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BILLS OF FARE FOR DINNERS IN MAY.
Soups.- Asparagus Soup, Soup. à la Julienne, Potage Printanier or Spring Soup, Calf's Head Soup, Soup à la Reine.
F1811.-Carp, chub, crabs, crayfish, dory, herrings, lobsters, mackerel, red and grey mullet, prawns, salmon, shad, smelts, soles, trout, turbot.
MEAT.-. Beef, lamb, mutton, veal.
Poultry.—Chickens, ducklings, fowls, green geese, leverets, pullets, rabbits.
VEGETABLES.- Asparagus, beans, early cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, cresses, cucumbers, lettuces, peas, early potatoes, salads, sea-kale -various herbs.
Fruit.—Apples, green apricots, cherries, currants for tarts, gooseberries, melons, pears, rhubarb, strawberries.
Soup à la Julienne. INGREDIENTS.— pint of carrots, 1 pint of turnips, pint of onions, 2 or 3 leeks, į head of celery, i lettuce, a little sorrel and chervil, if liked, 2 oz. of butter, 2 quarts of stock.
Mode.-Cut the vegetables into strips of about 17 inch long, as shown in the engraving, and be particular they are all the same size, or some will be hard whilst the others will be done to a pulp. Cut the lettuce, sorrel, and chervil into larger pieces; fry the carrots in the butter, and pour the stock boiling to them. When this is done, add all the other vegetables, and herbs, and stew gently for at least an hour. Skim off all the fat, pour the soup over thin slices of bread, cut round about the size of a shilling, and serye.
Time.-17 hour. Average cost, 1s. 3d. per quart. Sufficient for 8 persons.
Note.—In summer, green peas, asparagustops, French beans, &c., can be added. When the vegetables are very strong, instead of frying them in butter at first, they should be blanched, and afterwards simmered in the stock.
Potage Printanier, or Spring Soup. INGREDIENTS.- a pint of green peas, if in season, a little chervil, 2 shredded fettuces, 2 onions, a very small bunch of parsley, 2 oz. of butter, the yolks of 3 eggs, 1 pint of water, seasoning to taste, 2 quarts of stock.
Mode.—Put in a very clean stewpan the chervil, lettuces, onions, parsley, and butter, to 1 pint of water, and let them simmer till tender. Season with salt and pepper; when done, strain off the vegetables, and put twothirds of the liquor they were boiled in to the stock. Beat up the yolks of the eggs with the other third, give it a toss over the fire, and at the moniento: serving, add this, with the vegetables which you strained off, to the soup.
Time.-of an hour. Average cost, ls. per quart. Sufficient for 8 persons.
THE FLOWER GARDEN. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS. - With the exception of June, this month is the driest in the year. The weather becomes gradually warmer, but, as an occurrence of severe frosts in the night is not unusual, it will be well to be provided against the injury which will be occasioned by these. In all gardens, by this time, all the wall ought to have been picked up, if necessary, all weeds removed, the lawns mowed, so as to give every chance for the flowers soon to display their beauties.
WHAT SEEDS TO Sow.-Seeds of Brompton and Queen stocks, tiger flowers, mignonette, and annuals may be now sown to succeed those which were sown in April. The annuals should be sown in patches, and, as soon as they begin to show themselves, they should be gradually thinned, as this operation will greatly increase the strength of those which remain. Other seedlings also, which require it, should be pricked out and transplanted.
What PLANTS TO BED Out.-As fuchsias, geraniums, verbenas, and hydrangeas attain & much finer growth when placed in the open ground than when they are kept in the flowerpots, as do also all similar plants, it will be well to plant these out into the borders about the end of the month. Both verbenas and geraniums, being of a straggling growth, are not well adapted to mix with other flowers. When planted in small beds by themselves, circles, ovals, pine-shapes, &c., they will answer much better, and make a far more beautiful effect. Cupheas may now be planted, and little patches also of the dwarf blue lobelia, to which may be added the tall scarlet flower. Dahlias may also now be planted.
THE ORCHARD AND FRUIT TREES.
