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The Home Circle.

JUST THIS DAY. Just this day in all I do. To be true ; Little loaf takes little leaven. Duty for this day, not seven. That is all of earth and heaven, If we knew. Oh, how needlessly we gaze Down the days. Troubled for next week, next year. Overlooking now and here. “Heart/’ the'only sure, is near, Wisdom says. Step by step, and clay by day, All the way. So the pilgrim's soul wins through, I’ind.s each morn the strength to do All God asks or me or you— This obey. —Selected. RECIPES. —Bread Sauce. — Required : Half a pint of milk, one small onion, two cloves, two tablespoonfuls of white crumbs, half an ounce of butter, salt and pepper. Put the milk in a pan on a fire with the onion and two cloves stuck in it. When it boils shako in the crumbs, acid the butter, and let all simmer -gently for about ten minutes. Then take out the onion, and cloves, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix it well, and serve in a hot tureen. —Curried Mutton.— Ingredients ; The remains of the mutton, a pound of onions, a couple •of apples, a tablespoonful of curry powder, salt. Method : Slice the onions in thin rings, and pul them into a stewpan with a little butter, and let them brown. Then add about half a pint of slock or water. Mix the curry powder to a smooth paste with a little vinegar, and when the stock boils stir in the curry powder. Pare and cut up the apples and add them. Cut up the meat, and after the curry has been boiling for half an hour, put it in. Let it simmer gently after the meat is added. Season, and if too sour, add a little sugar. Let it cook for another half hour ; thicken with flour, and serve with a border of boiled rice round the dish. —Fish Darioles. — Take the remains of any cold fish, remove the skin and bone, separate it with a fork into fairly large flakes, and season with pepper, salt, and chopped parsley. Butter some, small darioles moulds and three-parts fill them with the fish, faking care not to pack them too closely. Make a custard with two eggs and hall a pint of milk ; till up each mould with this, and cover the top with greased paper. Stand the moulds in a frying pain containing boiling water reaching half way up the moulds-, and steam very slowly till the custard is set. Turn out carefully, garnish, and add sauce to taste. Serve hot. —Apple Ginger.—s Quarter and core some sound, clean apples. To every pound of these add three-quarters of a pound of the best brown sugar, and -to every -I pounds of apples allow one ounce of whole ginger. Beat the latter until it becomes soft and stringy. Put a layer of apples in a dry earthenware [Jan, and then a sprinkling of ginger, and then a. thick layer of sugar, and so on until all is used. Ix 4 these remain in the pan 48 hours, then put all into a preserving pan with a teacupful or more of water. Boil for half an hour, stirring all the time ; remove the ginger and pour into jars. Tie down when cold. LITTLE THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE. When ink is spilled on the carpet ■run for the salt-bag, renewing it as fast as the ink is absorbed by it. Where this is done promptly and plenty of fresh salt used, it is irequently so effective that no ink-spot -.whatever remains. Always push the carpet sweeper in the same direction as the warp of the rug or carpet.. Phis means that it is running with the nap, and therefoie -will work better and more easily. Half of a lemon used to scour the tarnished brass faucets and any other brasses accomplishes wonderful results very easily. The brass is scrubbed with the lemon applied directly, and then rubbed with a dry cloth. Lemon rubbed over stained hands- and fingers will clean them as nothing else can, and the acid does not injure the skin, usually. Rinse the hands thoroughly after using it.

The reason scrambled eggs curdle is because they are cooked too fast and too long. Stir the eggs continuously over a slow fire till a soft creamy mass, just thick enough not to flow off the crisp, hot, buttered toast on which they are heaped. To straighten whalebone, soak for a few minutes in lukewarm water, then press straight with a slightly warm flatiron.

When cleaning brass add a little methylated spirit to whatever polish you may be using. It not only helps to remove stains, but also prevents the brass from tarnishing again so quickly. Tortoiseshell combs should occasionally be well rubbed with the palm of the hand to restore the brightness. If very dull, just a suspicion of sweet oil may be used, but as a rule a rub with the palm of the hand only is quite sufficient. Grey hair may be kept clean and free from dust by filling the hair with good rice powder at night. In the morning brush out, a nd all the dust will come with the powder. To ensure a pretty curl for the hair make sure that it is free from oil. Shampoo the front locks once a week using a dry shampoo or powder as a rule, for hair that is partly moist cannot be curled. Little garments which come (text to a baby’s skin should never bo washed with soda. This irritates the skin, and is very painful. WEIGHTS AND MEASURES. Many recipes give their proportions in weight instead of bulk, which is the source of a great deal of annoyance if one has no balance scales. As' these are still a luxury which many kitchens do not boast, the pounds and ozs. of the recipe must be reduced to quarts, pints, and so on before anything can be done. The following table is worth cutting out, and pasting on a card for future reference : Wheat flour, one quart is equal to one pound. Indian meal, one quart is equal to one pound two ounces. Butter, when soft, one quart is equal to one pound. Powdered sugar, one quart is equal to one pound two ounces. Loaf Sugar, one quart is equal to one pound. Brown sugar, one quart is equal to one pound two ounces. Ten eggs are equal to one pound. Forty drops are equal to one teaspoonful. One tablespoonful is equal to onehalf ounce. Four tablospoonfuls are equal to one-half gill, or two ozs. One wineglassful is equal (o onehalf gill, or two ozs.

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The Home Circle., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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The Home Circle. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 23 March 1907

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