What must I eat; what must I drink? Though this question confronts us at every turn, it is a proper, timely and just question. We want to know.
Go to the market; the importers; the purveyors to his majesty the vegetable kingdom, and have your pick of all kinds of fruit. Do not say the price is prohibitive, for you do not want a load. Just a little of this and a little of that.
Avocados and pineapples are in season. Have pineapple for breakfast and avocado for lunch.
For dinner pomelos are excellent, unless you prefer a combination salad of pomelos, bananas and papayas.
For combination salads, choose from a variety of vegetables to choose from: Lettuce, radishes, mustard, pimentos, peppers, sorrel, watercress, rhubarb, cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, asparagus, endive. Three diverse vegetables suffice for a good-tasting dish.
For entrees (baked dishes), there are potatoes, green peas, string beans, turnips, beets, celery root, summer squash, pimentos, mushrooms, foenucky, cabbage, kohlrabi.
As far as steaming, boiling, frying, broiling is concerned-let it be "hands off."
Three oranges, two lemons, or two limes, added to one quart of milk and half a pint of cream, makes a cooling, soothing drink.
To one well-beaten raw egg add one cupful of sweet milk. Add strained juice of one orange and one-half of lemon, or lime. You may want that for breakfast or lunch; maybe sweetened.
But what about fruit or vegetables that cannot be eaten raw or baked? In that case, do not eat them.
If there is any sweet corn on the market, do not deny yourself the pleasure.
As to small fruits, you have to be judicious. If you will use a fruit press, so as to squeeze out the juice, you will find great medicinal value in the juice. Used in doses of a wine glassful before each meal for 21 days, you will have learned to solve many problems. Here you will find the elixir of life. But you must continue for 21 more days if rejuvenation is to be yours. Juices may be diluted with distilled or carbonated waters.
If you see huckleberries, give them our compliments, and have your fill. After 21 days the complexion clears up, and good bye to liver troubles.
When out of sorts, eat a baked potato with sweet butter.
In case of using coffee, be sure the coffee is thoroughly roasted to almost a charcoal point. A demitasse will do.
Cream and ice cream may be served with over-ripe small fruits and fruit juices.
All kinds of melons are on the market. They are good. Use cayenne, mace, nutmeg, or white pepper, according to variety. Cinnamon and cassia will go with some. Salt is proper, but not sugar.
Vegetables steamed in their own juice are almost equal in their quality to those baked. Start with a little oil, and a quick flame for a minute, turn down the flame to almost an extinguishing point, and allow to steam slowly. Salts are developed to a most astonishing degree. Very wholesome to those who have liver, kidneys and intestinal troubles.
Leeks, onions, chives and garlic in small quantities added to our "self-steaming" dishes will raise the medicinal value of food.
The less breadstuffs the better during the moths without an ÒRÓ - May, June, July, August. Yet plain fruit cakes, coffee cakes, potpies and pies are permissible. So are doughgods, waffles, wheat cakes and "yeast free" loaves.
Pulses of all kinds are out of season, now that fresh green beans are rampant.
Preserves will keep until all fresh fruits and vegetables are practically gone.
Even dried fruits, including the proverbial boarding-house prunes, are a thing of the past and a thing of the distant future.
Oils of all kinds should be discarded in cooking, although fresh butter may be used, except where there is a chronic catarrh.