallon of soup as much as tion, if required, as this must be regulated by will two heads of celery. Mushrooms are much the size of the eggs: half of very thick cream and used, and when they cannot be obtained fresh, half wine, are sometimes used for them. Roll mushroom catsup will answer the purpose, but it the mixture into balls, flatten them to something should be used very sparingly, as nothing is less than three-quarters of an inch thick, and
more difficult to remove than the over-flavouring bake them in a moderate oven from fifteen to of catsup. A piece of butter, in proportion to twenty minutes. Loosen them from the baking the liquid, mixed with flour, and added to the sheets—which should be lightly floured before soup, when boiling, will enrich and thicken it. they are laid on-by passing a knife under them, Arrow-root, or the farina or flour of potato, is turn them over, and, when they are quite cold, far better for the thickening of soups than stow them in a dry, close-shutting canister. The
wheaten flour. The finer flavouring articles, as Germans make three incisions in the top of each catsup, spices, wines, juice, &c., should not be cake with the point of a knife, and lay spikes of
added till the soup is nearly done. A good prosplit almonds in them. Recommended by J.WIL- portion of wine is a gill to three pints of soup; SON, Edinburgh.
this is as much'as can be usedswithout the vinous
flavour predominating, which is never the case To dress Vegetables. - Vegetables should be
in well-made soups.
Wine should be added late fresh gathered, and washed quite clean; when in the making, as it evaporates very quickly in not recently gathered, they should be put into boiling. Be cautious of over-seasoning soups cold spring-water some time before they are with pepper, sait, spices, or herbs ; for it is a dressed. When fresh gathered, they will not fault that can seldom be remedied : any provirequire so much boiling, by a third of the time, sion over-salted is spoiled. A teaspoonful of as when they have been gathered the usual time sugar is a good addition in flavouring cups. those in our markets have. Shake the vegetables Vermicelli is added to soups in the proportion of carefully to get out the insects; and take off the a quarter of a pound for a tureen of soup for outside leaves. To restore frost-bitten vegetables, eight persons: it should be broken, then blanched lay them in cold water an hour before boiling, in cold water, and is better if stewed in broth and put a piece of saltpetre in the saucepan when before it is put into the soup.
My first is valued more than gold,
Because 't is seldom found;
With whom 't is nought but sound.
And noble is its air;
And moments of despair.
Is solace sweet and kind; blla
Happy who call the blessing theirs
But few that solace find.
6 7 Have six pieces of wood, bone, or metal, made
REBUS. of the same length as No. 6, in the above figures,
Sagacious fair ! you'll first discover and each piece of the same size as No. 7. It is
A fruit of which I am a lover; required to construct a cross, with six arms, from
A bird of prey you next must find, these pieces, and in such a manner that it shall
That soaring leaves the clouds behind; not be displaced when thrown upon the floor.
That beauteous youth, as Scriptures tell, The shaded parts of each figure represent the
Who 'gainst his father did rebel; parts that are cut out of the wood, and each piece
A flower you now must bring to view, marked a is supposed to be facing the reader,
Of rich perfume and crimson hue; while the pieces marked b are the right side of
Lastly, fair ladies, you'll combine each piece turned over towards the left, so as to
With these a sister of the Nine. face the reader. No. 7. represents the end of Join the initials, they express each piece of wood, &c., and is given to show the
A blessing Britain's sons possess; dimension.
A stranger once in Albion's isle,
Long may she cheer us with a smile!
In my first you do behold To frame enigma for the use of men;
An animal that's sometimes bold; 2. Of feeling heart, thou didst, in early year,
Reverse me, and you then will find From sacred haunts, through sorrow,
A substance that to wood is kind; appear,
Transpose me, and you'll bring to view 3. Alas! for love refined, thy lovely frame
The cause of trade and commerce too. Sustain'd a change, though changeless is thy
name! 4. Francesca, by the side of fair Lochgoil,
ANSWERS TO FAMILY PASTIME. To sketch the scenery doth gladly toil:
PAGE 89. 5. She traces thee, where hazels fringe a crag,
Sustaining rowans, guardians from the hag; PUZZLE-The five-gallon barrel was filled first, 6. She finds thee settled in the fairy dell,
and from that the three-gallon barrel, thus leavWhere tiny cliff o'erhangs a native well;
ing two gallons in the five-gallon barrel; the 7. Gentle was once thy voice, 'tis gentle yet, three gallon barrel was then emptied into the
When 't is by gentleness of accent met. eight-gallon barrel, and the two gallons poured 8. When sings Francesca in the rock-girt wood, from the five-gallon barrel into the empty threeThy silver sounds spread through the soli- gallon barrel ; the five-gallon barrel was then tude;
filled, and one gallon poured into the three-gallon 9. 'T would seem in such a scene in certain barrel, therefore leaving four gallons in the fivehours,
gallon-barrel, one gallon in the eight-gallon barThat sylphs were charm'd within their rosy rel, and three gallons in the three-gallon barrel, bowers
which was then emptied into the eight-gallon 10. But when Orlando, lunatic from love,
barrel. Thus each person had four gallons of Raved loudly, thou didst sympathise in grove. brandy in the eight and five-gallon barrels re11. Like his, thine accents grew like thunder- spectively. peals,
CONUNDRUMS-. He has a title. 2. To-day. Wherethro', 't would seem, the turret often 3. His head turns round. 4. A planter. 5. She reels;
brings repentance. 6. Plague-ague. 7. Because 12. So meek or mighty are thy veering tones, it is re-corded. 8. It makes all men into T-all Mild 'mid the bland, but dismal amid moans ! men. 9. In-an-i-mate. 10. The hateh-way. CAPTAIN JAMES RITCHIE, Edinburgh.
