The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 39
W. M. Wright, Printer, Silver Street, Stockton.
Seven more of the young women were requested to buy 1 lb. of Dates, stone them and stew the same in a pint of water for one hour, then add ½ lb. of Sugar and 3d. of Rhubarb, cut up into squares, and boil all together for half an hour.
The other seven were requested to buy stone of Wheat Meal and make the same into bread the day before, cut the same into square pieces, and bring it with them, along with one Quart of New Milk each.
To give the ladies as little trouble as possible, we requested all who came to the supper to bring with them basins and spoons.
When the men and women were seated, the ladies commenced to serve the Porridge, to which was added Rhubarb Syrup and New Milk, with a square of bread. The meal was partaken of with evident enjoyment—all who were present praising it on account of its being so good and palatable.
Alter supper, the Rev. Canon Falconer, who took the chair, said he could assure them from his own experience that Porridge was a good and substantial food, for he used to take it when he was young.
I then addressed the meeting on cheap living. Mr. Wilson also spoke in favour of Bread and Fruit. Several questions were asked by those present, and answered by myself.
W. M. Wright.
P.S.—Gooseberries staved with Raisins or Dates makes an excellent Syrup to cat with the Porridge, Rice, Barley, Durham, or Hominy Puddings, and by having a good supply, less milk will be required. This only need be tried to be appreciated.