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BILLS OF FARE FOR DINNERS IN
FEBRUARY SOUPS.-Baked Soup, Barley Soup, Soup à la Julienne, Winter Pea Soup (Yellow), Soup à la Solferino (Sardinian), Verinicelli Soup.
Fish.-Barbel, brill, carp, crabs, crayfish, dace, eels, flounders, haddocks, herrings, lampreys, lobsters, mussels, oysters, perch, pike, plaice, prawns, shrimps, skate, smelts, soles, sprats, sturgeon, tench, turbot, whiting.
MEAT.-Beef, house lamb, mutton, pork, veal.
POULTRY. – Capons, chickens, ducklings, tame and wild pigeons, pullets, turkeys,
GAME.- Grouse, hares, partridges, pheasants, snipes, woodcock.
VEGETABLES. — Beetroot, broccoli (purple and whice), Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, celery, chervil, cresses, cucumbers (forced), endive, kidney-beans, lettuces, parsnips, poțatoes, savoys, spinach, turnips, various herbs.
Fruit.-Apples (golden and Dutch pippins), grapes, medlars, nuts, oranges, pears (Bon Chrétien), walnuts, almonds and raisins, French and Spanish plums, prunes, figs, dates, crystallized preserves.
RECIPES. Stewed Apples and Custard. (A PRETTY DISH FOR A JUVENILE SUPPER). INGREDIENTS. — 7 good-sized apples, the rind of lemon or 4 cloves, lb. of sugar, i pint of water, 1 pint of custard.
Mode.-Pare and take out the cores of the apples, without dividing them, and, if possible, leave the stalks on; boil the sugar and water together for ten minutes; then put in the apples with the lemon-rind or cloves, whichever flavour may be preferred, and simmer gently until they are tender, taking care not to let them break. Dish them neatly on a glass dish, reduce the syrup by boiling it quickly for a few minutes ; let it cool alittle; then pour it over the apples. Have ready quite $ pint of custard made by recipe No. 1423, in Mrs. Beeton's "Book of Household Management." Pour it round, but not over, the apples when they are quite cold, and the dish is ready for table.
Time.-From 20 to 30 minutes to stew the apples. Average Cost- Is.
Apples à la Portugaise. INGREDIENTS.—8 good boiling apples, pint of water, 6 oz. of sugar, a layer of apple marmalade, 8 preserved cherries, garnishing of apricot jam.
Mode.-Peel the apples, and, with a vegetable-cutter, push out the cores ; boil them in sugar and water, without being too much done, and take care they do not break. Have ready a white apple marmalade, made by recipe No. 1396, in Mrs. Beeton's " Book of Household Management;" cover the bottom of the dish with ibis, level it, and lay the apples in a sieve to drain; pile them neatly on the marmalade, making them high in the centre, and place a preserved cherry in the middle of each. Garnish with strips of candied citron or apricot jam, and the dish is ready for table.
Time.-From 20 to 30 minutes to stew the apples. Average Cost-ls. 3d.
Sufficient for 1 entremets,
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS. The maxim, that . Procrastination is the thief of time," should be written over every gardener's doorway, and stamped on his heart. As the severe weather leaves us, every hour of open weather that the gardener can snatch, for getting on with the spring crops, is of priceless worth to him. The loss of a day now, in seed sowing, may make-in the kit
garden-all the difference between the securing and the losing of a rotation crop in the coming summer.
THE FLOWER GARDEN. Repair whatever damage the frost and wind have done in the destruction of shrubs, plants, edgings, and gravel walks. The walks may be rolled, fresh turf planted in the edging, broken shrubs cut down, and bushels of primroses should be fetched from the woods and planted in every available blank. Tie up tall plants to strong stakes, in anticipation of the high winds setting in at the end of this month. Bulbs, and many herbaceous plants, may be taken up and replanted in open weather. Tender annuals must be sown only on hotbeds or under glass. When they come up, give them a little air, in mild days, but carnations and picotees should have air in abundance, as also calceolarias; this will strengthen them and prevent their fogging off. Cover mats over glasses at night. Topdress auriculas and polyanthuses. Towards the end of the month put in cuttings of chrysanthemums, and give a surface-digging to the whole garden except around newly removed shrubs.
THE KITCHEN GARDEN. Digging, trenching, and manuring, are still the principal occupations in the kitchen garden. Weeds will soon begin to show, and they must at once be turned in. Celery, borecoles, Chou de Milan, broccoli plants, peas, and beans, must now be regularly earthed up with well broken earth. Make 'hotbeds for cucumbers and melons. Protect artichokes. Transplant beans. Plant out cabbages from the August seed beds. Sow carrots on warm borders. Plant some of the earliest sort of potatoes. The Ne Plus Ultra, or Champion pea, may be put in some time this month, with a fair chance of success. Give fresh coverings to sea-kale and rhubarb, and make sowings, every week, of small salads in hotbeds.