11. A difference, between Salop and slop. 12.
Spin, snip, nips, pins. 2.
CHARADES - 1. But-ton. 2. Vest i-bule (blue Form'd long ago, yet made to-day,
transposed.) Employ'd while others sleep, What few would ever give away,
RIDDLES-1. A fork. 2. Time. Or any wish to keep.
THE MOTHER'S MISTAKE. ton, but more frequently of Brighton,
and of such situations as 'afforded the greatest chance of meeting with old friends
and acquaintances whose immediate interIn pursuing the history of the Clifton course with London brought with them, family, we have now to imagine them as it were, a certain odour of his past life occupying a residence in one of those to cheer the drooping spirits of the in
popular places of resort on the southern valid. coast, where visitors of every description, In Mr. Clifton's case, it was really a but chiefly those of delicate or failing misfortune that he did not feel himself ill. health, are to be met with throughout the He had no pain ; he could eat and drink, winter months.
and take almost endless exercise. "It Mr. Clifton was one of these, for his was all nonsense,” he often said, " keeping health had now seriously failed. Not that him tied down to idleness, thus wasting any particular disease had assailed his the very noontide of his existence ;" and once vigorous frame, but those affections many were the attempts he made to
of the head which have already been escape back again to his office in town, described, had become so frequent and so his ledger, and his bales of goods. Indeed, severe, as to render an entire cessation he had so long persisted in struggling, of his accustomed occupations absolutely after his own fashion, to ward off the necessary. Under these circumstances attacks to which he had become subject, the villa was let to other occupants, and that the most alarming consequences were the family, in the meantime, were making apprehended by his family ; and after conexperiments, sometimes of inland places, i sulting some of the most eminent physisuch as Tonbridge-wells and Leaming- / cians, it was decided upon that none
but the most determined measures would | than want of principle, which robs them be prudent to adopt in so critical a of their merit with the world.
Robert Clifton, happily for him, was It was well for Robert Clifton, and well so constituted and so self - disciplined, indeed for his family, that, under these that passion had seldom exercised this circumstances, he was able to call into dominion over his better feelings. His exercise all that manly resolution and that was one of those beautifully, but rarely high sense of duty, which formed the disproportioned characters, in which strong tinguishing features of his character. feeling exists under the power of selfRobert was not so sublime in either of command. 'It would be depriving him of these characteristics, but that he could, i half his merit, did we say that he never and did, remember himself amongst other once thought of himself amongst all the members of his family. Often and often, noble efforts which he was called upon to did the old feeling come over him-“Oh, | make for others; for Robert did think that I was away from these black walls! very often and very painfully about himaway,* and at liberty to follow out the self. There can be no doubt, but, at original tendency of my mind and cha- times, he considered himself very ill-used racter."
