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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 3 (July 1, 1929)

Of Feminine Interest

page 57

Of Feminine Interest

Fashion Notes.

The frills of this evening frock are cut square, forming two points front and back. The bodice is tight-fitting, and fastens at the side. The hem of the frock can be made either straight or uneven.

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Building Chimneys in Fruit Pies.

The appearance of a fresh fruit or berry pie is often spoiled by the fruit juice bubbling through the top crust and then browning or burning. This may be avoided by the use of several short lengths of stick macaroni. Place several lengths, say 2 or 2 ½ inches. according to the thickness of the pie, through the cut opening in the top crust, so that the steam may thus escape plentifully. This saves the pie from “stewing over,” and when the pie is baked the macaroni may be removed. The pie is a lovely brown and the juice is retained inside the crust where it belongs.

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Kitchen Cleaning Hints.

Wash the sink free from grease with hot soap solution. The drain pipe should be cleared daily. Place two heaped tablespoonsful of borax on the grid and flush it down with a kettle of hot water. Follow with a flood of cold water.

Rinse weekly in hot borax water the bread and cake boxes. Wipe them dry with a clean fresh towel, and ventilate them thoroughly in the open air.

Scrape plates taken from the table with a rubber plate scraper, and wipe off the silver with paper napkins; stack the dishes according to kind and size, and let the hot water run over each separate pile before washing. To each gallon of water then add one tablespoonful of borax and the preferred amount of soap. Rinse in very hot water and wipe immediately with a lintless cotton or a linen towel. If the water is exceptionally hard, a little borax in the rinse water, too, aids in bringing the lustre to china, the sparkle to glassware and silver, that is so much desired.

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Walnut Meringues.

Thirty dates, 1 cup mixed nuts, 1 cup icing-sugar, the white of 1 egg beaten to a stiff froth. Place teaspoonful of the mixture on a slide and cook in a slow oven.

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Date Strips.

One packet dates cut fine, 1 cup sugar, 1 ½ cups flour, 1 cup walnuts cut fine, 3 eggs well beaten, 4 tablespoons cold water, 2 teaspoons baking powder. Mix dates, sugar, walnuts, together; then mix with the eggs flour and baking powder and water. Put in a long or square pan, enough dough to cover the bottom of pan; it should be about an inch thick. Cut in squares and roll in powdered sugar.

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Lemon Pie.

Two lemons, 1 ½ cups white sugar, 2 heaped tablespoons flour (unsifted) or 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 3 eggs, 2 cups water, butter size of a walnut. Into a deep dish grate the outside rind of the two lemons, add the sugar and flour or cornstarch, and stir well together; then add the yolks of the three eggs, well beaten. Beat the mixture thoroughly, then add the juice of the two lemons, water and butter. Set this on the fire in a pan of constantly boiling water, or in a double boiler, and cook until it thickens. Remove from the fire, and, when cooled, pour it into a deep pie tin lined with baked pastry. Bake, and when done, have ready the whites of the three eggs, beaten stiff with three small tablespoons of sugar; spread this over the top and return to the oven to set and brown lightly. This makes a deep, large sized pie.