It will be very necessary to keep a sharp lookout for the insects which, now that the warm weather has invited them forth from their winter hiding-places, will very likely play "old goose berry" with the fruit-trees.
THE KITCHEN GARDEN. WHAT SEEDS TO SOW AND VEGETABLES TO Plant.-A row of cauliflowers may be planted this month, in addition to those which have already been planted, and the ground should be well stirred amongst the latter. A further planting of potatoes may also be now made, and the ground earthed-up round the earlier ones, taking care, at the same time, to remove all weeds. Such rows of peas and beans which had not previously been hoed and staked, should now be attended to. Cabbages, lettuces, celery, and other crops of this kind, which require it, should now be pricked or planted out. Crops of vegetables to succeed those already in the ground may now be sown, and, if not already done, a full potato and scarlet-runner crop may be planted. Endive and broccoli should als be sown. Carrots, parsnips, and onions should also be thoroughly hoed, thinned out, and weeded, so that they may grow strongly, and finely. At night and early in the morning, snails and slugs should be carefully removed from all young lettuces, cabbages, scarlet runners, and other vegetables,
THE FASHIONS. We have just been inspecting the show-rooms FOR HEAD-DRESSER we have quite a change of our first houses, and will describe two or of style. The cachepeigne is no longer worn, three ont-door garments for the beginning of but the trimming is placed high at the top of the fine season. In the first place, for the the head, and very little at the back. For the country and sea-side, we saw à demi-saison morning, ribbon is much used. A pretty headmade of a thin grey cloth, in the form of a dress is made of three rosettes of ribbon to the jacket, with side-pieces. It had a narrow square front, with a rosette of black lace between collar bordered by a diminutive fancy trimming; each; a piece of ribbon then passes down each buttons in front as far as the waist; close side of the head, and finishes at the back with sleeves, with passementerie figuring a square a knot and two short ends. opening. The back was quite straight, without a seam down the middle; pockets in front, with
DESCRIPTION OF FASHION PLATE. passementerie round the openings.
1. WALKING DRESS. - Bonnet of white For a more dressy toilet, there was a man- crape, with a bunch of feathers at the side, tilla forming a shawl, and trimmed with two and trimmed with white blonde. The front is deep flounces, the lower one draped at the sides wide at the bottom, and rather flat at the top, by a bow of ribbon or gimp. The flounces with a full white cap in the inside. On the terminate in a point in front, and the ground right-hand side of the bonnet is a bunch of is decorated with two rows of gimp trimming. ostrich feathers, which should be so arranged as
AS TO DRESSES, they are all trimmed at the to fall a little over the front of the bonnet, and bottom only. One of the prettiest we have the tips fastened in the cap. On the left hand, seen, intended for the spring season, had nine inside, is a bunch of green and white daisies. narrow flounces scarcely exceeding a nail in The curtain is formed of one piece of crape, and width. Just over the highest flounce, a row of is covered with a piece of blonde rather wider buttons begins and runs up to the top. The than the curtain, so that it just comes below body is plain and the waist short. The sleeves, all round. The strings are of plain white silk wide, with an elbow, form a band just below ribbon, with a very narrow fancy edge of the the bend of the arm. A narrow frill is put on same colour. the revers. These sleeves are always accon. · Dress of white muslin, with a double shawl panied by large puffed muslin under-sleeves. of the same material. The dress has seven
Another dress has its flounces arranged in flounces, each one trimmed with small ruchings three groups; the bottom one consists of five,
of green. The edge of the shawl is trimmed to the next of three, and the third of two. The corres nd. sleeves are puffed and slashed, with a ribhon bow in each of the slashes.