THE FRUIT GARDEN. Prune vines in the beginning, and plant trees before the end of the month: slight frosts will not hurt young trees half so much as the cutting winds of March. Lay in grafts, under a north wall or hedge, to be ready for working next month. Top-dress old trees, and remove suckers from all frnit trees. Finish the nailing up of wall trees as speedily as possible, and cover their blossoms to retard them. Let all gooseberry and currant trees be pruned forthwith, and some soot cast around their roots, which will prevent, in a measure, caterpillars attacking them. The plantations of strawberries should now be cleared, and have their spring dressing; and, towards the middle or latter end of the month, fresh plantations may be made,
in those times were not over-sqneamish about a life or two, and Mary's husband was in possession of some awkward secrets concerning some of the Scots pobles. It is true that Mary's conduct after the Kirk of Field tragedy may be taken almost to prove her an accessory after the lact, and thus she must share in a portion of the guilt of the real
perpetrators. ANN MAY tells us
DARN NO MORE will obtain the Patent Stockings bling story about “having at most respectable hosiers'. lived with a family fifteen months, A BACHELOR asks a question which must, we and about the mistress having fear, remain one : which is the best-a Flirt or a
finished her education in France, Prude? and since married a tradesman. When - M. A. D.-Moulds and materials for making wax asked by her better half how to spell or flowers may be obtained of Mr. Mintorn, 33, Soho. pronounce many English worils, she is
square, London. unable to do so and says, being away D. N. We believe that a piece of silk tied tightly THE ENGLISH WON2ARS CONUERSAZIOne
fro 1 England so long, is unable to tell him." round the wart is often eficacious in removing it. AN: MAY wants to know if that is the way ANNOT LIsle's request will receive attention.
unication is attended to in France; if so, I M. S.-The sizh of our Buff pattern-sheet is not
have been under a great mistake" "Also, large enough to give the patterns of large jackets. if it is Etiquette in France for ladies. during meals, Camilla EVELYN, RUTH, AND OTHERS — The cover, to continually keep putting their hands in their with title-page, preface, index, and large envelope head, or rubbing their hair back with their hands, for holding the patterns for Vol. 1 of the ENGLISHas one is apt to think that a person knowing so WOMAN'S DOMESTIC MAGAZINE, new series, is now little as they pretend of English customs, that ready, and will be sent to any part of the kingdom foreigners have most disagreeable ways. Noticed for 12 postage stamps. and remarked by all at table during her absence, R. H. will probably see in our next number a as the mistress of the house. I always thought until night-dress bag. now was expected to behave as such, and set an ALFREDA.-Let well alone; there are as many example to young people."—What is the question admirers of what you complain of, as of the opposite we are here expected to answer, we confess we don't form. know. With respect to the manners and customs of DESESPOIR. — The first six numbers should be our Continental neighbours, some of their ways are bound -twelve make too thick a volume (see answer not as ours; but in good society.the same polite and to CAMILLA EVELYN). easy manners are seen as in England. We have M. A. M. Gick.- If you are very intimate with never heard, we may add, that there is anything the bride, you may, at the same time that you re. remarkably haut lon in playing with the hair during turn your cards, write a congratulatory nore; other. dinner : but it is as well to be liberal-minded, and wise, merely send your cards. think the habit is admired by some.
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Janet P - Historians have compiled, novelists Covers for Vol. 1 of the ENGLISH WOMAN'S DOMESTIC have romancer, essayists have criticised, and, as
MAGAZINK (New Series), with title-page, preface, yet, all search in vain for the real character of index, envelope for holding the pattern sheets, Mary, Queen of Scots. Some will have it that never
Berlin patterns, &c., and directions for binding, are was wonan so wronged as she, and delight in now ready, price is, each Sent free by post to any painting Elizabeth in the darkest colours, so as to
aduress on receipt of 12 postage stamps. throw up the purity of the beautiful Mary; others accuse her in downright terms, of sinning against many of God's commandments, declaring her guilty
TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS. of the murder of her husband. Darnley. We agree, Our Subscribers are respectfully invited to give however, with a late reviewer on this subject, in their orders at once to their Booksellers for the thinking that the latter crime was never brought regular supply of the Numbers of this Magazine, home to Mary. Not that she might not have been so as to be certain to receive them as soon as pabo capable of such a crime,- for bad she not as in- lished, and with the Fashion Plates and Berlin Wool structors in queencraft those monsters the Guises, Work Patterns complete, the Publisher begging to to whom stabbing and poisoning were familiar ! notify that he will not undertuke that the Fashion but that, at that moment, it was good for her that Plates will be issued with the Magazines beyond the Darnley should live, whilst for some of Mary's month in which they are originally published. enemies it was well that he should die. Statesmen London, 248, Strand, W.C.