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bit of butter, a sprinkle of pepper, and a thickening made of one tea- spoonful of flour or cornstarch, wet up with a little milk ; when this boils up, turn over a slice of dipped toast.
BREAK in pieces three or four hard crackers that are baked quite brown, and let them boil fifteen minutes in one quart of water; then remove from the fire, let them stand three or four minutes, strain off the liquor through a fine wire sieve, and season it with sugar.
This is a nourishing beverage for infants that are teething, and with the addition of a little wine and nutmeg, is often prescribed for invalids recovering from a fever.
PUT three gills of water and one tablespoonful of white sugar on the fire, and just before it boils add two tablespoonfuls of the crumbs of stale white bread, stir it well, and let it boil three or four minutes, then add one glass of white wine, a grated lemon and a little nutmeg ; let it boil up once, then remove it from the fire, and keep it closely covered until it is wanted for use.
PUT a teaspoonful of powdered slippery-elm into a tumbler, pour cold water upon it, and season with lemon and sugar.
TOAST WATER, OR CRUST COFFEE,
TAKE stale pieces of crusts of bread, the end pieces of the loaf, toast them a nice, dark brown, care to be taken that they do not burn in the least, as that affects the flavor. Put the browned crusts into a large milk pitcher, and pour enough boiling water over to cover them ; cover the pitcher closely, and let steep until cold. Strain, and sweeten to taste ; put a piece of ice in each glass.
This is also good, drank warm with cream and sugar, similar to
PLAIN MILK TOAST.
CUT a thin slice from a loaf of stale bread, toast it very quickly, sprinkle a little salt over it, and pour upon it three tablespoonfuls of boiling milk or cream. Crackers split and toasted in this manner, are often very grateful to an invalid,