2. WALKING DRESS.-White silk bonnet, IN BALL DRESSES there is little novelty, for
bound with black velvet and trimmed with winter balls are almost over, and summer balls
blonde and violet poppies. The front is bound have not begun.
with black velvet, covered with blonde. The Dresses are worn so long behind that they
curtain is made of black velvet, and trimmed form quite demi-trains, but in the front they
with blonde to correspond, and should be made are made only the ordinary length, just to
spreading. The crown is soft, and made of touch the ground.
white silk. Three violet poppies are arranged A NEW TRIMMING for dresses we may here
on one side of the bonnet, rather forward, so mention. It consists of rows of velvet squares
that one of them comes into the cap. Full cap
of white blonde, with white ribbon strings. round the skirt, each square touching at the corners. These squares are first cut in stiff
Dress with plain skirt in violet-coloured silk. maslin, and then covered with black velvet by
Black silk mantle, falling over the shoulders,
with two frills, the top one finished off by a turning over the edges and sewing on the under side. The squares are then slip-stitched
puffing of black silk, on to the dress. Smaller squares form a trim
3. DRESS FOR A LITTLE GIRL OF EIGHT ming for the sleeves, which are made large and OR NINE YEARS OF AGE.--Straw hat, with open. A small lace collar is worn with it, and turned-up edges, trimmed with green velvet. puffed under-sleeves trimmed with lace.
A feather is fastened in the front, and falls over BOXXETS are worn rather large this season,
to the back on the left side. slightly pointed in the front, raised at the top, Dress of pink and white striped material, projecting slightly over the face, and receding trimmed with strips of darker rose-coloured silk. at the side. White crape bonnets are exceed- The body is three-quarters high, and is trimmed ingly fashionable. We may also mention a new with a berthe, which crosses in front. The trimning for bonnets: it consists of a straw sleeve forms a puff, with one frill; the waist is chain, which may be looped on the bonnet in round, with a rose-coloured sash tied in front. any way that taste and fancy may dictate. The skirt is trimmed with three flounces. The They are also trimmed with a bow at the top, width of the rose-coloured silk on the berthe without ends.
and sleeves is an inch and a half; that on the Plain crinoline bonnets are very suitable for bottom flounce, three inches ; on the middle one, the spring season, trimmed with black lace and two inches and a half, and on the top one, two some bright shade of ribbon, pink is very inches. The drawers are trimmed with muslin fashionable, also Eugénie blue and maize. embroidery.
creature, and I love you mightily-but you hare a mother!" "And she has a mother," answered the Duchess of Manchester, who was all spirit, justice, and honour, and could not suppress sudden truth, In these days, as you suggest, we are not so outspoken; it is 111. bred, remember, either to argue, suggest a contradiction, or have a mind of your own.
STAR-GAZER —"The Poetry of the Months," you J. Pcrr.-Our corro.
will see, is commenced in this number. Poems on spondent, not a young lady,
“June" will be printed in the June number; on we think, is in a terrible fright “July," in July, and so on. Each paper should be about our going to war with
sent to the office on or before the 5th of the month France, or France going to war preceding that in which the poems will be printed. ENGLISH WOMANS CONUERSAZIONE with us. She thinks, she says, if we have
ENQCINER.-Mr. Augustus Mayhew, whose graceno objection, that the first is the best; by ful fun we don't wonder at your admiring, will con. which we fancy she means that we had
tribute a series of papers, under the title of Mrs. better go to war in France. Yes, that Letts's Diary. Including the opinions of a young certainly would be the better plan; for no
and tender wife. Edited by a lady of thirty years' Englishman or English woman would like to vast experience. Prepared for the press by Augustus see Napoleon's Zouaves, and the Chasseurs de Mayhew.". Vincennes, quartered in the pleasant corn.
