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The Healthy Life Cook Book


Florence Daniel

Second Edition








This little book has been compiled by special and repeated request.
Otherwise, I should have hesitated to add to the already existing number
of vegetarian cookery books. It is not addressed to the professional cook,
but to those who find themselves, as I did, confronted with the necessity
of manufacturing economical vegetarian dishes without any previous
experience of cooking. An experienced cook will doubtless find many of the
detailed instructions superfluous.

The original idea was to compile a cookery book for those vegetarians who
are non-users of milk and eggs. But as this would have curtailed the
book's usefulness, especially to vegetarian beginners, the project was
abandoned. At the same time, non-users of milk and eggs will find that
their interests have been especially considered in very many of the

All the recipes have been well tested. Many of them I evolved myself after
repeated experiments. Others I obtained from friends. But all of them are
used in my own little household. So that if any reader experiences
difficulty in obtaining the expected results, if she will write to me, at
3, Tudor Street, London, E.C., and enclose a stamped envelope for reply, I
shall be glad to give any assistance in my power.

I desire to record my gratitude here to the friends who have sent me
recipes; to the graduate of the Victoria School of Cookery, who assisted
me with much good advice; to Cassell's large Dictionary of Cookery, from
which I gathered many useful hints; to the _Herald of Health_, which first
published recipes for the Agar-agar Jellies and Wallace Cheese; and to E.
and B. May's Cookery Book, from whence emanates the idea of jam without
sugar. Lastly, I would thank Mrs. Hume, of "Loughtonhurst," Bournemouth,
with whom I have spent several pleasant holidays, and who kindly placed
her menus at my disposal.


Preface to Second Edition

This little cookery book was originally published for that "straiter" sect
of food-reformers who abstain from the use of salt, yeast, etc. But, owing
to repeated requests from ordinary vegetarians, who find the book useful,
I am now including recipes for yeast bread, cheese dishes, nutmeat dishes,
etc. I have put all these in the chapter entitled "Extra Recipes." To go
to the opposite extreme there is a short chapter for "unfired feeders."
Other new recipes have also been added.

The note _re_ Salads has been borrowed from E.J. Saxon, and the Vegetable
Stew in Casserole Cookery from R. & M. Goring, in _The Healthy Life_.


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Bound in Art Vellum. 1 s. net each._

1. THE LEAGUE AGAINST HEALTH. By Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D.

2. FOOD REMEDIES. By Florence Daniel.

3. INSTEAD OF DRUGS. By Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D.

4. THE HEALTHY LIFE COOK BOOK. By Florence Daniel.

5. NATURE VERSUS MEDICINE. By Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D.

6. DISTILLED WATER. By Florence Daniel.

7. CONSUMPTION DOOMED. By Dr. Paul Carton.

8. NO PLANT DISEASE. By Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D.




12. UNFIRED FOOD IN PRACTICE. By Stanley Gibbon.

13. THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR. By Dr. H. Valentine Knaggs.

14. HOW THE MIND HEALS AND WHY. By Florence Daniel.

15. OSTEOPATHY. By Florence Daniel.



18. WHAT TO EAT AND HOW MUCH. By Florence Daniel.

_Nos. 14, 15 and 18 are in preparation_.

LONDON: C. W. DANIEL, LTD., Graham House, Tudor Street, E.C.

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1-1/4 lb. fine wholemeal flour to 3/4 pint water.

Put the meal into a basin, add the water gradually, and mix with a clean,
cool hand. (Bread, pastry, etc., mixed with a spoon, especially of metal,
will not be so light as that mixed with a light cool hand.) Knead lightly
for 20 minutes. (A little more flour may be required while kneading, as
some brands of meal do not absorb so much water as others, but do not add
more than is absolutely necessary to prevent the fingers sticking.) Put
the dough on to a floured board and divide into four round loaves. Prick
with a fork on top.

The colder the water used, the lighter the bread, and if the mixing be
done by an open window so much the better, for unfermented bread is
air-raised. Distilled or clean boiled rain-water makes the lightest bread.
But it should be poured backwards and forwards from one jug to another
several times, in order to aerate it.

_Another method_ of mixing is the following:--Put the water into the basin
first and stir the meal quickly into it with a spatula or wooden spoon.
When it gets too stiff to be stirred, add the rest of the meal. Knead for
two minutes, and shape into loaves as above.

BAKING.--Bake on the bare oven shelf, floored. If possible have a few
holes bored in the shelf. This is not absolutely necessary, but any tinker
or ironmonger will perforate your shelf for a few pence. Better still are
wire shelves, like sieves. (This does not apply to gas ovens.)

Start with a hot oven, but not too hot. To test, sprinkle a teaspoonful of
flour in a patty pan, and put in the oven for five minutes. At the end of
that time, if the flour is a light golden-brown colour, the oven is right.
Now put in the bread and keep the heat of the oven well up for half an
hour. At the end of this time turn the loaves. Now bake for another hour,
but do not make up the fire again. Let the oven get slightly cooler. The
same result may perhaps be obtained by moving to a cooler shelf. It all
depends on the oven. But always start with a hot oven, and after the first
half hour let the oven get cooler.

Always remember, that the larger the loaves the slower must be the baking,
otherwise they will be overdone on the outside and underdone in the middle.

Do not open the oven door oftener than absolutely necessary.

If a gas oven is used the bread must be baked on a baking sheet placed on
a sand tin. A sand tin is the ordinary square or oblong baking tin,
generally supplied with gas stoves, filled with silver sand. A baking
sheet is simply a piece of sheet-iron, a size smaller than the oven
shelves, so that the heat may pass up and round it. Any ironmonger will
cut one to size for a few pence. Do not forget to place a vessel of water
(hot) in the bottom of the oven. This is always necessary in a gas oven
when baking bread, cakes or pastry.

It must not be forgotten that ovens are like children they need
understanding. The temperature of the kitchen and the oven's nearness to a
window or door will often make a difference of five or ten minutes in the
time needed for baking. One gas oven that I knew never baked well in
winter unless a screen was put before it to keep away draughts!

ROLLS.--If you desire to get your bread more quickly it is only a question
of making smaller loaves. Little rolls may be cut out with a large egg-cup
or small pastry cutter, and these take any time from twenty minutes to
half an hour.


9 ozs. fine wholemeal, 1 egg, a bare 1/2 pint milk and water, butter size
of walnut.

Put butter in a qr. qtn. tin (a small square-cornered tin price 6-1/2d. at
most ironmongers) and let it remain in hot oven until it boils. Well whisk
egg, and add to it the milk and water. Sift into this liquid the
wholemeal, stirring all the time. Pour this batter into the hot buttered
tin. Bake in a very hot oven for 50 minutes, then move to a cooler part
for another 50 minutes. When done, turn out and stand on end to cool.


Put into a basin a pint of cold water, and beat it for a few minutes in
order to aerate it as much as possible. Stir gently, but quickly, into
this as much fine wholemeal as will make a batter the consistency of thick
cream. It should just drop off the spoon. Drop this batter into very hot
greased gem pans. Bake for half an hour in a hot oven. When done, stand on
end to cool. They may appear to be a little hard on first taking out of
the oven, but when cool they should be soft, light and spongy. When
properly made, the uninitiated generally refuse to believe that they do
not contain eggs or baking-powder.

There are proper gem pans, made of cast iron (from 1s.) for baking this
bread, and the best results are obtained by using them. But with a
favourable oven I have got pretty good results from the ordinary
baking-tins with depressions, the kind used for baking small cakes. But
these are a thinner make and apt to produce a tough crust.


This bread has a very sweet taste. It is made by stirring boiling water
into any quantity of meal required, sufficient to form a stiff paste. Then
take out of the basin on to a board and knead quickly with as much more
flour as is needed to make it workable. Cut it into small rolls with a
large egg-cup or small vegetable cutter. The quicker this is done the
better, in order to retain the heat of the water. Bake from 20 to 30


Mix medium oatmeal to a stiff paste with cold water. Add enough fine
oatmeal to make a dough. Roll out very thinly. Bake in sheets, or cut into
biscuits with a tumbler or biscuit cutter. Bake on the bare oven shelf,
sprinkled with fine oatmeal, until a very pale brown. Flour may be used in
place of the fine oatmeal, as the latter often has a bitter taste that
many people object to. The cause of this bitterness is staleness, but it
is not so noticeable in the coarse or medium oatmeal. Freshly ground
oatmeal is quite sweet.


1 lb. fine wholemeal, 6 oz. raisins, 2 oz. Mapleton's nutter, water.

Well wash the raisins, but do not stone them or the loaf will be heavy. If
the stones are disliked, seedless raisins, or even sultanas, may be used,
but the large raisins give rather better results. Rub the nutter into the
flour, add the raisins, which should be well dried after washing, and mix
with enough water to form a dough which almost, but not quite drops from
the spoon. Put into a greased tin, which should be very hot, and bake in a
hot oven at first. At the end of twenty minutes to half an hour the loaf
should be slightly browned. Then move to a cooler shelf, and bake until
done. Test with a knife as for ordinary cakes.

For this loaf a small, deep, square-cornered tin is required (price
6-1/2d.), the same as for the egg loaf. 3 ozs. fresh dairy butter may be
used in place of the 2 ozs. nutter.


Into 1 lb. wholemeal flour rub 4 ozs. nutter or 5 ozs. butter. Mix to a
stiff dough with cold water. Knead lightly but well. Shape into small buns
about 1 inch thick. Bake for an hour in a moderate oven.


Soups are of three kinds--clear soups, thick soups, and purées. A clear
soup is made by boiling fruit or vegetables (celery, for example) until
all the nourishment is extracted, and then straining off the clear liquid.
A little sago or macaroni is generally added and cooked in this. When
carrots and turnips are used, a few small pieces are cut into dice or
fancy shapes, cooked separately, and added to the strained soup. Thick
soups always include some farinaceous ingredients for thickening (flour,
pea-flour, potato, etc.). Purées are thick soups composed of any vegetable
or vegetables boiled and rubbed through a sieve. This is done, a little at
a time, with a wooden spoon. A little of the hot liquor is added to the
vegetable from time to time to assist it through.


1 carrot, 1 turnip, 4 leeks or 3 small onions, 4 sprigs parsley, 4 sticks
celery, 1 tea-cup pearl barley, 3 qts. water. (The celery may be omitted
if desired, or, when in season, 1 tea-cup green peas may be substituted.)

Scrub clean (but do not peel) the carrot and turnip. Wash celery, parsley,
and barley. Shred all the vegetables finely; put in saucepan with the
water. Bring to the boil and slowly simmer for 5 hours. Add the chopped
parsley and serve.


Make barley broth as in No. 1. Then strain it through a wire strainer.
Squeeze it well, so as to get the soup as thick as possible, but do not
rub the barley through. Skin 1/2 lb. tomatoes, break in halves, and cook
to a pulp very gently in a closed saucepan (don't add water). Add to the
barley soup, boil up once, and serve.

In cases of illness, especially where the patient is suffering from
intestinal trouble, after preparing as above, strain through a fine
muslin. It should also be prepared with distilled, or clean boiled


1 head celery, 2 tablespoons sago, 2 qts. water.

Wash the celery, chop into small pieces, and stew in the water for 2
hours. Strain. Wash the sago, add it to the clear liquid, and cook for 1

For those who prefer a thick soup, pea-flour may be added. Allow 1 level
tablespoon to each pint of soup. Mix with a little cold water, and add to
the boiling soup. One or two onions may also be cooked with the celery, if


1 lb. chestnuts, 1-1/2 oz. nutter or butter, 2 tablespoons chopped
parsley, 1 tablespoon wholemeal flour, 1-1/2 pints water.

First put on the chestnuts (without shelling or pricking) in cold water,
and boil for an hour. Then remove shells and put the nuts in an enamelled
saucepan with the fat. Fry for 10 minutes. Add the flour gradually,
stirring all the time, then add the water. Cook gently for half an hour.
Lastly, add the parsley, boil up, and serve.

It is rather nicer if the flour is omitted, the necessary thickness being
obtained by rubbing the soup through a sieve before adding the parsley.
Those who do not object to milk may use 1 pint milk and 1 pint water in
place of the 1-1/2 pints water.


Fruit soups are used extensively abroad, although not much heard of in
England. But they might be taken at breakfast with advantage by those
vegetarians who have given up the use of tea, coffee and cocoa, and object
to, or dislike, milk. The recipe given here is for apple soup, but pears,
plums, etc., may be cooked in exactly the same way.

1 lb. apples, 1 qt. water, sugar and flavouring, 1 tablespoon sago.

Wash the apples and cut into quarters, but do not peel or core. Put into a
saucepan with the water and sugar and flavouring to taste. When sweet,
ripe apples can be obtained, people with natural tastes will prefer no
addition of any kind. Otherwise, a little cinnamon, cloves, or the yellow
part of lemon rind may be added. Stew until the apples are soft. Strain
through a sieve, rubbing the apple pulp through, but leaving cores, etc.,
behind. Wash the sago, add to the strained soup, and boil gently for 1
hour. Stir now and then, as the sago is apt to stick to the pan.


2 heaped breakfast-cups beans, 2 qts. water, 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
or 1/2 lb. tomatoes, nut or dairy butter size of walnut, 1 tablespoon
lemon juice.

For this soup use the small white or brown haricots. Soak overnight in 1
qt. of the water. In the morning add the rest of the water, and boil until
soft. It may then be rubbed through a sieve, but this is not imperative.
Add the chopped parsley, the lemon juice, and the butter. Boil up and
serve. If tomato pulp is preferred for flavouring instead of parsley, skin
the tomatoes and cook slowly to pulp (without water) before adding.


4 breakfast-cups lentils, 1 carrot, 1 turnip, 2 onions, 4 qts. water, 4
sticks celery, 2 teaspoons herb powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 oz.

Either the red, Egyptian lentils, or the green German lentils may be used
for this soup. If the latter, soak overnight. Stew the lentils very gently
in the water for 2 hours, taking off any scum that rises. Well wash the
vegetables, slice them, and add to the soup. Stew for 2 hours more. Then
rub through a sieve, or not, as preferred. Add the lemon juice, herb
powder, and butter (nut or dairy), and serve.


1/2 lb. small macaroni, 2 qts. water or vegetable stock, 3/4 lb. onions or
1 lb. tomatoes.

Break the macaroni into small pieces and add to the stock when nearly
boiling. Cook with the lid off the saucepan until the macaroni is swollen
and very tender. (This will take about an hour.) If onions are used for
flavouring, steam separately until tender, and add to soup just before
serving. If tomatoes are used, skin and cook slowly to pulp (without
water) before adding. If the vegetable stock is already strong and
well-flavoured, no addition of any kind will be needed.


Use split peas, soak overnight, and prepare according to recipe given for
lentil soup.


