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Method.—Wash and dry the liver, chop it finely, and pass it through a wire sieve. Chop the pork or bacon finely, mix it with the liver, add the onion, sage, and a liberal seasoning of salt and pepper. Mix well together, three-quarters fill the skins with the preparation, place in boiling water, and simmer gently for ½ an hour. The sausages may be used fresh, but if preferred smoked, they should be hung for 2 or 3 days in the smoke of a peat or wood fire. The sausages may be eaten without further cooking, or, if preferred, they may be fried and served hot.

Time.—To boil, ½ an hour; to smoke, 2 or 3 days. Average Cost, 2s. 3d. to 2s. 6d. Seasonable at any time.

746.—MINCED VEAL. (Fr.Hachis de Veau.)

Ingredients. 1½ lb. of cold veal, 1 pint of white sauce (see Sauces), forcemeat balls, the grated rind of ½ a lemon, 1 teaspoonful of lemon-juice, salt and pepper.

Method.—Remove all skin and gristle, cut the meat into very small pieces, but do not chop it. Make the white sauce as directed, add to it the lemon-rind and lemon-juice, season to taste, put in the meat, cover closely, and let it remain in the sauce for ½ an hour WITHOUT BOILING. Serve on a hot dish, garnished with the forcemeat balls and slices of lemon.

Time.—To prepare and cook, from 1 to 1¼ hours. Average Cost, 1s. 9d. to 2s. Sufficient for 4 or 5 persons.

The Calf a Symbol of Divine Power.—Among the Egyptians the ox was regarded a symbol of the god Osiris, and was represented with a disc symbolical of the sun, one of the forms under which Osiris, the husband of Isis and father of Horus, and the source of all beneficent agencies to mankind, was represented. The sacred bull Apis was supposed to be animated with the soul of Osiris; special reverence being accorded to the Apis for this reason. From the Egyptians the Israelites adopted the worship of the calf, which incurred the displeasure of Jehovah, and drew down upon the people the stern denunciations of the prophets. It has been the subject of considerable controversy whether the Jews intended the golden calf and the calves of Jeroboam as the symbol of Osiris, or as a cherubic representation of the Elohim, the Almighty Intelligence which brought the Israelites out of Egypt.

747.—MINCED VEAL WITH MACARONI. (Fr.Hachis aux Macaroni.)

Ingredients.—¾ of a lb. of cold roast veal finely-minced, 3 ozs. of ham finely-minced, 4 ozs. of breadcrumbs, 4 ozs. of macaroni, 2 tablespoonfuls of good gravy, 1 large or 2 small eggs, butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper, gravy.

Method.—Mix the veal, ham and breadcrumbs together, add salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to taste, moisten with the gravy, and as much beaten egg as is necessary to bind the mixture together. Boil the macaroni in salted water until tender, but not broken, and arrange it at the bottom and sides of a well-buttered mould or basin in some simple form, such as trellis or stripes. Cut the remainder