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By Peter Higginbotham

This copiously illustrated booklet takes the lid off the true tale of criminal meals. together with the entire textual content of an unique criminal cookery handbook compiled at Parkhurst felony in 1902, it examines the historical past of criminal catering from the center a long time (when prisoners have been anticipated to pay for his or her personal board and accommodation while within) in the course of the nefarious prisons of the Victorian age and directly to the current day. With sections on felony lifestyles, punishments, the nutrients on board transportation vessels and floating felony hulks, and the paintings of reformers similar to John Howard and Elizabeth Fry, who significantly more suitable the stipulations of these who have been positioned in the back of bars, this evocative and detailed ebook indicates the reader precisely what 'doing porridge' entailed.

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MEAT LIQUOR (STOCK). get a divorce the beef bones into small items, placed them into the copper or cauldron with chilly water, enable 1 quart of water to one lb. of bones, upload a bit salt, and convey to the boil. Skim, and simmer at a temperature of 2 hundred deg. to 210 deg. Fah. from four to five hours. pressure off the liquor and enable it get chilly; the fats that's shaped at the floor needs to be placed into the soup. degree out the volume of liquor required for the soup, and upload water if no longer discovered adequate to make up the mandatory volume. The bones will be put on a wood tray, and any particle of meat adhering thereto needs to be got rid of, minced up small, and additional to the soup. LIQUOR (THICKENED) made of THE ABOVE. elements. —To 1 pint of inventory (a ration). — ounces. flour, � ounces. onion, pepper and salt to flavor. procedure. —Mix the flour with a bit chilly inventory or water, and paintings right into a batter (the liquid has to be stirred steadily into the flour). Peel and mince, or chop finely, the onion, and stir the batter and onion into the inventory, stir until eventually the contents of the copper or cauldron succeed in boiling warmth, and allow simmer for a minimum of twenty mins longer, season frivolously with pepper and salt. The liquor is then prepared to be used. COCOA. Cocoa as a beverage is extra nourishing than tea or espresso, it possesses a stimulating precept known as “Theobromine”, just like the “Theine” in tea and the “Caffeine” in espresso. Admiralty Cocoa is issued in block, and is identical in consistency and caliber to what's often called “Compound Cocoa” containing a definite percent of arrowroot, sugar, and varied fatty components. It calls for from 20 to half-hour boiling. tips to arrange cocoa is to place it in a boiling pan with adequate water to make it right into a paste; this may simply be performed because it turns into heated. Cocoa needs to be good stirred while it really is being cooked. parts. —To make 1 pint of Cocoa, � of an oz.. of Admiralty Cocoa, � of an oz.. of sugar and a pair of ounces. of milk are allowed. technique. —Break up the cocoa and positioned it into the Cooking vessel with adequate water to good disguise it, stir until eventually dissolved, then upload the rest of water, enable to simmer for 20 mins, upload the sugar and milk, boil back and serve. TEA. elements. —To produce one pint:— oz.. tea, 2 ounces. milk, � oz.. sugar. procedure . —The tea needs to be positioned in a good canvas or muslin bag, tied up loosely; in any other case positioned right into a strainer. the correct amount of water had to produce the necessary bulk is positioned right into a fresh urn or cauldron (copper boiler or different vessel), carry it to the boil, drop within the tea, and make allowance it to stay in for approximately 10 minntes; after this eliminate the tea, upload the milk and the sugar and continue sizzling, yet now not boiling, until eventually it's time to serve it. POTATOES. Potatoes are generally top whilst cooked of their skins. they need to be completely scrubbed and washed in numerous waters. the way to do that is by way of scrubbing them with a bass broom in a tank with adequate water to hide them. After being good scrubbed rinse them completely in clean water, and drain them.

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