Peel thinly 2 lbs. potatoes. (A floury kind should be used for this soup.)
Cut into small pieces, and put into a saucepan with enough water to cover
them. Add three large onions (sliced), unless tomatoes are preferred for
flavouring. Bring to the boil, then simmer until the potatoes are cooked
to a mash. Rub through a sieve or beat with a fork. Now add 3/4 pint water
or 1 pint milk, and a little nutmeg if liked. Boil up and serve.

If the milk is omitted, the juice and pulp of two or three tomatoes may be
added, and the onions may be left out also.

11. P.R. SOUP.

1 head celery, 4 large tomatoes, 4 qts. water, 4 large English onions, 3
tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley.

This soup figures often in the diet sheet of the Physical Regenerationists
for gouty and rheumatic patients, but in addition to being a valuable
medicine on account of its salts, it is the most delicious clear soup that
I know of. To make: chop the ingredients to dice, cover closely, and
simmer until the quantity of liquid is reduced to one half.


1/4 pint pearl barley, 1/4 pint red lentils, 2 qts. cold bran water,

To make the bran water, boil 1 measure of bran with 4 measures of water
for not less than 30 minutes. Simmer together the barley, lentils, and
bran water for 3 hours. To flavour, put 4 ozs. butter or 3 ozs. nutter
into a pan with 1 lb. sliced onions. Shake over fire until brown, but do
not let them burn or the flavour of the soup will be spoilt. Add these to
the stock at the end of the first hour. Any other vegetable liked may be
chopped to dice and added.

Tomato may be substituted for the onion if preferred and no fat used.
Strain through a hair sieve, and serve the clear liquid after boiling up.


6 ozs. sago, 2 qts. stock, juice of 1 lemon.

Wash the sago and soak it for 1 hour. Put it in a saucepan with the lemon
juice and stock, and stew for 1 hour.


1 qt. water or white stock, 1 lb. tomatoes.

Slice the tomatoes, and simmer very gently in the water until tender. Rub
through a sieve. Boil up and serve.


To 4 qts. water allow 1 pint lentils, or rather less than 1 pint haricots.
In addition allow 1 carrot, 1 turnip, 1 onion, and 1/4 head of celery.
Clean apple peelings and cores, and any fresh vegetable cuttings may also
be added with advantage. For white stock, use the white haricot beans,
rice, or macaroni in place of lentils or brown haricots. Soak the pulse
overnight, and simmer with the vegetables for 4 hours. Any stock not used
should be emptied out of the stock pot, and boiled up afresh each day.


The recipes following are intended to be used as substitutes for meat,
fish, etc.

The body needs for its sustenance water, mineral salts, [Footnote: I
allude to mineral salts as found in the vegetable kingdom, not to the
manufactured salts, like the ordinary table salt, etc., which are simply
poisons when taken as food.] fats and oils, carbo-hydrates (starch and
sugar), and proteids (the flesh and muscle-forming elements). All
vegetable foods (in their natural state) contain all these elements, and,
at a pinch, human life might be supported on any one of them. I say "at a
pinch" because if the nuts, cereals and pulses were ruled out of the
dietary, it would, for most people, be deficient in fat and proteid.
Wholewheat, according to a physiologist whose work is one of the standard
books on the subject, is a perfectly-proportioned, complete food. Hence it
is possible to live entirely on good bread and water.

Nuts are the best substitute for flesh meat. Next in order come the
pulses. After these come wholewheat and unpolished rice. Both nuts and
pulses contain, like flesh meat, a large quantity of proteid in a
concentrated form. No one needs more than 1/4 lb. per day, at most, of
either. (Eggs, of course, are a good meat substitute, so far as the
percentage of proteid is concerned.)


Take any quantity of shelled almonds and blanch by pouring boiling water
on them. The skins can then be easily removed. Lay the blanched almonds on
a tin, and bake to a pale yellow colour. On no account let them brown, as
this develops irritating properties. To be eaten with vegetable stews and
pies. (That is, with any stew or pie which contains neither nuts nor


An excellent dish for children and persons with weak digestive powers. The
chestnuts need not be peeled or pricked, but merely well covered with cold
water and brought to the boil, after which they should boil for a good
half hour. Drain off the water and serve hot. They may also be boiled,
peeled, mashed and eaten with hot milk.


Boil for 15 minutes. Shell. Fry in a very little nut fat for 10 minutes.
Barely cover with water, and stew gently until tender. When done, add some
chopped parsley and thicken with chestnut flour or fine wholemeal. For
those who prefer it, milk and dairy butter may be substituted for the
water and nut fat.


1 lb. chestnuts, 1/2 lb. tomatoes, short crust.

Boil the chestnuts for half an hour. Shell. Skin the tomatoes and cut in
slices. Well grease a small pie-dish, put in the chestnuts and tomatoes in
alternate layers. Cover with short crust (pastry recipe No. 3) and bake
until a pale brown. Serve with parsley, tomato, or white sauce.


1 lb. chestnuts, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, cornflour and water or 1

Boil the chestnuts for half an hour. Shell, and well mash with a fork. Add
the parsley. Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornflour in 1 tablespoon water. Use as
much of this as required to moisten the chestnut, and mix it to a stiff
paste. Shape into firm, round, rather flat rissoles, roll in white flour,
and fry in deep oil or fat to a golden brown colour. Serve with parsley or
tomato sauce.

For those who take eggs, the rissoles may be moistened and bound with a
beaten egg instead of the cornflour and water. They may also be rolled in
egg and bread-crumbs after flouring.


1/2 pint beans, 1 oz. butter, water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

The small white or brown haricots should be used for this dish. Wash well,
and soak overnight in the water. In the morning put in a saucepan in the
same water and bring to the boil. Simmer slowly for 3 hours. When done
they mash readily and look floury. Drain off any water not absorbed. Add
the butter and lemon juice, and shake over the fire until hot. Serve with
parsley or white sauce.


1/2 pint haricots, 1 oz. butter, 1 medium onion, water, 1 teaspoon lemon
juice, 1 teaspoon mixed herbs, or 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

Cook the haricots as in preceding recipe. Mash well with a fork, add the
onion finely grated, and the parsley or herbs. (This may be omitted if
preferred.) Form into firm, round, rather flat rissoles. Roll in white
flour. Fry in deep oil or fat to a golden brown colour. Serve with tomato
sauce, brown gravy, or parsley sauce.


1 cup lentils, 1-1/2 cups water, butter (size of walnut), 1 teaspoon lemon

Use either the red Egyptian, or the green German lentils. Wash well in
several waters, drain, and put to soak overnight in the water. Use this
same water for cooking. Cook very slowly until the lentils are soft and
dry. They should just absorb the quantity of water given. (If cooked too
quickly it may be necessary to add a little more.) A little thyme or herb
powder may be cooked with the lentils, if liked. When done, drain off any
superfluous water, add the butter and the lemon juice, shake over the fire
until hot. Serve with baked potatoes and tomato sauce.


1/2 pint red lentils, 1/2 pint bread-crumbs, 2 ozs. butter or 1-1/2 oz.
nutter, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 a nutmeg.

Well wash the lentils and place on the fire with just enough water to
cover them. Simmer gently until quite soft. Add the butter, lemon juice,
nutmeg, and bread-crumbs. Stir well, heat to boiling point, and cook for
10 minutes. Put in jars, and when cold pour some melted butter or nutter
on the top. Tomato juice may be used in place of the lemon juice if


2 cups lentils, 12 small leeks, 4 cups water, short crust.

Put the lentils, water, and leeks, finely shredded, into a covered jar or
basin. Bake in a slow oven until done. Put into a greased pie-dish and
cover with short crust. (If lentils are very dry, add a little more
water.) Bake. Serve with boiled potatoes, brown gravy, and any vegetable
in season, except spinach or artichokes.


1 teacup red lentils, 2 teacups bread-crumbs, or 1 teacup kornules,
cornflour or egg, 1-1/2 teacups water, 4 medium-sized onions, 1 grated
lemon rind, 2 teaspoons mixed herbs.

Cook the lentils slowly in a saucepan with the water until they are soft
and dry. Steam the onions. If Kornules are used, add as much boiling water
to them as they will only just absorb. If bread-crumbs are used, do not
moisten them. Add the grated yellow part of the lemon rind and the herbs.
Mix all the ingredients well together and slightly moisten with rather
less than a tablespoonful of water in which is dissolved a teaspoonful of
raw cornflour. This is important, as it takes the place of egg for binding
purposes. Shape into round, flat rissoles, roll in white flour, and fry in
boiling oil or fat until a golden-brown colour.

A beaten egg may be used for binding in place of the cornflour, and the
rissoles may be dipped in egg and rolled in breadcrumbs before frying.
Serve hot with brown gravy or tomato sauce. Or cold with salad.


1/4 lb. macaroni, 1 oz. butter, 1/2 lb. tomatoes, parsley.

Use the best quality of macaroni. The smaller kinds are the most
convenient as they cook more quickly. Spargetti is a favourite kind with
most cooks. Break the macaroni into small pieces and drop it into fast
boiling water. Cook with the lid off until quite tender. Be particular
about this, as underdone macaroni is not a pleasant dish. (With a little
practise the cook will be able to calculate how much water is needed for
it all to be absorbed by the time the macaroni is done.) When done, drain
well, add the butter, and shake over the fire until hot.

While the macaroni is cooking, skin the tomatoes, break in halves, and put
into a tightly-covered saucepan. (Do not add water.) Set at the side of
the stove to cook very slowly. They should never boil. When reduced to
pulp they are done.

Pile the macaroni in the middle of a rather deep dish, and sprinkle with
chopped parsley. Pour the tomato round and serve.


Many food reformers consider mushrooms to be unwholesome, and indeed, in
the ordinary way, they are best left alone. But if they can be obtained
quite fresh, and are not the forced, highly-manured kinds, I do not think
they are injurious. But the very large variety, commonly called horse
mushrooms, should not be eaten.

Peel and stalk the mushrooms. Examine them carefully for maggots. Fry in
just enough nutter to prevent them sticking to the pan. Cook until quite
tender. Pile on a warm, deep dish. Slice the tomatoes and fry in the same
pan, taking care not to add more nutter than is absolutely necessary. When
tender, arrange the tomato slices round and on the mushrooms. Pour a
tablespoonful or more, according to the amount cooked, of hot water into
the pan. Stir well and boil up. Pour the gravy formed over the mushrooms,
and serve.


For nut-cookery, a nut mill or food chopper of some kind is necessary. A
tiny food chopper, which can be regulated to chop finely or coarsely as
required, may be bought for 3s. at most food-reform stores. It also has an
attachment which macerates the nuts so as to produce "nut butter." The
larger size at 5s. is the more convenient for ordinary use. If only one
machine can be afforded, the food chopper should be the one chosen, as it
can also be used for vegetables, breadcrumbs, etc. The nut-mill proper
flakes the nuts, it will not macerate them, and is useful for nuts only.
But flaked nuts are a welcome and pretty addition to fruit salads, stewed
fruits, etc.

If the nuts to be milled or ground clog the machine, put them in a warm
oven until they just begin to change colour. Then let them cool, and they
will be found crisp and easy to work. But avoid doing this if possible, as
it dries up the valuable nut oil.


2 breakfast cups bread-crumbs, 2 medium Spanish onions, or 2 tomatoes, 2
breakfast cups ground nuts, nutter.

Any shelled nuts may be used for this roast. Some prefer one kind only;
others like them mixed. Almonds, pine-kernels, new Brazil nuts, and new
walnuts are nice alone. Old hazel nuts and walnuts are nicer mixed with
pine-kernels. A good mixture is one consisting of equal quantities of
blanched almonds, walnuts, hazel nuts, and pine-kernels; where strict
economy is a consideration, peanuts may be used. Put a few of each kind
alternately into the food chopper and grind until you have enough to fill
two cups. Mix with the same quantity breadcrumbs. Grate the onions,
discard all tough pieces, using the soft pulp and juice only with which to
mix the nuts and crumbs to a very stiff paste. If onions are disliked,
skin and mash two tomatoes for the same purpose. Or one onion and one
tomato may be used.

Well grease a pie-dish, fill it with the mixture, spread a few pieces of
nutter (or butter) on the top, and bake until brown.

_Another method_.--For those who use eggs, the mixing may be done with a
well-beaten egg. The mixture may also be formed into an oblong roast,
greased, and baked on a tin. Serve with brown gravy or tomato sauce.


Make a stiff mixture as for nut roast, add a tablespoonful savoury herbs
if liked. Form into small, flat rissoles, roll them in white flour, and
fry in deep fat or oil. Serve hot with gravy, or cold with salad.


A nourishing paste for sandwiches is made by macerating pine-kernels with
the "nut butter" attachment of the food chopper, and flavouring with a
little fresh tomato juice. This must be used the same day as made as it
will not keep.

_Another method_.--Put equal quantities of pea-nuts and pine-kernels into
a warm oven until the latter just begin to colour. The skins of the
pea-nuts will now be found to rub easily off. Put the mixed nuts through
the macerator and mix to a stiff paste with some tomato juice. Put in a
saucepan and heat to boiling point. Pour melted butter over top. This may
be kept until the next day, but no longer.


Proceed as for nut roast or rissoles, but use cold stewed lentils (see
recipe) in the place of bread-crumbs.


Put on a tin in a warm oven, bake until a very pale golden colour. On no
account brown. Serve with vegetable stew.


1 cup unpolished rice, 3 cups water.

Put the rice on in cold water, and bring it gradually to the boil. Boil
hard for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Draw it to the side of the
stove, where it is comparatively cool, or, if a gas stove is used, put the
saucepan on an asbestos mat and turn the gas as low as possible. The water
should now gradually steam away, leaving the rice dry and well cooked.
Serve plain or with curry.


Cook rice as in foregoing recipe. Fry a small, finely-chopped onion in
very little fat. Add this to the cooked rice with butter the size of a
walnut, and a pinch of savoury herbs. Shake over the fire until hot. Serve
with peeled baked potatoes and baked tomatoes.


Mix any quantity of cold boiled rice with some chopped parsley and
well-beaten egg. Beat the mixture well, form into small fritters, roll in
egg and bread-crumbs or white flour, and fry to a golden brown. Serve with
egg sauce.


Grease a pie-dish. Put in it 2 or 3 small firm tomatoes, or some small
peeled mushrooms. Make a batter as for Yorkshire pudding and pour over.
Bake until golden brown.


1 medium marrow, 2 ozs. butter or 1-1/2 oz. nutter, 1 dessertspoon sage, 2
medium onions, 4 tablespoons bread-crumbs, 1 tablespoon milk or water.

Chop the onion small and mix with the bread-crumbs, sage, and milk or
water. Peel the marrow and scoop out the pith and pips. (Cut it in halves
to do this, or, better still, if possible cut off one end and scoop out
inside with a long knife.) Tie the two halves together with clean string.
Stuff the marrow and bake for 40 minutes on a well-greased tin. Lay some
of the nutter on top and baste frequently until done. It should brown
well. Serve with brown gravy or white sauce.