And often, it must be confessed, by Fortune-he might even, in the depths did the illness and incapability of his of his soul, -say Providence, instead of father, fall upon his heart with double Fortune, sometimes; for there was stout weight, because it bound him down with rebellion there, and many battles had to be greater necessity to the mental slavery fought and fought again, as his position which he was daily and hourly enduring. in life became in no respect more agree
Nor should we think the worse of able to him. Indeed the separation from Robert for this. As that boldness is not his family, added to other circumstances, real courage which has no consciousness rendered it much more difficult than at of danger; so that performance of duty first to endure with equanimity of mind. is far from being magnanimous which Amongst other things which Robert, includes no self-denial, no pining of the with his manly spirit felt severely, was heart after what it would prefer to obtain this,-he was but a junior in his father's possession of, at any cost, except the loss office ; and with all the weight of responsiof honour, or the sense of right. It is bility weighing on his mind, his youth those who feel strongly, to whom self- and inexperience still bound him down to sacrifice is indeed a trial; for wherever inferior and subordinate position. there exists strong feeling, it will be found Beyond this, the business, altogether, was in a strong character, and to such self less prosperous than formerly. His and self-love are words of no light sig- father had known this, and in order to meet nificance. We cannot help fancying, the changing tide, had ventured on some sometimes, that a little too much merit rather desperate speculations, the unis assigned to the virtue of silent suffer- certainty of which had secretly preyed ing. Unquestionably there are cases in upon his mind, and no doubt greatly which to break this silence would be as increased the malady under which he was mean-spirited in the sufferer, as it would suffering. These speculations had not evince a culpable neglect of the feelings been successful; but still they were not of others. But if all suffering was silent, ruinous; and, failing in his object, Mr. the selfish, the cruel, and the mean, would Clifton still thought himself fortunate to then be even worse than they are, revel- escape the opposite extreme of absolute ling without restraint in their ill-gotten failure. and unfair enjoyments. There is a deli- Thus it was in all respects rather a heavy cate line for the strong and the noble- yoke to which the young man of business minded to observe between the two ex- succeeded; and he felt it the more because tremes of excessive murmuring, on the he had now no pleasant picturesque home one hand, and a paltry and abject endur- to return to; no lovely garden for his ance on the other. Passion, in the strong, Sundays in summer; no library window is perpetually overleaping this line, and opening out amongst the flowering shrubs; thus it is passion, far more frequently no sweet sisters to welcome his return,
and beguile him of his heavy thoughts. daughter " she began, but suddenly His domestic life was now confined to stopped. “The piano,” she went on to dark dingy lodgings near the city. Robert say, “is not very near; but you might cared not much where they were, if only hear it sometimes, and some gentlemen cleanliness and quiet could be ensured; have a great objection to a piano." and these two requisites were difficult to “Close at one's ear, and continually find. He wanted no style or show, for strummed without tune or time,” said who had he to share, or to enjoy, either Robert, “I do confess-" with him ? and alone there were few of the But the lady had drawn herself up much embellishments of life which he valued at higher than before, and a second time their cost. Neither had he learned so far forgot herself so far as to commence withto relish the society of other young men, “ My daughter.” A second time, however, as to put himself to much expense or she stopped and changed the subject by trouble on that account. All his leisure saying, “ I was also to ask-or rather it moments were devoted to his favourite is important to me as a lady to know studies. His sitting-room looked often like whether my household would be likely to a workshop ; and since he had no one to be disturbed by late hours, much of the be domestic with, he appeared as if he company of other young gentlemen, or cared not for being personally comfortable. anything of that kind ?”
After making trial of many lodgings, “A very proper question,” said Robert, and failing in the two requisites already and very wisely suggested. I think I can mentioned, Robert was about to give the answer it, however, as satisfactorily as most matter up in despair ; for to him unsettle- young men of my time of life. Indeed, mentwas almost as great an evil as unclean though young in years, I am rather old liness; when he happened, as it seemed and grave in my habits, and shall much to him by a most lucky chance, to look more frequently be found engaged with into the apartments of a widow lady, whose workmen's tools, than giving wine parties.” general appearance was that of the highest “I beg your pardon,” said the lady ; l'espectability, and even nicety in dress “ but if that be the case, I should scarcely and manner; whose house, too, on the think these are the apartments for you.” very first entrance, looked inviting and “ You mean,” said Robert, laughing homeish, as if an agreeable family, as well good-naturedly, “that I am scarcely an as a genteel one, might long have lived occupant suited to your apartments. Don't there.
put yourself in any fright about that, On looking at these apartments, and however. I am not an artizan by trade, enquiring about the terms, and other busi- only I like to do a little work with my ness matters, Robert thought he observed hands now and then; but I have a proin the lady a trembling kind of vaccilla- found respect for all the decencies of life ; tion between a somewhat unnecessary so pray don't reject my application on assumption of personal dignity, and an
that account." anxious fear
lest the accommodation There was something so strange and offered should not prove satisfactory. But unusual in this style of address from a while he and the lady went through these young gentleman inspecting apartments negotiations, not, it must be confessed, in with a view to making them his home, the most business-like manner, a servant
that the lady looked completely puzzled. entered the room, and, walking directly and begged to withdraw for a moment “ to up to the lady, placed a slip of paper in consult”-she had begun to say, but corher hand, and retired without speaking. rected herself and said" to consider the
“Oh!” said the lady, looking at the subject in connection with a friend who paper, and as if suddenly reminded again resided with her.” of an important part of her business ; "I Robert willingly granted this permiswas to ask-or rather I do ask-if you have sion, and the lady retired for a longer time any particular objection to music ?" than he had anticipated. Not being in
"Music! Oh dear no,” said Robert ; | the habit of spending much thought upon "if only it is good.”
such matters as his lodgings, wherever The lady drew herself up. “ My they might be, he grew rather impatient