The following recipes and household tip are taken from The ‘Allied Forces’ Cookery Book in aid of the Red Cross Fund – Ceylon, November 1917 and, although we have not tested them ourselves, we thought we would share them with you…
3 large lemons
1 litre boiling water
- Peel the lemons very thinly using only the yellow part of the rind.
- Then remove the pith and cut the pulp into thin slices, removing the pips.
- Put the pulp into a jug with as much of the rind as is liked.
- Add the sugar and pour over the boiling water. More sugar or water may be added afterwards to taste.
- When cool, strain and bottle.
Cooking for Invalids: Strong Beef Tea
- Take one pound of beef, freed of fat and bone, cut into small squares but do not mince it, and place it in an earthenware jar with a pint of cold water.
- Secure the lid, and place the jar in a saucepan of hot water; leave to simmer at the side of the fire for three or four hours, strain through muslin and squeeze out all the beef tea from the meat; add a pinch of salt to the beef tea before setting it aside to cool.
About a tea cup full is enough nourishment for an invalid at a time.
Household Hints and Tips
To clean marble washstands:
- Take 2ozs washing soda, 1oz powdered pumice stone, 1oz powdered chalk.
- Pound together and pass through a sieve.
- Take some of this powder and make it into a paste with cold water.
- Rub it well over the surface of the marble and leave it on for 12 or 18 hours.
- Then wash off well with soap and very hot water, and rub the marble dry with a woollen cloth.