Make a paste as for nut roast (see recipe). Peel marrow, scoop out the
inside, and stuff. Bake from 40 minutes to an hour in a hot oven. Baste


1 lb. tomatoes, 7 small Spanish onions, 8 medium potatoes, 1 oz. nutter or
butter, 2 small carrots or parsnips, or 1 cup fresh green peas.

A saucepan with a close-fitting lid, and, if a gas stove is used, an
asbestos mat (price 3-1/2d. at any ironmongers) is needed for this stew.
Skin the tomatoes, peel and quarter the onions, and put them into the
saucepan with the nutter and shut down the lid tightly. If a gas or oil
flame is used, turn it as low as possible. Put the asbestos mat over this
and stand the saucepan upon it. At the end of 1 hour the onions should be
gently stewing in a sea of juice. Add the potatoes now (peeled and cut in
halves). Also the peas, if in season. Cook for another hour. If carrot or
parsnip is the extra vegetable used, cut into quarters and put in with the
onions. When done, the onions are quite soft, and the potatoes, etc., just
as if they had been cooked in a steamer.

Note that the onions and tomatoes must be actually stewing when the
potatoes are put in, as the latter cook in the steam arising from the
former. Consequently, they should be laid on top of the onions, etc., not
mixed with them. If cooked on the kitchen range, a little longer time may
be needed, according to the state of the fire. Never try to cook quickly,
or the juice will dry up and burn. The slow heat is the most important


Cook the vegetables according to recipe for vegetable stew. When cold put
in a pie-dish (gravy and all) and cover with short crust. Bake for half an
hour. If preferred, the vegetables may be covered with cold mashed
potatoes in place of pie-crust. Top with a few small pieces of nutter, and
bake until brown.


1 carrot, 1 turnip, 1 potato, 1 parsnip, 2 Jerusalem artichokes, 2 onions,
2 tomatoes, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, nutter size of small walnut.

Scrub and scrape the carrot, turnip, parsnip and artichokes. Peel the
potato and onions. Shred the onions and put them into a stew-pan with the
nutter. Shake over the fire, and fry until brown, but do not burn or the
flavour of the stew will be completely spoilt. Cut the carrot and parsnip
and potato into quarters, the artichokes into halves, and put into the
stew-pan with the onions. Barely cover with water. Bring to the boil and
stew very gently until tender. Skin the tomatoes, break in halves, and
cook slowly to a pulp in a separate pan. Add these, with the lemon juice,
to the stew, and slightly thicken with a little wholemeal flour just
before serving.


Casserole is the French word for stew-pan. But "Casserole Cookery" is a
phrase used to denote cookery in earthenware pots. It commends itself
especially to food-reformers, as the slow cookery renders the food more
digestible, and the earthenware pots are easier to keep clean than the
ordinary saucepan. The food is served up in the pot in which it is cooked,
this being simply placed on a dish. A large pudding-basin covered with a
plate may be used in default of anything better. A clean white serviette
is generally pinned round this before it comes to table. Various
attractive-looking brown crocks are sold for the purpose. But anyone who
possesses the old-fashioned "beef-tea" jar needs nothing else. It is
important to ensure that a new casserole does not crack the first time of
using. To do this put the casserole into a large, clean saucepan, or pail,
full of clean cold water. Put over a fire or gas ring, and bring slowly to
the boil. Boil for 10 minutes and then stand aside to cool. Do not take
the casserole out until the water is cold.


2 carrots, 1 turnip, 1 leek, 1 stick celery, 1/2 cabbage, 1 bay leaf, 2
cloves, 6 peppercorns, 3 qts. water.

Scrape and cut up carrots and turnip. Slice the leek, and cut celery into
dice. Shred the cabbage. Put into the jar with the water, and place in a
moderate oven, or on the top of a closed range. If it is necessary to use
a gas ring, turn very low and stand jar on an asbestos mat. Bring to the
boil slowly and then simmer for 2-1/2 hours.


1 lb. potatoes, 2 carrots, 1 large onion, 1 turnip, 1/4 lb. mushrooms or
1/2 lb. tomatoes, 1 pint stock or water.

Wash, peel, and slice thickly the potatoes. Wash and scrape and slice the
carrots and turnip. Skin the tomatoes or mushrooms. Put in the jar in
alternate layers. Moisten with the stock or water. Cook as directed in
recipe 1 for 1-1/2 hours after it first begins to simmer.


Take hard, red apples. Wash, but do not peel or core. Put in jar with cold
water to reach half way up the apples. Cover closely and put in moderate
oven for 2 hours after it begins to simmer. At end of 1 hour, add sugar to


1-1/2 lbs. (when prepared and cut up) of mixed seasonable vegetables,
including, whenever possible, tomatoes, celery and spinach; one
tablespoonful of water.

Cut up the moist, juicy vegetables such as celery, spinach, onions and
tomatoes, place them with the water in a casserole, put lid on and slowly
cook for about one hour until enough juice is extracted to safely add the
rest of the cut-up vegetables. The whole should now be placed in a
slightly greater heat and simmered until the last added vegetables are
quite tender. The mixture should be stirred occasionally with a wooden


I do not recommend the use of curries. Many food-reformers eschew them
altogether. But they are sometimes useful for the entertainment of
meat-eating friends, or to tide over the attack of meat-craving which
sometimes besets the vegetarian beginner. Of course there are curries and
curries. Cheap curry powders are very much hotter than those of a better
quality. When buying curry powder it is best to go to a high-class grocer
and get the smallest possible tin of the best he keeps. It will last for
years. Those who prefer to make their own curry powder may try Dr.
Kitchener's recipe as follows:--


3 ozs. coriander seed, 2-1/2 ozs. tumeric, 1 oz. black pepper, 1/2 oz.
lesser cardamoms, 1/4 oz. cinnamon, 1/4 oz. cumin seed.

Put the ingredients into a cool oven and let them remain there all night.
Next day pound them thoroughly in a marble mortar, and rub through a
sieve. Put the powder into a well-corked bottle.

A spice machine may be used instead of the mortar, but in that case the
tumeric should be obtained ready powdered, as it is so hard that it is apt
to break the machine. The various ingredients are generally only to be
obtained from a large wholesale druggist.


1 large onion, 1 dessertspoon curry powder, 1 oz. butter or nutter, 3
hard-boiled eggs, 1 dessertspoon tomato pulp, 1 teacup water.

Shred the onion, put it in the stew-pan with the butter, sprinkle the
curry powder over, and fry gently until quite brown. Shell the eggs and
cut them in halves. Add the eggs, the tomato pulp, and the water. Stir
well, and simmer until the liquid is reduced to one-half. This will take
about 15 minutes. Serve with plain boiled unpolished rice.


Use the ingredients given, and proceed exactly the same as for egg curry.
But in place of eggs, take 1 breakfastcup of cold cooked German lentils
(see recipe for cooking lentils). Use also 2 teacups water in place of the
1, and only 3/4 oz. butter or nutter.


Use the ingredients given and proceed the same as for German lentil curry,
using any cold steamed vegetables in season. The best curry, according to
an Indian authority, is one made of potatoes, artichokes, carrots, pumpkin
and tomatoes.

_Note_.--A writer in Cassell's Dictionary of Cookery says:--"A spoonful of
cocoanut kernel dried and powdered gives a delicious flavour to a curry,
as does also acid apple."


Never eat boiled vegetables. No one ever hears of a flesh-eater boiling
his staple article of diet and throwing away the liquor. On the contrary,
when he does indulge in boiled meat, the liquor is regarded as a valuable
asset, and is used as a basis for soup. But his meat is generally
conservatively cooked--that is, it is baked, roasted, or grilled, so that
the juices are retained. If he has to choose between throwing away the
meat or the water in which it has been boiled, he keeps the
liquor--witness "beef-tea." For some unknown reason he does not often
treat his vegetables in the same way, and suffers thereby the loss of much
valuable food material.

The vegetarian--being avowedly a thinker and a pioneer--would, it might be
imagined, treat what is now one of his staple articles of diet at least as
carefully as the out-of-date flesh-eater. But no! For the most part, his
vegetables are boiled, and when the best part of the food constituents and
all the flavour have been extracted, he dines off a mass of indigestible
fibre--mere waste matter--and allows the "broth" to be thrown down the
sink, with the consequence that many vegetarians are pale, flabby
individuals who succumb to the slightest strain, and suffer from chronic

The remedy is simple. Treat vegetables as you used to treat meat. Bake or
stew them in their own juice. (See recipe for Vegetarian Irish Stew.) At
the least, steam them. A little of the valuable vegetable salts are lost
in the steaming, but not much. Better still, use a double boilerette. A
very little water is put into the inner pan and soon becomes steam, so
that by the time the vegetable is cooked it has all disappeared.

No exact time can be given for cooking vegetables, as this varies with age
and freshness. The younger--always supposing it has just come to
maturity--and fresher the vegetable, the quicker it cooks.

It should not be forgotten that orthodox cooks put all green and root
vegetables, except potatoes, to cook in _boiling_ water. This rule should
not be neglected when steaming vegetables--the water should be fast

I will conclude with a few remarks about preparing greens, cauliflowers,
etc. The general practice is to soak them in cold salted water with the
idea of drawing out and killing any insects. But this often results in
killing the insects, especially if much salt is used, before "drawing them
out." A better plan is to put the trimmed cabbage or cauliflower head
downwards into _warm_ water for about half an hour. As I trim Brussels
sprouts I throw them into a pan of warm water, and the insects crawl out
and sink to the bottom of the pan. It is astonishing how many one finds at
the bottom of a pan of warm water in which sprouts are soaked.


Steam until tender, or bake with a small piece of nutter on each artichoke
until brown. Serve with tomato or white sauce.


Tie in a bundle and stand in a deep saucepan with the stalks in water, so
that the shoots are steamed. Serve with melted butter or white sauce.


Bake or steam. It will take from 2 to 4 hours, according to size.


Steam until tender, but do not spoil by overcooking. Serve with parsley


This is a rather coarser variety of cauliflower. Cook in the same way as
the latter.


These should be steamed for not more than 20 minutes. They are generally
spoiled by overcooking. Serve plain or with onion sauce.


Steam. Put in vegetable dish, chop well, and add a small piece of butter.


Steam until tender. Serve whole or mashed with butter.


Steam. This may be done in a large saucepan if a steamer is not available.
Support the cauliflower on a pudding basin or meat stand--anything which
will raise it just above the level of the water. Serve with white sauce or
tomato sauce.


Stew. Choose a small head of celery, not a large, coarse head which will
be tough. Well wash and cut into about 8 pieces. (Keep any large coarse
sticks, if such are unavoidably present, for soup.) Put in stew-pan and
barely cover with water. Simmer until tender. Lift out on to hot dish.
Thicken the liquor with a little wholemeal flour, add a small piece of
butter pour this sauce over celery, and serve.


This is a large, hard white root, somewhat resembling a turnip in
appearance, with a slight celery flavour. It is generally only stocked by
"high-class" greengrocers. It costs from 1-1/2d. to 3d., according to
size. It is nicest cut in slices and fried in fat or oil until a golden


Although not generally cooked, this is very good steamed, and served with
white sauce.


Do not spoil these by overcooking. Steam in a double boilerette, if
possible. About 20 minutes is long enough.

14. LEEKS.

Cut off green leaves rather close to the white part. Wash well. Steam
about 30 minutes. Serve with white sauce.


The young tops of nettles in early spring are delicious. Later they are
not so palatable. Pick the nettles in gloves. Grasp them firmly, and wash
well. Put a small piece of butter or nutter with a little pounded thyme
into the saucepan with the nettles. Press well down and cook very slowly.
A very little water may be added if desired, but if the cooking is done
slowly, this will not be needed. When quite tender, dish up on a layer of
bread-crumbs, taking care to lose none of the juice. This dish somewhat
resembles spinach, which should be cooked in the same fashion, but without
the butter and thyme.


If onions are peeled in the open air they will not affect the eyes. Only
the Spanish onions are pleasant as a vegetable. The English onion is too
strong for most people.

Steam medium-sized onions from 45 mins. to 1 hour. Serve with white sauce,
flavoured with a very little mace or nutmeg, if liked. For baked onions,
first steam for 30 minutes and then bake for 30 minutes. Put nutter or
butter on each onion. Cook until brown. Onions for frying should be sliced
and floured. Fry for 5 or 6 minutes in very little fat. This is best done
in a covered stew-pan. Drain on kitchen paper.


Steam. Cold steamed parsnips are nice fried. Sprinkle with chopped
parsley, and serve.


Scrub well and steam, either with or without peeling. If peeled, this
should be done very thinly, as the greater part of the valuable potash
salts lie just under the skin.

BAKED.--Moderate-sized potatoes take from 45 to 60 minutes. If peeled
before baking, cut in halves and put on a greased tin with a little
nut-fat or butter on each.

CHIPS.--Cut into long chips and try in deep oil or fat. A frying-basket
and stew-pan are the most convenient utensils, but they take a great deal
of fat. A frying-pan and egg-slice will answer the same purpose for small

Success depends upon getting the fat the right temperature. It must be
remembered that fat and oil do not bubble when they boil. They bubble just
before boiling. As soon as they become quite still they boil. A very faint
blue smoke now arises. When the fat actually smokes, it is burning and

If the chips are put in wet, or before the fat boils, they will be sodden
and spoilt. A tiny piece of bread may be first put in to test. If this
"fizzles" well, the fat is ready.

When the chips are golden brown, lift them out with a slice and lay them
on paper to drain. Then put in vegetable dish and serve quickly. They are
spoilt if allowed to cool.

MASHED.--Old potatoes are best mashed after steaming. They should be well
beaten with a fork, and a little butter and milk, or nut-butter added.

SAUTÉ.--Take cold steamed potatoes and cut into slices. Melt a small
piece of fat or butter in a pan, and, when hot, put in potatoes. Sprinkle
with chopped parsley. Shake over fire until brown.

TO USE COLD POTATOES.--Chop in small pieces. Melt a very little fat in a
pan. Put in potatoes, and as they get warm mash with a fork, and press
down hard on the pan. Do not stir. At the end of 20 minutes the under side
should be brown. Turn out in a roll and serve.


Mix cold mashed potatoes with any kind of cold green vegetable. Heat in a
frying-pan with a little butter or fat.


These are generally eaten raw, but are nice steamed.


Steam, and serve with white sauce.


String, slice thinly, and steam.


See Nettles.


These are delicious steamed and mashed with butter.


These are generally grilled, fried or baked. To fry, cut in slices and
flour. Use only just enough fat. Bake with or without fat. Medium-sized
tomatoes take about 30 mins.

STUFFED.--Cut a slice off the top like a lid. Scoop out the pulp and mix
to a stiff paste with bread-crumbs, a little finely-chopped onion, and a
pinch of savoury herbs. Fill tomatoes with the mixture, put on the lids,
and bake in a tin with a little water at the bottom.