EMMA E. - You like, of course, to be “in the fields of Sussex,' or turning the Kentishi hop-poles fashion." No young lady of sense and position Into tent-poles. And then, too, terrible question wishes to be unlike her sisters and her cousins. It - most terrible of all questions- where would isn't in human nature that she should. In reply to our ladies get, how could they get, when could your query respecting bonnets, we have to say that they get, that without which we are perfectly
the reign of small bonnets is extinct; that dynasty assured that no young maid, or middle-aged
is dethroned to give way to much larger sized ones, matron, could do without-the Paris fashions; es- which come considerably forward over the head, pecially now they have once seen them engraved, and have a somewhat coal scuttle" appearance in printed, and painted so beautifully in this magazine front, while the back of the bonnet is composed of No, Miss J. Purr (does she mean j'ai peur ?), thie a "loose crown." So, if a young gentleman giren force of fashion alone, we believe, and the immense to punning asks you to lend him five shillings, you interests connected with the ExGLISHWOMAN'S can't now be able to reply that you haven't a loose DOMESTIC MAGAZINE, would keep this pation from crown about you. Mothers, therefore, beware! a war with France. This is in entire confidence; ADA S.-We agree with you in thinking that the but we hereby give each of our readers permission horrid little London boys are a very great nuisance to impart the secret to her husband, brother, or indeed; but we fear Sir Peter Laurie, with all his lover (yes), so that he may take it into account
alderman's horses and all his alderman's men, can't in his next operations on the Stock Exchange, put them down. That the amplitude of your crinoand, as a return for the information, present her line should have been treated, as you say, by a with a new silk dress (now the duty is off, they don't number of little boys, posted at regular distances cost much) and a set of the eight volumes of the in Chancery-lane, as they would have treated their ENGLISH WOMAN'S DOMESTIC Magazine already pub. common iron hoops, is too much for us to bear. We lished.
hope you will have more mercy on our nerves in GEORGIANA.-Be kind enough to send your real future tban to tell us of such horrible war-whoops. name and address. These must always accompany MARIAN IETHERIDGE. – We shall be happy to every letter, r.ot necessarily for publication, but as receive the selections from your album, and liopo a pledge of the good faith of the writer.
others of our friends will grant us a pecp into some MILLICENT TURNBULL. — “Wayside Weeds and of their treasures in this way; for we are convinced Forest Flowers" will be commenced in our next that clever jeux d'esprit and interesting impromptus number. The first part will be devoted to direc- are lying perdus in the pages of many a young lady's tions for collecting, examining, drying, and pre- album. Open their beauties to the world, fair serving wild flowers.
readers, and be generous in extending to the thouCAROLINK. — Yon are not quite right in your sands who read the EN LISH WOMAN'S DOMESTIC estimate of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Her Magazine that which has hitherto charmed but a beauty was always of the scornful and imperious small circe. What you allude to, we fancy, are the kind, and her features and air announced nothing that lines written by the poet Campbell to a young lady her temper did not confirm; both together, her beauty who asked hini to write "something original" for and tempor, enslaved her heroic lord, who, though her album so great a general in the field, was as nothing in his own house. One of her principal charms was a
An original something, fair maid, you would win me
To write-but how shall I begin? prodigious abundance of fine fair hair. One day, at her toilette, being in anger with him, she cut off
For I fear I have nothing original in me her commanding tresses and flung them in his face.
Excepting Original Sin. Nor did her insolence stop there, nor stop till it had
If the selections from your album are not less totally estranged and worn out the patience of the
clever than the above, we think you may depend poor Queen, her mistress. The Duchess was often on seeing them in print. seen to give her Majesty her fan and gloves, and Mrs. GORE (Reading).–We admit that that is 1 turn away her own head, as if the Queun had offen. part of the newspaper which we always avoid, ful sive smells. Incapable of due respect to her supe. we cannot own to any liking for reading of the riors, it was no wonder she treated her children and brutal murders which, it is a strange thing to ob Inferiors with supercilious contempt. Her eldest serve, so many of the weaker sex prefer to becom daughter, the Countess Godolphin, and she were acquainted with. You speak in your letter of an long at variance, and never, indeed, reconciled. act of coolness, but we don't think it is equal to With her youngest daughter, the Duchess of Mon- what occurred in the case of a footman of Lor trose, old Saralı, as Walpole calls her, agreed as Dacre, who was hanged, as nearly as possible, ill. “I wonder," said the Duke of Marlborough hundred years ago, for murdering his fellow.ser to them," that you cannot agree, you are so vant, the butler. George Selwyn had a great han much alike." (That was the reason they could in bringing him to confess his crime, and you may not, we should sny.) of her granddaughter, the imagine the coolness of the wretch from the fac Duchess of Manchester, daughter of the Duchass. that, as he was writing his confession, he stopped a of Montagu, she affected to be fond. One day she "I murd-," and asked, “How do you spel said to her, "Duchess of Manchester, you are a good murdered ?"