Steam and serve plain, or mash with butter.


Steam without peeling if they are very young. Otherwise, peel.



Fry a chopped onion in a very little nutter until a dark brown. (Do not
burn, or the flavour of the gravy will be spoilt.) Drain off the fat and
add 1/2 pint water. Boil until the water is brown. Strain. Return to
saucepan and add flavouring to taste. A teaspoon of lemon juice and a
tomato, skinned and cooked to pulp, are good additions. Or any vegetable
stock may be used instead of the water.

THICK.--If thick gravy be desired, mix a dessertspoonful wholemeal flour
with a little cold water. Add the boiling stock to this. Return to
saucepan and boil for 3 minutes. Add a small piece of butter just before

_Another method_.--Add a little "browning" (see recipe) to any vegetable
stock. Thicken.


Make a white sauce (see recipe). Boil an egg for 20 minutes, shell, chop
finely, and add to the sauce.


Make a white sauce (see recipe). But if the use of milk be objected to,
make the sauce of water and wholemeal flour. Allow 1 tablespoon
finely-chopped parsley to each 1/2 pint of sauce. Add to the sauce, and
boil up. Add a small piece of butter or nut-butter just before serving.


2 ozs. lump sugar, 1 large lemon.

Rub the lemon rind well with the sugar. Put the sugar into a saucepan with
as much water as it will just absorb. Boil to a clear syrup. Add the lemon
juice. Make hot, but do not boil.


Pour boiling water on the tomatoes, allow to stand for 1 minute, after
which the skins may be easily removed. Break the tomatoes (do not cut) and
put into a closely-covered saucepan. Put on one side of the range, or an
asbestos mat over a very low gas ring, and allow to cook slowly to pulp.

This simple recipe makes the most delicious sauce for those who appreciate
the undiluted flavour of the tomato. But a good sauce may be made by
allowing 1 teacup water or carrot stock to each teacup of pulp, boiling up
and thickening with wholemeal flour. A little butter may be added just
before serving.


Allow 1 level dessertspoon cornflour to 1/2 pint milk. Mix the cornflour
with a very little cold water in a basin. Pour the boiling milk into this,
stirring all the time. Return to saucepan and boil 5 minutes. Add a small
piece of butter just before serving.


Put 2 ozs. lump sugar in saucepan with as much water as it will just
absorb. Boil to a clear syrup, and then simmer very gently, stirring all
the time, until it is a very dark brown, almost black. It must not burn or
the flavour will be spoilt. Then add a pint of water, boil for a few
minutes. Put into a tightly-corked bottle and use as required.


Many vegetarians discard the use of eggs and milk for principle's sake,
but the majority still find them necessary as a half-way house. But no
eggs at all are infinitely to be preferred to any but real new-laid eggs.
The commercial "cooking-egg" is an unwholesome abomination.


Put the egg on in cold water. As soon as it boils take the saucepan off
the fire and stand on one side for 5 minutes. At the end of this time the
egg will be found to be very lightly, but thoroughly, cooked.


3 eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, 1/2 oz. fresh butter.

Beat up the eggs and add the milk. Melt the butter in a small stew-pan.
When hot, pour in the eggs and stir until they begin to set. Have ready
some buttered toast. Pile on eggs and serve.


1 egg, 2 medium tomatoes, butter.

Skin the tomatoes. Break into halves and put them, with a very small piece
of butter, into a small stew-pan. Close tightly, and cook slowly until
reduced to a pulp. Break the egg into a cup and slide gently on to the
tomato. Put on the stew-pan lid. The egg will poach in the steam arising
from the tomato.


Boil eggs for 20 minutes. Remove shells. Cut in halves and take out the
yolks. Well mash yolks with a very little fresh butter, melted, and curry
powder to taste. Stuff the whites with the mixture, join halves together,
and arrange in a dish of watercress.


Skin the tomatoes and cook to pulp as in the preceding recipe. Beat the
egg and stir it in to the hot tomato. Cook until just beginning to set.


Whisk the egg or eggs lightly to a froth. Put enough butter in the
frying-pan to just cover when melted. When this is hot, pour the eggs into
it, and stir gently with a wooden spoon until it begins to set. Fold over
and serve.


2 eggs, 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon finely-chopped parsley or mixed
herbs, 1/2 a very small onion (finely minced), 1 teaspoon fresh butter.

Put butter in the omelet pan. Beat the eggs to a fine froth, stir in the
milk and parsley, and pour into the hot pan. Stir quickly to prevent
sticking. As soon as it sets, fold over and serve.


Proceed as in recipe for Savoury Omelet, but substitute a dessertspoon
castor sugar for the onion and parsley. When set, put warm jam in the
middle. Fold over and serve.


2 eggs, 1 dessertspoon castor sugar, grated yellow part of rind of 1/2
lemon, butter.

Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs. Beat the yolks and add
sugar and lemon. Whisk the whites to a stiff froth. Mix very gently with
the yolks. Pour into hot buttered pan. Fold over and serve when set. Put
jam in middle or not, as preferred.



Pastry should usually be made with a very fine wholemeal flour, such as
the "Nu-Era." There are times, however, when concessions to guests, etc.,
demand the use of white flour. In such an event, use a good brand of
household flour. The more refined the kind, the less nutriment it
contains. Never add baking-powders of any kind.

The secret of making good pastry lies in lightly mixing with a cool hand.
If a spoon must be used, let it be a wooden one. Roll in one direction
only, away from the person. If you must give a backward roll, let it be
only once. Above all, roll lightly and little. The quicker the pastry is
made the better.


1/2 lb. fresh-butter or 6 ozs. Mapleton's nutter, 1 yolk of egg or 1
teaspoon lemon juice, 1/2 lb. flour.

If butter is used, wrap it in a clean cloth and squeeze well to get rid of
water. Beat the yolk of egg slightly. Put the flour on the paste board in
a heap. Make a hole in the centre and put in the yolk of egg or lemon
juice, and about 1 tablespoon of water. The amount of water will vary
slightly according to the kind of flour, and less will be required if egg
is used instead of lemon juice, but add enough to make a rather stiff
paste. Mix lightly with the fingers and knead until the paste is nice and
workable. But do it quickly!

Next, roll out the paste to about 1/4 inch thickness. Put all the butter
or nutter in the centre of this paste and wrap it up neatly therein. Stand
in a cool place for 15 minutes. Next, roll it out once, and fold it over,
roll it out again and fold it over. Do this lightly. Put it away again for
15 minutes. Repeat this seven times! (I do not think many food-reformers
will have the time or inclination to repeat the above performance often.
Speaking for myself, I have only done it once. But as no instructions
about pastry are supposed to be complete without a recipe for puff-paste,
I include it.) It is now ready for use.

Do not forget to keep the board and pin well floured, or the pastry will
stick. If wholemeal flour is used, it is well to have white flour for the
board and pin. See also that the nutter is the same consistency as
ordinary butter when kept in a medium temperature. If too hard, it must be
cut up and slightly warmed. If oily, it must be cooled by standing tin in
very cold water.


1/2 lb. flour, 3 ozs. nutter or butter.

Rub the nutter or butter lightly into the flour. Add enough cold water to
make a fairly stiff paste. Roll it out to a 1/4 inch thickness. It is now
ready for use.


Apples, castor sugar, grated lemon rind, butter or nutter, bread-crumbs or
Granose flakes.

Bread-crumbs make the more substantial, granose flakes the more dainty,
charlotte. Use juicy apples. "Mealy" apples make a bad charlotte. If they
must be used, a tablespoon or more, according to size, of water must be
poured over the charlotte. Peel, core, and slice apples. Grease a
pie-dish. Put in a thin layer of crumbs. On this dot a few small pieces
nutter. Over this put a generous layer of chopped apple. Sprinkle with
sugar and grated lemon rind. Repeat the process until the dish is full.
Top with crumbs. Bake from 20 minutes to half an hour. When done, turn out
on to dish, being careful not to break. Sprinkle a little castor sugar
over. Serve hot or cold. Boiled custard may be served with it.


Peel and core some good cooking apples, but keep them whole. If you have
no apple-corer, take out as much of the core as possible with a pointed
knife-blade. Fill the hole with sugar and a clove. Make short paste and
cut into squares. Fold neatly round and over apple. Bake from 30 to 45
minutes. If preferred boiled, tie each dumpling loosely in a cloth, put
into boiling water and cook from 45 minutes to 1 hour.


1/4 pint tapioca, 1 lb. apples, 1 pint water, sugar, lemon peel.

Soak the tapioca in the water overnight. Peel and core the apples, cut
into quarters, stew, and put in a pie-dish. Sprinkle with sugar to taste,
and the grated yellow part of a fresh lemon rind. Mix in the soaked
tapioca and water. Bake about 1 hour. Serve cold, with or without boiled


2 eggs, 1 teacup flour, milk.

Well whisk the eggs. Sprinkle in the flour a spoonful at a time. Stir
gently. When the batter becomes too thick to stir, thin it with a little
milk. Then add more flour until it is again too thick, and again thin with
the milk. Proceed in this way until all the flour is added, and then add
sufficient milk to bring the batter to the consistency of rather thick
cream. Have ready a very hot greased tin, pour in and bake in a hot oven
until golden brown. By mixing in the way indicated above, a batter
perfectly free from lumps is easily obtained.


Cook a heaped tablespoon of semolina in 1/2 pint of milk to a stiff paste.
Spread it on a plate to cool. (Smooth it neatly with a knife). When quite
cold, cut it into four. Dip in a beaten egg and fry brown. Serve hot with
lemon sauce. This may also be served as a savoury dish with parsley sauce.
The quantity given above is sufficient for two people.


Line a pudding-basin with slices of bread from which the crust has been
removed. Take care to fit the slices together as closely and neatly as
possible. Stew any juicy fruit in season with sugar to taste. Do not add
water. (Blackcurrants or raspberries and redcurrants are best for this
dish.) When done, fill up the basin with the boiling fruit. Top with
slices of bread fitted well in. Leave until cold. Turn out and serve.


1/4 oz. prepared agar-agar, 1-1/2 pints milk, sugar, flavouring.

Soak a vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, or strip of fresh lemon rind in the
cold milk until flavoured to taste. Add sugar to taste. Put in a saucepan
with the agar-agar, and simmer until dissolved (about 30 minutes). Pour
through a hot strainer into wet mould. Turn out when cold.


1/4 oz. prepared agar-agar, 2 sticks chocolate, 1-1/2 pints milk, 1
tablespoon sugar, vanilla flavouring.

Soak a vanilla pod in the cold milk for 2 hours. Soak the agar-agar in
cold water for half an hour. Squeeze water out and pull to pieces. Put it
into saucepan with 1 gill milk and 1/2 gill water. Stand on one side of
stove and let simmer very gently until quite dissolved. Meanwhile,
dissolve chocolate in rest of milk, adding the sugar. Pour the agar-agar
into the boiling chocolate through a hot strainer. This is necessary as
there is generally a little tough scum on the liquid. (If put through a
cold strainer, the agar-agar will set as it goes through.) When jelly is
quite cold, turn out and serve.


Stew some juicy plums or apples slowly to a pulp with sugar to taste. If
apples are used, add cloves or a little grated lemon rind for flavouring.
To every pint of fruit pulp allow a level tablespoon of cornflour.
Dissolve the cornflour in a little cold water and stir into the boiling
apple. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring all the time. Pour into a wet mould.
Turn out and serve when cold.


1 pint milk, 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon castor sugar, flavouring.

Put some thin strips of the yellow part of a lemon rind, or a vanilla pod,
in the cold milk. Allow to stand 1 hour or more. Then take out the peel,
add the sugar, and put over the fire in a double saucepan, if possible.
Bring to the boil. Beat the eggs. Take the milk off the fire, let it stop
boiling, and pour it slowly into the eggs, beating all the time. Put back
into the saucepan over a slow fire and stir until the mixture thickens
(about 20 minutes).


1 qt. milk, 8 eggs, 12 lumps sugar, 1 large tablespoon cornflour.

Flavour milk as in Boiled Custard. Put nearly all the milk and all the
sugar into a 3-pint jug and stand in a saucepan of boiling water. While
this is heating beat the eggs in one basin, and mix the cornflour with the
remainder of the milk in another. Add the eggs to hot milk, stirring all
the time, and finally add the cornflour. Stir until the mixture thickens
(about 20 minutes).


This recipe is inserted especially for those who object to the use of
manufactured sugar.

1/2 lb. "Ixion" plain wholemeal biscuits, 1/2 lb. dates, 2 ozs. nutter, 1
heaped tablespoon wholemeal flour, grated rind of 2 lemons, water.

Grind the biscuits to flour in the food-chopper. Wash, stone, and chop the
dates. Grate off the yellow part of the lemon rinds. Rub the nutter into
the biscuit-powder. Add dates, lemon peel, and flour. Mix with enough
water to make a paste stiff enough for the spoon to just stand up in
alone. Be very particular about this, as the tendency is to add rather too
little than too much water, owing to the biscuit-powder absorbing it more
slowly. Put into a greased pudding-basin or mould. Steam or boil for 5
hours. "Ixion Kornules" may be used instead of the biscuits, if preferred.
They save the labour of grinding, but they need soaking for an hour in
cold water before using. Well squeeze, add the other ingredients, and
moisten with the water squeezed from the kornules.

_Another method_.--Use the recipe for Plum Pudding, leaving out all the
dried fruit, almonds and sugar, substituting in their place 1 lb. dates or


Use the recipe for Date Pudding, substituting for the dates washed chopped


Make a short crust, roll out, spread with home-made jam, roll up,
carefully fastening ends, and tie loosely in a floured pudding-cloth. Put
into fast-boiling water and boil for 1 hour.


Mix the paste for the crust just a little stiffer than for the boiled
pudding. Spread with jam and roll up. Bake on a greased tin for


Nearly every housewife makes milk puddings, but only one in a hundred can
make them properly. When cooked, the grains should be quite soft and
encased with a rich thick cream. Failure to produce this result simply
indicates that the pudding has been cooked too quickly, or that the
proportion of grain to milk is too large.

Allow 2 level tablespoons, not a grain more, of cereal (rice, sago,
semolina, tapioca) and 1 level tablespoon sugar to every pint of milk. Put
in a pie-dish with a vanilla pod or some strips of lemon rind, and stand
for an hour in a warm place, on the hob for example. Then take out the pod
or peel and put into a fairly hot oven. As soon as the pudding boils, stir
it well, and move to a cooler part of the oven. It should now cook very
slowly for 2 hours.


7 juicy oranges, 1 lemon, 6 ozs. lump sugar, water, 1/4 oz. prepared

Rub the skins of the oranges and lemons well with some of the lumps of
sugar, and squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemon. Soak the
agar-agar in cold water for half an hour and then thoroughly squeeze. Warm
in 1 gill of water until dissolved. Put the fruit juice, agar-agar, and
enough water to make the liquid up to 1-1/2 pints, into a saucepan. Bring
to the boil.

Pour through a hot strainer into a wet mould. Turn out when cold. If
difficult to turn out, stand the mould in a basin of warm water for 2 or 3


1 lb. raspberries, 1/2 lb. currants, 6 ozs. sugar, 1/4 oz. prepared
agar-agar, 3/4 pint water.

Soak agar-agar as for Orange Jelly. Cook fruit with 1/2 pint water until
well done. Strain through muslin. Warm the agar-agar until dissolved in 1
gill of water. Put the fruit juice, sugar, and agar-agar into a saucepan.
If liquid measures less than 1-1/2 pints, add enough water to make up
quantity. Bring to the boil, pour through a hot strainer into wet mould.
Turn out when cold and serve.


1/2 lb. raisins, 1/2 lb. sultanas, 1/2 lb. currants, 1/2 lb. castor sugar,
1/4 lb. nutter, 1/2 a nutmeg, grated rind of 2 lemons, 1-1/2 lb. apples.

Well wash all the dried fruit in warm water, and allow to dry thoroughly
before using. Stone the raisins, pick the sultanas, and rub the currants
in a cloth to remove stalks. Wash and core the apples, but do not peel
them. Put all the fruit and apple through a fine food-chopper. Add the
sugar, grated lemon rind, and nutmeg. Lastly, melt the nutter and add.
Stir the mixture well, put it into clean jars, and tie down with parchment
covers until needed for mince pies.


Flake brazil nuts or pine-kernels in a nut mill, or chop very finely by
hand. Do not put them through the food-chopper, as this pulps them
together, and the pudding will be heavy. Allow 1 heaped cup of flaked nuts
to 2 level cups of flour. Mix to a paste with cold water. Roll out very
lightly. Cover with chopped apple and sugar, or apples and sultanas, or
jam. Roll up. Tie loosely in a floured pudding-cloth. Put into
fast-boiling water and boil for 1 hour.


1 lb. flour, 3 ozs. nutter, a full 1/2 pint water.

Rub the nutter very lightly into the flour, or chop like suet and mix in.
Add the water gradually, and mix well. Put into a pudding-basin, and boil
or steam for 3 hours. Turn out and serve with golden syrup, lemon sauce or


1/2 lb. raisins, 1/2 lb. sultanas, 1/2 lb. currants, 1/2 lb. cane sugar,
1/2 lb. flour, 1/4 lb. sweet almonds, 1/4 lb. grated carrot, 1/4 lb.
grated apple, 1/4 lb. nutter, grated rind of 2 lemons, 1/2 a nutmeg.

Well wash the raisins, sultanas and currants in hot water. Don't imagine
that this will deprive them of their goodness. The latter is all inside
the skin. What comes off from the outside is dirt, and a mixture of syrup
and water through which they have been passed to improve their appearance.
Rub the currants in a cloth to get off the stalks, pick the stalks from
the sultanas, and stone the raisins. Put the currants and sultanas in a
basin, just barely cover them with water, cover them with a plate, and put
into a warm oven--until they have fully swollen, when the water should be
all absorbed. (Currants treated in this way will not disagree with the
most delicate child. They are abominations if not so treated.) Rub the
nutter into the flour, or chop it as you would suet. Blanch the almonds by
steeping them in boiling water for a few minutes: the skins may then be
easily removed; chop very finely, or put through a mincer. Wash, core, and
mince (but do not peel) the apples. Grate off the yellow part of the lemon
rind. Mince or grate the carrots.

Mix together the flour, nutter, sugar, lemon rind, almonds and nutmeg.
Then add the raisins, sultanas and currants. Lastly, add the grated carrot
and apple, taking care not to lose any of the juice. Don't add any other
moisture. If the directions have been exactly followed, it will be moist
enough. Put it into pudding-basins or tin moulds greased with nutter, and
boil or steam for 8 hours.


2 eggs, 1 oz. butter, 3 ozs. flour, 2 ozs. castor sugar, 2 tablespoons

Beat the butter and sugar to a cream. Separate the whites and yolks of the
eggs. Beat the yolks, and add to sugar and butter. Add the flour, and
lastly, stir in the whites, whisked to a froth, very gently. Have ready a
hot, greased tin, pour in the mixture quickly, and bake in a very hot oven
from 6 to 8 minutes. Warm some jam in a small saucepan. Slip the pudding
out of the tin on to a paper sprinkled with castor sugar. Spread with jam
quickly and roll up. Serve hot or cold.


5 ozs. small sago, sugar to taste, 1-1/2 pints water, or water and fruit

Wash the sago. Soak it for 4 hours. Strain off the water. Add to the
strainings enough water or the juice from stewed fruit to make 1-1/2 pints
liquid. Sweeten if necessary, but if the juice from stewed fruit is used
it will probably be sweet enough. This dish is spoiled if made too sweet.
Put the sago and 1-1/2 pints liquid into a saucepan and stew for 20
minutes. Now add the stewed fruit which you deprived of its juice, stir
well, pour into a wet mould, and serve cold. Made with water only, and
flavoured with a very little sugar and lemon peel, it may be served with
stewed fruit.


Put a layer of sponge cake at the bottom of a glass dish. Cut up a tinned
pine-apple (get the pine-apple chunks if possible) and fill dish, first
pouring a little of the juice over the cake. Melt a very little agar-agar
in the rest of the juice. (Allow half the 1/4 oz. to a pint of juice.)
Pour over the mixture. Serve when cold.


Line a pudding-basin with short crust. Mix together in another basin some
good cane golden syrup, enough bread-crumbs to thicken it, and some grated
lemon rind. Put a layer of this mixture at the bottom of the
pudding-basin, cover with a layer of pastry, follow with a layer of the
mixture, and so on, until the basin is full. Top with a layer of pastry,
tie on a floured pudding-cloth, and boil or steam for 3 hours.


Put a layer of sponge cake at the bottom of a glass dish. Better still,
use sections of good home-made jam sandwich. Pour hot boiled custard on to
this until the cake is barely covered. Blanch some sweet almonds, and cut
into strips. Stick these into the top of the cake until it somewhat
resembles the back of a hedgehog! Serve when cold.


Cakes need a hot oven for the first half-hour.

If possible, they should not be moved from one shelf to another, but the
oven should be cooled gradually by opening the ventilators or lowering the
gas. A moderate oven is needed to finish the cooking.

All fruit cakes (unless weighing less than 1 lb.) need to be baked from
1-1/2 to 2 hours. The larger the cake the slower should be the baking.

The cake tins should be lined with greased paper.

If a gas oven is used, stand the cake tin on a sand tin (see Cold Water

If the cake becomes sufficiently brown on top before it is cooked through,
cover with a greased paper to prevent burning.

To test if done, dip a clean knife into hot water. Thrust it gently down
the centre of cake. If done, the knife will come out clean and bright.


1/4 lb. butter, 1/4 lb. castor sugar, 6 ozs. flour, 2 eggs.

Half butter and half nutter gives just as good results and is more

Beat together the butter and sugar to a cream. Whisk the eggs to a stiff
froth and add. Stir in the flour gently. Mix well. Add a little milk if
mixture is too stiff. This makes a Madeira Cake.

For other varieties, mix with the flour 1 dessertspoon caraway seeds for
Seed Cake; 2 tablespoons desiccated cocoanut for Cocoanut Cake; 6 ozs.
candied cherries chopped in halves for Cherry Cake; 6 ozs. sultanas and
the grated rind of 1 lemon for Sultana Cake; the grated yellow part of 2
lemon rinds for Lemon Cake.


Take 2 small eggs and half quantities of the ingredients given for the
cake mixture. Add the grated rind of half a lemon for flavouring. Grease a
tin for small cakes with 9 depressions. Put a spoonful of the mixture in
each depression. Bake for 20 minutes in a hot oven.


1/2 lb. desiccated cocoanut, 1/4 lb. sugar, 2 small eggs.

Proceed as for Macaroons, but make the cakes smaller. Bake in a moderate
oven for half an hour.


1 lb. wholemeal flour, 3/4 lb. raisins, 4 tablespoons walnut oil, 1/4 pint

This recipe was especially concocted for non-users of milk and eggs. Stir
the oil well into the flour. Add the washed and stoned raisins (or
seedless raisins, or sultanas). Mix to a dough with the water. Divide
dough into two portions. Roll out, form into rounds, and cut each round
into 6 small scones. Bake in a hot oven for half an hour.


8 ozs. butter, 1 lb. flour, 1/4 lb. cane sugar, currants.

Mix flour and sugar, and rub in the butter. Mix with water to plastic
dough. Divide dough into two cakes, 1 inch in thickness. Cover one evenly
with currants, lay the other on top, and roll out to the thickness of
one-third of an inch. Cut into sections, and bake in a hot oven for about
30 minutes.


Make a short crust (see recipe). Well grease some shallow jam sandwich
tins. Roll out the paste very thin and line with it the tins. Peel, core,
and finely chop some good, juicy apples. Spread well all over the paste.
Sprinkle with castor sugar and grated lemon rind. Cover with another layer
of thin paste. Bake for about 20 minutes in a hot oven. When done, take
carefully out of the tin to cool. Cut into wedges, sprinkle with castor
sugar, and pile on a plate.


8 ozs. flour, 4 ozs. butter, or 3 ozs. butter and 1 egg, 4 ozs. cane
sugar, flavouring.

Flavouring may consist of lemon rind, desiccated cocoanut, cooked
currants, carraway seed, mace, ginger, etc. Beat the butter and sugar to a
cream, add flavouring and flour. Mix with the beaten egg, if used; it not,
treat like the Lemon Short Cake. Roll out, cut into shapes, and bake about
10 minutes.


1/2 lb. nutter, 1/2 lb. sugar, 1 pint molasses or golden syrup, 1/2 oz.
ground cloves and all-spice mixed, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, flour to form

Beat the nutter and sugar together; add the molasses, spice, etc., and
just enough flour to form a plastic dough. Knead well, roll out, cut into
small biscuits, and bake on oiled or floured tins in a very moderate oven.


Mix ingredients and prepare 2 jam sandwich tins as for Sponge Cake (see
recipe). Pour mixture in tins and bake for about 10 minutes in a hot oven.
Take out, spread one round with warmed jam, place the other on top, and
cut when cold.


1 lb. flour, 7 ozs. nutter, 1/4 lb. sugar, rind of 1 lemon.

Mix together nutter and sugar, add grated lemon rind, work in flour, and
knead well. Press into sheets about 1/2 in. thick. Prick all over. Bake in
a moderate oven for about 20 minutes.

An easy way of baking for the inexpert cook who may find it difficult to
avoid breaking the sheets, is to well grease a shallow jam-sandwich tin,
sprinkle it well with castor sugar, as for sponge cakes, and press the
short cake into it, well smoothing the top with a knife, and, lastly,
pricking it.

II. MACAROONS. 5 ozs. sweet almonds, 5 ozs. castor sugar, 2 eggs.

Blanch the almonds and flake them in a nut mill. Whisk the eggs to a stiff
froth adding the sugar a teaspoonful at a time. Add the almonds, and stir
lightly. Drop the mixture, a dessertspoon at a time, on to well-oiled
paper, or, better still, rice-paper. Shape with a knife into small cakes
and put the half of a blanched almond into the centre of each. Bake in a
moderate oven.


Take the weight of two eggs in castor sugar and flour.

For a richer cake take the weight of two eggs in sugar and the weight of
one only in flour.

Well grease the cake-tin, and sprinkle with castor sugar until thoroughly
covered, and shake out any that remains loose.

Well whisk the eggs with a coiled wire beater. They must be quite stiff
when done. Add the sugar, a teaspoon at a time, while whisking. Or
separate the yolks and whites, beating the yolks and sugar together and
whisking the whites on a plate with a knife before adding to the yolks.
Lastly, dredge in the flour. Stir lightly, but do not beat, or the eggs
will go down. Pour mixture into tin, and bake about one hour in a moderate


1 oz. cane sugar, 3 ozs. nutter, 1 lb. flour, 1/4 lb. sultanas, a short
1/2 pint water.

Mix the flour and sugar; rub in the nutter; add sultanas; make it into a
dough with the water; roll out about 1/2 in. thick; form into scones; bake
in a moderate oven.


1 lb. flour, 6 ozs. nutter, 1/4 lb. sultanas, 1/4 lb. castor sugar, grated
lemon rind.

This cake is included especially for the non-users of milk and eggs. Of
course it does not turn out quite like the orthodox cake; some people
might even call it "puddeny," but it is not by any means unlike the
substantial household cake if the directions are minutely followed and the
baking well done. But if any attempt is made to make it rich, disaster
follows, and it becomes as heavy as the proverbial lead. Made as follows,
however, I am told it is quite common in some country places:--Beat the
nutter and sugar to a cream. Upon the amount of air incorporated during
this beating depends the lightness of the cake. Beat the flour into the
creamed nutter. Now add enough water to make cake of a consistency to not
quite drop off the spoon. Put the mixture into a greased hot qr. qtn. tin.
Put in a very hot oven until nicely brown. This will take from 20 minutes
to half an hour. Cover top with greased paper, and allow oven to get
slightly cooler. The baking will take from 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


Jam simply consists of fresh fruit boiled with a half to two-thirds its
weight of white cane sugar until the mixture jellies.

Nearly every housekeeper has her own recipe for jam. One that I know of
uses a whole pound of sugar to a pound of fruit and boils it for nearly
two hours. The result is a very stiff, sweet jam, much more like shop jam
than home-made jam. Its only recommendation is that it will keep for an
unlimited time. Some recipes include water. But unless distilled water can
be procured, it is better not to dilute the fruit. The only advantage
gained is an increase of bulk. The jam may be made just as liquid by using
rather less sugar in proportion to the fruit. A delicious jam is made by
allowing 1/2 lb. sugar to every pound of fruit and cooking for half an
hour from the time it first begins to boil. But unless this is poured
immediately into clean, hot, dry jars, and tied down very tightly with
parchment covers, it will not keep. Nevertheless, too much sugar spoils
the flavour of the fruit, and too long boiling spoils the quality of the
sugar. A copper or thick enamelled iron pan is needed.

The best recipe for ordinary use allows 3/4 lb. sugar to each pound fruit.
Put the fruit in the pan with a little of the sugar, and when this boils,
add the rest. Boil rather quickly for an hour. Keep well skimmed. Pour
into hot, dry jars, and cover.


For small, open tarts, the following mixture is a good substitute for the
lemon curd that goes to make cheese cakes. Peel, core and quarter some
juicy apples. Put in a double saucepan (or covered jar) with some strips
of lemon peel (yellow part only) and cane sugar to taste. Cook slowly to a
pulp and, when cold, remove the lemon rind. Grate finely, or mill some
Brazil nuts. Mix apple pulp and ground nut together in such proportions as
to make a mixture of the consistency of stiff jam. Fill tarts with mixture
and sprinkle top with ground nut. It must be used the same day as made.


To every pound of fresh fruit allow 1/2 lb. dates. Wash the fruit, put it
in the preserving pan, and heat slowly, stirring well to draw out the
juice. Wash and stone the dates. Add to the fruit, and simmer very gently
for 45 minutes. Put immediately into clean, hot, dry jars, and tie on
parchment covers at once.


1 lb. lump sugar, 3 lemons (the rinds of 2 grated), yolks of 6 eggs, 1/4
lb. butter.

Put the butter into a clean saucepan; melt, but do not let it boil. Add
the sugar, and stir until it is dissolved. Then add the beaten yolks, and,
lastly, the grated lemon rind and juice. Stir over a slow fire until the
mixture looks like honey and becomes thick. Put into jars, cover, and tie
down as for jam.


To 1 large Seville orange (if small, count 3 as 2) allow 3/4 lb. cane
sugar and 3/4 pint water. Wash and brush oranges, remove pips, cut peel
into fine shreds (better still, put through a mincer). Put all to soak in
the water for 24 hours. Boil until rinds are soft. Stand another 24 hours.
Add the sugar, and boil until marmalade jellies. If preferred, half sweet
and half Seville oranges may be used.


Peel the marrow, remove seeds, and cut into dice. To each pound of marrow
allow 1 lb. cane sugar; to every 3 lbs. of marrow allow the juice and
grated yellow part of rind of 1 lemon and 1/2 a level teaspoon ground
ginger. Put the marrow into the preserving pan, sprinkle well with some of
the sugar, and stand for 12 hours. Add the rest of the sugar, and boil
slowly for 2 hours. Add the lemon juice, rind, and ginger at the end of
1-1/2 hours.



Lettuce, tomatoes, mustard and cress, cucumber, olive or walnut oil, lemon

Wash the green stuff and finely shred it. Peel the cucumber, skin the
tomatoes (if ripe, the skins will come away easily) and cut into thin
slices. Place in the bowl in alternate layers. Let the top layer be
lettuce with a few slices of tomato for garnishing. Slices of hard-boiled
egg may be added if desired.

For the salad dressing, to every tablespoonful of oil allow 1 of lemon
juice. Drip the oil slowly into the lemon juice, beating with a fork all
the time. Pour over the salad.


Beetroot, mustard and cress, olive or walnut oil, lemon juice, cold

Chop the cold vegetables. French beans and potatoes make the nicest salad.
To every 2 cups of vegetables allow 1 cup of chopped beetroot. Mix well
together, and pour over salad dressing as for No. 1. A level teaspoonful
of pepper is added to a gill of the dressing by those who do not object to
its use.


Take sweet, ripe oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes. Peel the oranges,
quarter them, and remove skin and pips. Peel and core the apples and cut
into thin slices. Wash and dry the grapes, and remove from stalks. Skin
and slice the bananas.

Put the prepared fruit into a glass dish in alternate layers. Squeeze the
juice from 2 sweet oranges and pour over the salad.

Any other fresh fruit in season may be used for this salad. Castor sugar
may be sprinkled over if desired, and cream used in place of the juice.
Grated nuts are also a welcome addition.


12 lemons, 1 lb. lump sugar.

Put the sugar into a clean saucepan. Grate off the yellow part of the
rinds of 6 lemons and sprinkle over the sugar. Now moisten the sugar with
as much water as it will absorb. Boil gently to a clear syrup. Add the
juice from the lemons, stir well, and pour into clean, hot, dry bottles.
Cork tightly and cover with sealing-wax or a little plaster-of-Paris mixed
with water and laid on quickly. Add any quantity preferred to cold or hot
water to prepare beverage, or use neat as sauce for puddings.

5. LIME CORDIAL. The same as for Lemon, but use 13 limes.


The same as for Lemon, but use 3/4 lb. sugar.

A detailed list of Fruit and Herb Teas will be found in the companion
volume to this, "Food Remedies."


1 qt. milk, 6 tablespoons lemon juice.

Strain the lemon juice and pour it into the boiling milk. Lay a piece of
fine, well-scalded muslin over a colander. Pour the curdled milk into
this. When it has drained draw the edges of the muslin together and
squeeze and press the cheese. Leave it in the muslin in the colander, with
a weight on it for 12 hours. It will then be ready to serve.

This cheese is almost tasteless, and many people prefer it so. But if the
flavour of lemon is liked, use more lemon juice. The whey squeezed from
the cheese is a wholesome drink when quite fresh.



1 dessert spoon Robinson's "Patent" Barley, 1/2 a lemon, 3 lumps cane

Rub the lumps of sugar on the lemon until they are bright yellow in colour
and quite wet. (It is the fragrant juice contained in the yellow surface
of the lemon rind that gives the delicious lemon flavour without acidity.)
Mix the barley to a thin paste with a little cold water. This is poured
into a pint of boiling water, well stirred until it comes to the boil
again and then left to boil for five minutes, after which it is done. Add
the sugar and lemon juice.


Take one part of Hominy and 2-1/2 parts of water. Have the water boiling;
add the hominy and boil for fifteen minutes; keep stirring to keep from


1 dessert-spoon butter, 1 dessert-spoon white flour, hot water.

Melt the butter in a small iron saucepan or frying pan and sprinkle into
it the flour. Keep stirring gently with a wooden spoon until the flour is
a rich dark brown, but not burnt, or the flavour will be spoilt. Then add
very gently, stirring well all the time, rather less than half-a-pint of
hot water. Stir until the mixture boils, when it should be a smooth brown
gravy to which any flavouring may be added. Strained tomato pulp is a nice
addition, but a teaspoonful of lemon juice will suffice.


1 cup unpolished rice, 3 cups water, 2 cups fresh-shelled peas, 1
tablespoon finely chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, butter size of

Put the rice on in the water and bring gradually to the boil. Boil hard
for five minutes, stirring once or twice. Draw it to side of stove, where
it is comparatively cool, or, if a gas stove is used, put the saucepan on
an asbestos mat and turn the gas as low as possible. The water should now
gradually steam away, leaving the rice dry and well cooked.

Steam the peas in a separate pan. If young, about 20 minutes should be
sufficient; they are spoiled by over-cooking.

Add the cooked peas to the cooked rice, with the butter, parsley, and
lemon juice. Stir over the fire until the mixture is thoroughly hot.

Serve with or without tomato sauce and new potatoes.


1 small head celery, 1 large onion, 1 carrot, 1 turnip, 3 tablespoons
coarsely chopped parsley, P.R. Barley malt meal, Mapleton's or P.R. almond
or pine-kernel cream, 3 pints boiling water.

Well wash the vegetables and slice them, and add them with the parsley to
the boiling water. (The water should be distilled, if possible, and the
cooking done in a large earthenware jar or casserole. See notes _re_
casseroles in Chap. IV.) Simmer gently for 2 hours, or until quite soft.
Then strain through a hair sieve. Do not rub the vegetables through the
sieve to make a purée, simply strain and press all the juices out. The
vegetable juices are all wanted, but not the fibre. To each pint of this
vegetable broth allow 1 heaped tablespoon barley malt meal, 1 tablespoon
nut cream, and 1/2 lb. tomatoes. Mix the meal to a thin paste with some of
the cooled broth (from the pint). Put the rest of the pint in a saucepan
or casserole and bring to the boil. Add the meal and boil for 10 minutes.
Break up the tomatoes and cook slowly to a pulp (without water). Rub
through a sieve. (The skin and pips are not to be forced through.) Add
this pulp to the soup. Lastly mix the nut-cream to a thin cream by
dripping slowly a little water or cool broth into it, stirring hard with a
teaspoon all the time. Add this to the soup, re-heat, but do _not_ boil,

This soup is rather irksome to make, but is intensely nourishing and easy
of digestion. The pine-kernel cream is the more digestible of the two
creams. Care should be taken not to _cook_ these nut creams. If the soup
is for an invalid care should also be taken that, while getting all the
valuable vegetable juices, no skin or pips, etc., are included. The
vegetable broth may be prepared a day in advance, but it will not keep for
three days except in very cold weather. (When it is desired to keep soup
it should be brought to the boil with the lid of the stockpot or casserole
on, and put away without the lid being removed or the contents stirred.)


2 ozs. flour, 3-1/2 ozs. Robinson's "Patent" Groats, 2 ozs. castor sugar,
2 ozs. butter, 2 eggs.

Cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs, then the flour and groats, which
should be mixed together. Roll out thin and cut out with a cutter. Bake in
a moderate oven until a light colour.


1 heaped tablespoon Robinson's "Patent" Groats, 1 pint milk or water.

Mix the groats with a wineglassful of cold water, gradually added, into a
smooth paste, pour this into a stew-pan containing nearly a pint of
boiling water or milk, stir the gruel on the fire (while it boils) for ten


1/4 lb. macaroni, 1-1/2 ozs. cheese, 1/2 pint milk, 1 teaspoon flour,
butter, pepper.

The curled macaroni is the best among the ordinary kinds. Better still,
however, is the macaroni made with fine wholemeal flour which is stocked
by some food-reform stores. Parmesan cheese is nicest for this dish. Stale
cheese spoils it.

Wash the macaroni. Put it into fast-boiling water and keep boiling until
_very_ tender. Drain off the water and replace it with the 1/2 pint of
milk. Bring to the boil and stir in the flour mixed to a thin paste with
cold milk or water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Grate the cheese finely.

Butter a shallow pie-dish. Put the thickened milk and macaroni in
alternate layers with the grated cheese. Dust each layer with pepper, if
liked. Top with grated cheese. Put some small pieces of butter on top of
the grated cheese. Put in a very hot oven until nicely browned.


1/4 lb. butter, 1/2 lb. castor sugar, 1/2 lb. Manhu flour, 1 oz. rice
flour, 6 ozs. crystallised ginger, 4 eggs.

Cream butter and sugar, adding eggs, two at once, not beaten. Beat each
time after adding eggs, add rice flour, ginger, and lastly flour. Bake in
moderate oven.


1-1/2 teacupfuls of boiled Hominy (see below), 1 pint or less of sweet
milk, 1/2 teacupful of sugar, 2 eggs (well beaten), 1 teacupful of
raisins, spice to taste.

Mix together and bake twenty minutes in a moderately hot oven. Serve hot
with cream and sugar or sauce.


2 ozs. butter, 2 ozs. moist sugar, 6 ozs. best treacle, 1/2 lb. medium
oatmeal, 1/4 lb. flour, 1/2 oz. powdered ginger, grated rind of 1 lemon.

Some people prefer the addition of carraway seeds to lemon rind. If these
are used a level teaspoonful will be sufficient for the quantities given
above. The old-fashioned black treacle is almost obsolete now, and is
replaced commercially by golden syrup, many brands of which are very pale
and of little flavour. To make successful Parkin a good brand of pure cane
syrup is needed. I always use "Glebe." This is generally only stocked by a
few "high-class " grocers or large stores, but it is worth the trouble of
getting. Some Food Reform Stores stock molasses, and this was probably
used for the original Parkin. It is strongly flavoured and blacker than
black treacle, but its taste is not unpleasant. For the sugar, a good
brown moist cane sugar, like Barbados, is best. Put the treacle and butter
(or nutter) into a jar and put into a warm oven until the butter is
dissolved. Then stir in the sugar. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, ginger
and seeds or lemon rind. Pour the treacle, etc., into this, and mix to a
paste. Roll out lightly on a well-floured board to a 1/4 inch thickness.
Bake in a well-greased flat tin for about 50 minutes, in a rather slow
oven. To test if done, dip a skewer into boiling water, wipe, and thrust
into the Parkin; if it comes out clean the latter is done. Cut into
squares, take out of tin, and allow to cool.


1 lb. minced Protose, 1 lb. plain boiled rice, 1 small grated onion, 1/2
teaspoon sage.

Mix the ingredients with a little milk; shape into cutlets, using uncooked
macaroni for the bone, and bake in a moderate oven about 45 minutes.


1 breakfast-cupful Protose cubes, 1/3 breakfast cup minced celery, 1
hard-boiled egg, 3 small radishes, juice of 2 lemons.

Cut Protose into cubes, chop the hard-boiled egg, slice the radishes. Add
to the minced celery. Pour over these ingredients the lemon juice and
allow the mixture to stand for one hour. Serve upon fresh crisp lettuce.


3/4 lb. rice, 1/2 lb. cheese, 4 large onions.

Slice and fry the onions in a stew-pan in a little fat; when brown, add
1-1/2 pints water and the rice. Let it cook about an hour, and then add
the grated cheese.

This dish may be varied with tomatoes when in season.


1/2 lb. pine kernels, 2 medium-sized tomatoes, 1 medium onion, 2 new-laid

Wash, dry and pick over the pine kernels and put them through the
macerating machine. Skin and well mash the tomatoes. Grate finely the
onion. Mix all together and beat to a smooth batter. Whisk the eggs to a
stiff froth and add to the mixture. Pour into a greased pie-dish. Bake in
a moderate oven until a golden-brown colour. It should "rise" like a cake.
It may be eaten warm with brown gravy or tomato sauce, or cold with salad.


Slice one half-pound nuttolene into a baking dish, adding water enough to
cover nicely. Place it in the oven, and let it bake for an hour. A piece
of celery may be added to give flavour, or a little mint. When done,
thicken the water with a little flour, and serve.


Cheese, butter, bread, pepper.

Cut thin slices of cheese and put them with a little butter into a
saucepan. When well melted pour over hot well-buttered toast. Dust with
pepper. Put into a very hot oven for a few minutes and serve.


7 lbs. flour, salt to taste (about 3/4 ounce), 1 ounce yeast, 1-1/2 quarts
of warm water.

Put the flour into a pan or large basin, add salt to taste, and mix it
well in. Put the yeast with a lump of sugar into a small basin, and pour a
little of the _warm_ water on to if. Cold or hot water kills the yeast.
Leave this a little while until the yeast bubbles, then smooth out all
lumps and pour into a hole made in the middle of the flour. Pour in the
rest of the warm water, and begin to stir in the flour. Now begin kneading
the dough, and knead until the whole is smooth and damp, and leaves the
hand without sticking, which will take about 15 to 20 minutes. Time spent
in kneading is not wasted.

Set the pan in a warm place, covered with a clean cloth. Be careful not to
put the pan where it can get too hot. The fender is a good place, but to
the side of the fire rather than in front. Let it rise at least an hour,
but should it not have risen very much--say double the size--let it stand
longer, as the bread cannot be light if the dough has not risen

Now have a baking-board well floured, and turn all the dough on to it.
Have tins or earthenware pans, or even pie-dishes well greased. Divide the
dough, putting enough to half fill the pans or tins. Put these on the
fender to rise again for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake in a hot oven, about
350 degrees (a little hotter than for pastry).

Bake (for a loaf about 2 lbs. in a moderate oven) from 30 to 40 minutes.
Of course the time depends greatly on the size of the loaves and the heat
of the oven.

The above recipe produces the ordinary white loaf. Better bread would, in
my opinion, result from the use of a very fine wholemeal flour such as the
"Nu-Era," and the omission of salt.


The true unfired feeder is an ideal, _i.e.,_ he exists only in idea, at
least so far as my experience goes! To be truly consistent the unfired
feeder should live entirely on raw foods--fruit, nuts and salads. But most
unfired feeders utilise heat to a slight extent, although they do not
actually cook the food. In addition, most of them use various breadstuffs
and biscuits which, of course, are cooked food. "Unfired" bread is sold by
some health food stores, and is a preparation of wheat which has been
treated and softened by a gentle heat.

Cereals should never be eaten with fruit, but may be eaten with salads and
cheese. The mid-day meal of the unfired feeder should consist of nuts or
cheese and a large plate of well-chopped salad with some kind of dressing
over it; olive oil and lemon-juice or one of the nut-oils and lemon-juice.
Orange-juice or raw carrot-juice may be used if preferred. When extra
nourishment is desired a well-beaten raw egg may be mixed with the
dressing. Fresh cream may also be used as dressing.

Fruit is best taken at the evening meal, from 1-1/2 to 2 lbs. Nothing
should be taken with it except a little nut-cream or fresh cream and white
of egg.

Distilled water is a great asset to the unfired feeder, because it softens
dried fruits so much better than hard water. It can be manufactured at
home, or the "Still Salutaris" bought through a chemist or grocer. The
"Still Salutaris" water is about 1/3 per gallon jar. If the water is
distilled at home, a "Gem" Still will be needed. (The Gem Supplies Co.,
Ltd., 67, Southwark Street, London S.E.). It is best to use this over a
gas ring or "Primus" oil stove. The cost of the water comes out at about
one penny per gallon, according to the cost of the fuel used.

Distilled Water should never be put into metal saucepans or kettles, as it
is a very powerful solvent. A small enamelled kettle or saucepan should be
used for heating it, and it should be stored in glass or earthenware
vessels only. It should not be kept for more than a month, and should
always be kept carefully covered.

For salads it is not necessary to depend entirely upon the usual salad
vegetables, such as lettuce, endive, watercress, mustard and cress. The
very finely shredded hearts of raw Brussel sprouts are excellent, and even
the heart of a Savoy cabbage. Then the finely chopped inside sticks of a
tender head of celery are very good. Also young spinach leaves, dandelion
leaves, sorrel and young nasturtium leaves. The root vegetables should
also be added in their season, raw carrot, turnip, beet, onion and leek,
all finely grated. A taste for all the above-mentioned vegetables, eaten
raw, is not acquired all at once. It is best to begin by making the salad
of the ingredients usually preferred and mixing in a small quantity of one
or two of the new ingredients. For those who find salads very difficult to
digest, it is best to begin with French or cabbage lettuce and skinned
tomatoes only, or, as an alternative, a saucerful of watercress chopped
very finely, as one chops parsley.


Allow the juice of two medium-sized lemons to 1 quart of milk. Put the
milk and strained lemon-juice into an enamelled pan or fireproof casserole
and place over a gas ring or oil stove with the flame turned very low.
Warm the milk, but do not allow it to boil. When the milk has curdled
properly the curds are collected together, forming an "island" surrounded
by the whey, which should be a clear liquid. Lay a piece of cheese-cloth
over a colander and pour into it the curds and whey. Gather together the
edges of the cloth and hang up the curds to drain for at least thirty
minutes. Then return to the colander (still in cloth) and put a small
plate or saucer (with a weight on top) on the cheese. It should be left
under pressure for at least one hour. This cheese will keep two days in
cold weather, but must be made fresh every day in warm weather. The milk
used should be some hours old, as quite new milk will not curdle. The
juice from one lemon at a time should be put into the milk, as the staler
the milk the less juice will be needed. _Too much_ juice will prevent
curdling as effectually as too little.

This cheese is greatly improved by the addition of fresh cream. Allow two
tablespoonsful of cream to the cheese from one quart of milk. Mash the
cheese with a fork and lightly beat the cream into it.

_Note_. Cheese-cloth, sometimes known as cream-cloth, may be bought at
most large drapers' shops at from 6d. to 8d. per yard. One yard cuts into
four cloths large enough for straining the cheese from one quart of milk.
Ordinary muslin is not so useful as it is liable to tear. Wash in warm
water (no soap or soda), then scald well.


These should be well washed in lukewarm water and examined for worms'
eggs, etc. Then cover with distilled water and let stand for 12 hours or
until quite soft and swollen. Prunes, figs, and raisins are all nice
treated in this way.


2 tablespoons fresh cream, the white of 1 egg.

Put the white of egg on to a plate and beat to a stiff froth with the flat
of a knife. (A palette knife is the best.) Then beat the cream into it.
This makes a nourishing dressing for either vegetable salad or fruit
salad. Especially suitable for invalids and persons of weak digestion.


Wash the kernels and dry well in a clean cloth. Spread out on the cloth
and carefully pick over for bad kernels or bits of hard shell. Put through
the macerator of the nut-butter mill. Well mix with the beaten pulp of a
raw tomato (first plunge it into boiling water for a few minutes, after
which the skin is easily removed). Raw carrot juice, or any other
vegetable or fruit juice pulp may also be used.


Well scrub a medium sized carrot and grate it to a pulp on an ordinary
tinned bread grater. Put the pulp into a cheese cloth and squeeze out the
juice into a cup.


Cut moderately thin slices of white bread. Put into a moderate oven and
bake until a golden colour.

Granose biscuits warmed in the oven until crisp serve the same purpose as
twice-baked bread, _i.e.,_ a cereal food in which the starch has been
dextrinised by cooking. But the biscuits being soft and flaky can be
enjoyed by those for whom the twice-baked bread would be too hard.


If possible sieve all flour before measuring, as maggots are _sometimes_
to be found therein; also because tightly-compressed flour naturally
measures less than flour which has been well shaken up.

1 lb. = 16 ozs. = 3 teacupsful or 2 breakfastcupsful, closely filled, but
not heaped.

1/2 lb. = 8 ozs. = 1 breakfastcupful, closely filled, but not heaped.

1/4 lb. = 4 ozs. = 1 teacupful, loosely filled.

1 oz. = 2 tablespoonsful, filled level.

1/2 oz. = 1 tablespoonful, filled level.

1/4 oz. = 1 dessertspoonful, filled level.

4 gills = 1 pint = 3-1/2 teacupsful, or nearly 2 breakfastcupsful.

1 gill = 1 small teacupful.

10 unbroken eggs weigh about 1 lb.

1 oz. butter = 1 tablespoon heaped as much above the spoon as the spoon
rounds underneath.


BAKING DISHES.--Earthenware are the best.

BREAD GRATER.--The simple tin grater, price 1d., grates bread, vegetables,
lemon rind, etc.

BASINS.--Large for mixing, small for puddings, etc.

EGG SLICE.--For dishing up rissoles, etc.

EGG WHISK.--The coiled wire whisk, price 1d. or 2d., is the best.

FOOD CHOPPER.--See that it has the nut-butter attachment.

FRYING BASKET and stew-pan to fit.

FRYING AND OMELET PANS.--Cast aluminium are the best.


JARS.--Earthenware jars for stewing.

JUGS.--Wide-mouthed jugs are easiest to clean.


LEMON SQUEEZER.--The glass squeezer is the best.




PALETTE KNIFE.--For beating white of egg, scraping basins, etc.



PRESERVING PAN.--Copper or enamelled.


SAUCEPANS.--Cast aluminium are the best.


SIEVES.--Hair and wire.

STILL.--For distilling water.


TINS.--Cake tin, qr. qtn. tin, vegetable and pastry cutters.


The menus given below do not follow the conventional lines which ordain
that a menu shall include, at least, soup, savoury and sweet dishes. The
hardworking housewife can afford neither the time nor the material to
serve up so many dishes at one meal; and the wise woman does not desire to
spend any more time and material on the needs of the body than will
suffice to keep it strong and healthy. Lack of space will not allow me to
include many menus. I have only attempted to give the barest suggestions
for two weeks. But a study of the rest of the book will enable anyone to
extend and elaborate them. Three meals a day are the most that are
necessary, and no woman desires to cook more than once a day. If possible
the cooked meal should be the mid-day one. Late dinners may be
fashionable, but they are not wholesome. If the exigencies of work make
the evening meal the principal one, let it be taken as early as possible.


It often happens that while the father of a family needs his dinner when
he comes home in the evening, it is necessary to provide a mid-day dinner
for the others, especially if children are included. Many housewives thus
go to the labour of preparing a hot dinner twice a day, but this may be
avoided if the following directions are carefully carried out:--Prepare
the mid-day meal as if the father were at home, and serve him first. Put
his portion--savoury, vegetables and gravy--in one soup plate, and cover
it immediately with another. Do the same with the pudding, and put both
dishes away in the pantry. A good hour before they are wanted put into a
warm oven. (If a gas oven is used, see that there is plenty of hot water
in the floor pan.)

When quite hot the food should not be in the least dried up. This is
ensured by having the oven warm, but not hot, warming up the food slowly,
and, in the first place, covering closely with the soup plate while still
hot, so that the steam does not escape. I have eaten many dinners saved
for me in this way, and should never have known they were not just cooked
if I had not been told. Of course, a boiled plain pudding or plum pudding
can be returned to its basin and steamed and extra gravy saved and
reheated in the tureen.


The cook needs a day of rest once a week as well as other people. And this
should be on a Sunday if possible, so that she may participate in the
recreations of the other members of her family. This is more easily
attainable in summer than in winter, for in hot weather many persons
prefer a cold dinner. But even in winter, soups, vegetable stews, nut
roasts, baked fruit pies, and boiled puddings can all be made the day
before. They will all reheat without spoiling in the least.

Monday is the washing-day in many households, and no housewife wants to
cook on that day. In flesh-eating households cold meat forms the staple
article of diet. The vegetarian housewife cannot do better than prepare a
large plain pudding on the Saturday, boil it for two hours, put it away in
its basin, and boil it two hours again on Monday; with what is left over
from Sunday, this will probably be sufficient for Monday's dinner.


A sufficient breakfast may consist simply of bread and nut butter, with
the addition of an apple or other fresh fruit. A good substitute for tea
and coffee is a fruit soup. Where porridge and milk are taken, this would
probably not be needed. Eggs, cooked tomatoes, marmalade, and grated nuts
are all welcome additions.


If tea is taken, let it be as weak as possible. Do not let it stand for
more than three minutes after making, but pour it immediately off from the
leaves into another pot. See that the latter is hot.

Some of the simpler savoury dishes (omelets, etc.) may be taken at this
meal if desired. Also lentil and nut pastes, salads, Wallace cheese,
raisin bread, oatcake, sweet cakes and biscuits, jams, etc.


SUNDAY.--Hot nut roast and brown gravy; steamed potatoes and cabbage;
fruit tart and custard.

MONDAY.--Cold nut roast and salad; bubble and squeak; plain pudding and
golden syrup.

TUESDAY.--Haricot rissoles and tomato sauce; baked potatoes; milk pudding
and stewed fruit, or apple and tapioca pudding.

WEDNESDAY.--Lentil soup; jam roll.

THURSDAY.--Lentil soup; fig pudding.

FRIDAY.--Hot pot; roasted pine kernels; steamed potatoes and cauliflowers;
railway pudding.

SATURDAY. Irish stew; boiled rice and stewed prunes.

SUNDAY. Vegetable stew; batter pudding; steamed potatoes and cauliflower;
summer pudding.

MONDAY. Stewed lentils; baked tomatoes or onions, and sauté potatoes; milk
pudding and stewed fruit.

TUESDAY.--Stewed celery or other vegetable in season; roasted pine
kernels; mashed potatoes; apple dumplings.

WEDNESDAY.--Barley broth; treacle pudding.

THURSDAY.--Barley broth; Bombay pudding.

FRIDAY.--Macaroni and tomatoes; chip potatoes; nut pastry.

SATURDAY.--Toad-in-the-hole; baked potatoes; jam tart.

NOTE. The same soup is indicated on two consecutive days in order to save
labour. Few persons object to the same dish twice if it is not to be
repeated again for some time. And unless the family be very large, it is
as easy to make enough soup for two days as for one.


Almonds, Roasted
Apple, Charlotte
  and Tapioca
Apples, Stewed
Barley Broth
  Cream of
Barley Water
Batter Pudding
Beef Tea Substitute
Bombay Pudding
Bread, Cold Water
  Hot Water
  Twice Bated
Bread and Fruit Pudding
Broad Beans
Browning for Gravies and Sauces
Brussels Sprouts
Bubble and Squeak
Buttered Eggs
  Rice and Peas
Cake Mixture
  Corn, Wine and Oil Cakes
Cake, Madeira
  Sussex (without eggs)
Cakes, Small
  Juice (Raw)
Casserole Cookery
Chestnut, Boiled
Chocolate Jelly
Cocoanut Biscuits
Cornflour Shape
"Corn, Wine and Oil" Cake
Currant Sandwich
Curry Powder
Curried Eggs
  German Lentils
Custard, Boiled
Date Pudding
Devilled Eggs
Distilled Water
Dried Fruits
Egg Boiled for Invalids
Egg Bread
Egg, Cream
  Poached on Tomato
  Scrambled with Tomato
Fancy Biscuits
Fig Pudding
French Beans
French Soup
Fruit Nut Filling
Fruit Salad
Fruit Soup
Gem Bread
German Lentil Curry
Ginger Nuts
Gravy, Brown and Thick
Green Peas
Haricot Beans, Boiled
Hogan Custard
Hominy, Boiled
  (Manhu) Pudding
Hot Pot
Irish Stew, Vegetarian
  Vegetable Marrow
  Without Sugar
Jelly, Chocolate
  Raspberry and Currant
Lemon Cordial
  Short Cake
Lentil and Leek Pie
Lentils, Stewed
Lime Juice Cordial
Macaroni Cheese
  and Tomato
Manhu Health Cake
Meat Substitutes
Milk Pudding
Mushroom and Tomato
Nut Cookery
  and Lentil Roast
  Roast, Royal
Nuttolene, Stewed
Oatmeal Biscuits
Omelet, Plain
Onions, Baked--Fried--Steamed
Orange Cordial
Parsley Sauce
Pastry, to make
Pastry, Nut
Pea Soup
Pine Kernels, Roasted
Pine Kernel Cheese
Plain Pudding
Plum Pudding (Christmas)
Poached Eggs on Tomato
Potatoes Baked, Chips,  Fried, Mashed, Sauté, Steamed
Potato Soup
P.R. Soup
Protose Cutlets
Railway Pudding
Raisin Loaf
Raspberry and Currant  Jelly
Rice, Boiled
  and Egg Fritters
  Buttered and Peas
Sago Soup
Sago Shape
Sauce, Brown
Savoury Dishes
Scarlet Runner
Scones, Sultana
Sea Kale
Soup, Barley
Soup, French
  P. R.
  Vegetable Stock
Summer Pudding
Sunday and Monday
Treacle Pudding
Unfired Food
Useful Utensils
Vegetable Curry
    and Nut Roast
Vegetables, to Cook
Wallace Cheese
Warming Up
Weights and Measures
Welsh Rarebit
Xmas Pudding
Yeast Bread
Yorkshire Pudding (see Batter)

Concerning Advertisements.

The Publisher of the "Healthy Life Cook Book" desires to make the
advertisement pages as valuable and helpful as the subject-matter of the
book. To this end, instead of following the usual plan of first "catching"
the advertisement, and then requesting the author of the book to "puff"
it, he only solicits advertisements from those firms that the author
already deals with and here conscientiously recommends.

T. J. Bilson & Co.

I have dealt with this firm for some years with perfect satisfaction. They
stock all the goods mentioned in this book, and I should like to draw
special attention to their unpolished rice and seedless raisins, both of
which are exceptionally good. To those about to invest in a Food-Chopper I
would recommend the 5/- size. The other is inconveniently small.


Emprote and the other proteid foods produced by the Eustace Miles Proteid
Foods Ltd., is a valuable asset to the vegetarian beginner, who too often
tries to subsist upon a dietary deficient in assimilable proteid.


The Energen Foods are another very useful asset to the vegetarian
suffering from deficiency of proteid in his dietary and those who are
unable to digest starchy foods.

Food Reform Restaurant.

I have often enjoyed meals at the above restaurant. They cater, and cater
well, for the ordinary Vegetarian, but with a little care in the selection
of the menu, abstainers from salt, fermented bread, etc., can also obtain
a satisfactory meal.

"The Healthy Life."

I cannot "conscientiously" recommend _The Healthy Life_, as I happen to be
one of its Editors and therefore might be biassed. I may, however, mention
the valuable work contributed to it by Dr. Knaggs and Mr. Saxon.

"Herald of Health."

This Magazine may be said to be the pioneer among "food-reform" papers and
I owe to it my own introduction to most of the more advanced ideas about
food-reform. It never fails to be interesting and instructive.

The Home Restaurant.

The Home Restaurant is run throughout by women and may therefore be said
to represent the Women's Movement in Food-Reform! I would especially
recommend its homemade cakes and biscuits.

Mrs. Hume--Loughtonhurst.

I have spent several holidays with Mrs. Hume and enjoyed them thoroughly.
She provides an excellent vegetarian menu and will make unfermented bread
and procure distilled water for those food-reformers who desire them.

I. H. Co.

I continually recommend the saltless "Granose" as a dextrinised cereal.
The International Health Association is a most useful institution to both
extremes of the food reform movement. The unfired feeder enjoys Granose
Biscuit with his salad, while the beginner who thinks longingly of his
flesh food is consoled by Protose and Nuttolene.

Keen, Robinson & Co.

Robinson's Barley is excellent for making barley water quickly, and the
groats are very much to be preferred to the ordinary loose fine oatmeal
which inevitably contains a quantity of dust, and through exposure
acquires a bitter taste. Robinson's Groats is specially prepared oatmeal
put up in tins.

Manhu Food Co., Ltd.

The cereal foods of this Company are particularly valuable to those whose
digestive powers are weak. Being rolled or flaked they are very easily
cooked. In some of the foods the starch has been changed so that sufferers
from diabetes may use them.

Mapleton's Nut Foods.

Their Nutter is quite the best vegetable cooking fat on the market. An
objection to vegetable cooking fats, often cited by cooks, is their
hardness, which makes them difficult to use for pastry. But Nutter is as
soft as ordinary butter. The nut table butters are also very good,
especially the uncoloured varieties labelled "Wallaceite."

National Anti-Vaccination League.

At first sight it may not seem that anti-vaccination has anything in
common with Food Reform. But anti-vaccination is concerned with healthy
living of which pure feeding is a part. The above League is doing a great
educational work.

Pitman Health Food Co.

This firm is extremely enterprising and is managed by a most enthusiastic
Food Reformer. The several varieties of their "Vegsal" soups are very good
and particularly useful to the cook who is pressed for time.

Salutaris Water Co., Ltd.

Salutaris Water is pure distilled water the use of which is, in my
opinion, of very great importance. This subject is discussed at length in
my little book "Distilled Water."

G. Savage & Sons.

This firm has done and is doing a special and excellent work for Food
Reform. Besides being an up-to-date stores, they are the proprietors of
many very good preparations such as then "Nu-Era" wholemeal flour and
unpolished rice, Minerva olive oil, powder-o-nuts (rissole mixture), etc.
They pay carriage on 5/- orders and upwards.


The founder of the fruit stores was known as the "Fruit King," and the
present proprietor maintains the same standard of excellence. In addition
he has established a health stores and restaurant. And I am pleased to
note that he has made arrangements to supply the special kitchen utensils
needed by the Food Reform cook.

Wallace P.R. Foods.

These, although the last on the list, are not the least in point of value.
The Wallace Bakery is the only one in existence which supplies bread,
cakes, etc., made with very fine wholemeal flour, and entirely free from
yeast and baking powder. The firm also supplies jams, marmalade, etc.,
made with fruit and cane sugar, and entirely free from preservatives.

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88, Gray's Inn Road, London, W.C.

_Importers of, and Dealers in Dried Fruits, Nuts and Colonial Produce._



AGAR AGAR (Vegetable Gelatine).



Unequalled for Cooking Purposes.

Agents for the IDA NUT MILL, which is the best mill ever offered for
grinding all kinds of nuts, cheese, etc.

*Agents for MAPLETON'S and all Health Food Preparations*.

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*DON'T* make the mistake, which haphazard vegetarians so often do, of
simply missing out the meat and taking "the rest." Not one in a hundred
can thrive on a diet of vegetables, stewed fruit, puddings and bread and
butter. Begin right and you will make a splendid success.

*By far the easiest, safest and best way* is to use "Emprote" as the
basis, or principal nourishing ingredient, of any dish that replaces meat.

"EMPROTE" is a beautifully prepared proteid powder-food, more nourishing
than meat and entirely free from all impurities. Its uses are almost
innumerable, but the chief points are (1) that it can be used without any
preparation at all, if necessary, and (2) that it has been proved, in
thousands of instances, to be a perfectly adequate and very easily
digested substitute for flesh-foods of all kinds. It has enabled all sorts
of men and women, under all sorts of conditions, to make a splendid
success of sensible food reform. Supplied by up-to-date Health Food
Stores, in tins, 1s. 10d.

_(N.B.--E.M. Popular Proteid is similar to Emprote, but less concentrated
and a little cheaper.)_

Write to-day to

FREE BOOKLET "How to Begin," a FREE SAMPLE of "EMPROTE," and Complete
Price List, mentioning _The Healthy Life Cook Book_.

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invalids and those requiring a highly nutritious, strength-giving diet.

Specially recommended In oases of DIABETES, GOUT, RHEUMATISM, OBESITY, AND

At all Stores and Chemists,

_Sole Makers_,

The Therapeutic Foods Co.

39, Bedford Chambers, Covent Garden, W.C.


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1, 2 and 3, FURNIVAL STREET, HOLBORN, E.C. (Opposite Gray's Inn Road, next
door to Roneo, Ltd.)


to 8. Saturdays: 7 in Winter, 3 in Summer.

Four Rooms Seating 100; One 60; One 12; To Let for Afternoon or Evening

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_Editor of "Herald of Health Quarterly."_ (SPECIMEN COPY SENT ON

Physianthropy. The Home Cure and Eradication of Disease. 168 pgs. 8d.
Cloth 1s. 2-1/2d.

Salt in its Relation to Health and Disease. 18 pgs, 1-1/2d.

Mary Jane's Experiences Among Those Vegetarians. 72 pgs. 7d. Cloth, 1s.

The Drink Mania, its Cause and Only Cure. 36 pgs. 2d.

History of Ideal Toilet Cream for Vegetarians, Fruitarians, Hygienists,
and Wallace-ites; also of Curative Ointments. 11 pgs. Price 1-1/2d.


Fermentation: The Primary Cause of Disease in Man and Animals. 8 pgs.

Cholera: Its Prevention and Cure, and Home Nursing of Cases. By C. L. H.
W, 22 pgs. 2-1/2d.

The Necessity of Small Pox in Nature as an Eradicator of Disease. Its
Rational Scientific Treatment. l-1/2d.


_Formerly Prof. of Chem. in the University of Tokio, and Director of the
Chem. Lab. of Geological Club in Japan_.

*The Wallace System of Cure* in Children's Diseases and in Diphtheria.
English Translation. _New Edit_. Editorial Introduction and Portrait of
Joseph Wallace. 38 pgs. 3d.

*London: The "Herald of Health" Offices, 11, SOUTHAMPTON ROW, W.C.*

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An Object Lesson in Sensible Food Reform

--That is how one regular customer describes the excellent meals served
daily in the quiet, restful, unpretentious, and admirably managed

Home Restaurant

31, Friday Street (between Cannon Street & Queen Victoria Street), LONDON,


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BOURNEMOUTH is ideal for change and rest at almost any time of the year.
Food Reformers will find a comfortable home in a most delightful
situation, near Cliffs, Chine and Winter Gardens at Loughtonhurst.

Liberal table. Inclusive terms from 30/- per week. Electric Light. Massage
by Qualified Masseur. Electric Light Ray Bath. Station: Bournemouth West.
Telephone: 976 Bournemouth.



Mrs. HUME, _Proprietress_.

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Are the very Basis of Food Reform

They were the pioneers of the movement in this country and STILL STAND

_Following are a few of our Specialities_:


Acknowledged to be the most valuable family food of its kind. Granose is
wheat in the form of crisp, delicate flakes, thoroughly cooked and so
rendered highly digestible. While it is given to very young infants with
great success it is an all-round family food and is increasing in
popularity everywhere.

Free samples supplied to _bona-fide_ inquirers.


A delicious substitute for meat, guaranteed to be free from all chemical
impurities. Thoroughly cooked, highly nutritious, and digestible. Made
entirely from choice nuts and wheat.


Makes superior porridge in one minute: also good as a basis for vegetarian
"Roasts." Children are delighted with it for breakfast. Very nourishing.


Without doubt the most delicate and tempting substitute for meat pastes.
Makes excellent sandwiches and is capable of a variety of uses.


A wholesome beverage made entirely from cereals. Should be used in place
of tea and ordinary coffee.


The distinguishing feature of our biscuits is that they are absolutely
pure, nourishing and digestible. We make a variety combining wholesomeness
with palatableness.

Everybody who studies his health should become acquainted with our Health
Foods, for they are *manufactured in the interests of health and NOT
merely for profit.*

Ask your dealer for our complete Price List or send direct to the

*International Health Association, Ltd.


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British Manufacture


In 2 lb. packets.

An Appetising Breakfast Food, Quickly Cooked, EASILY ASSIMILATED, where
DIGESTION is weak, a Natural Remedy for Constipation


More easily digested than ordinary Wholemeal.

Can be baked without kneading.


Pure Wholesome Foods for Porridge, Puddings, etc.

Very easily cooked.


Manhu Diabetic Foods

Starch-changed, Palatable, Inexpensive.

Supplied at all Health Food Stores. Nearest Agents with Price Lists on


Vauxhall Mills, Blackstock Street, LIVERPOOL,
23, Mount Pleasant, LONDON, W.C.

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Some Reasons why YOU should support the National Anti-Vaccination League.

BECAUSE it works for the abolition of one of the most absurd, yet
disgusting, superstitions that has ever plagued mankind.

BECAUSE those who will not take animal flesh into their mouths should not
allow animal poisons to be inserted into their blood.

BECAUSE by the abolition of vaccination, the way is made clear for
attending to sanitation, and adopting a better way of living.

BECAUSE by doing so you will help to free our soldiers and sailors from
the burden of compulsion, which they detest, which frequently causes
serious illness, occasionally even death, and hinders recruiting.

BECAUSE as fast as the numbers of those vaccinated in the United Kingdom
have decreased, the smallpox death rate has fallen.

BECAUSE in the production of vaccine lymph, calves are subjected to severe

BECAUSE the League has no large endowments or Government grants.

Write Miss L. LOAT, _Secretary,_


27, Southampton Street, Strand, London, W.C.

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Don't mistake it for a high-class fish paste, it being made from the
finest products of the Vegetable Kingdom, of superior flavour and free
from preservatives. Will keep indefinitely opened or unopened. Makes
delicious sandwiches.* 4-1/2d. per glass.


An ideal quickly prepared dish in place of Meat. appetising, nutritious,
sustaining. Full directions on cartons. 2-1/2d. per 1/4-lb. packet, 9d.
per 1-lb. packet.


Savoury or Tomato. A delightful combination of "Pitman" Nut Meats (the
outcome of years of research to produce unique, delicately flavoured,
well-balanced, and highly nutritious foods, each a perfect substitute for
flesh meat), and pure, carefully seasoned vegetable jelly, so blended to
make an appetising and nutritious dish. Per tin, 1/2-lb., 6d.; 1-lb.,
10-1.2d.: 1-1/2-lb., 1s. 2d.


Makes 1 pint of Rich Nourishing Soup for 3d. MADE IN TWELVE VARIETIES:
Asparagus, Brown Haricot, Celery. Green Pea, Lentil, Mulligatawny,
Mushroom, Nuto, Nuto Cream, Nutmarto, Spinach, Vigar. 2-oz. tin (1 pint),
3d.; 1-doz. assorted tins in box, 3s.; 1-lb. tins, 1s. 8d.; 7-lb, tins,
10s. 6d.

_Ask your Stores for them, or_

Assorted Orders of 5s. value carriage paid.

_From the Sole Manufacturers_


Full catalogue of Health Foods. Diet Guide, and copy of "Aids to the
Simpler Diet," post free, two stamps_.

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The Health-giving Table Water



Aerated or Still.


"AD" brand of Distilled Water for Cooking Purposes.

Made only by the SALUTARIS Water Co., Ltd., 236, Fulham Rd., London.

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The Supremely Digestible Wholemeal Flour "Nu-Era" (regd.)

The very best wheat the world produces ground between stones to an
exceeding fineness so that the resulting meal is free from all irritating
properties--and containing the full food-value of the ripened grain. Can
be used in place of white flour for all purposes, with immense benefits to
flavour _and_ to health. Supplied only in sealed linen bags containing
3-lbs. and 7-lbs.

For prices, particulars, and carriage terms, apply to--

_G. SAVAGE & SONS_, Purveyors of Pure Food, 53, ALDERSGATE ST., LONDON,

_See also our advertisement on opposite page_


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