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CHRISTMAS DISHES. "Christmas comes but once a year, And when it does, it brings good cheer." Though penned so long ago the sen timents expressed in these words still hold good to-day, in spite of the pIrevailing fashion of dieting, slim sing and smaller meals. Since Christmas comnes in our hottest sea son, summlner, our appetites are not so keen as they are in winter. Never theless, without the traditional pud dings, cakes, mince pies, etc., which help to make it the chief festival of the year, Christmas would lose much of its interest for us. Here are two particularly good and economical Christmas recipes front this month's "Australian Jour nal" Christmas Pudding. alb. beef suet, a lb. sultanas, Alb. currants, ilb. raisins, Alb, bread crumbs, lib. flour, Alb. mixed peel, A lb. brown sugar, grated rind of 1 lemon, & gill rum or brandy, 6 eggs, I grated nutmeg, 1 grated carrot, 1 teaspoonful baking powder, 1 tea spoon mixed spice, t teaspoon salt. Clean and prepare all the fruit. Shred suet finely. Break the eggs. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and spices. Rub the suet into the lour, and add the breadcrumbs. Mix n the fruit and carrot. Add the beaten eggs and stir up lightly and quickly with a wooden spoon. Add the rum or brandy. Pour quickly into it greased mould or. basin anti lie i floured cloth over tlhe top. Boil for. r hours. If preferred, this mix ture may be cooked in a pudding cloth, but make sure that the water into which the pudding is plunged is boiling, and keep it boiling briskly all the time. Christmas Cake. )llbs. flour, 1 heaped teaspoonful laking powder, A teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, i teaspoonful nutmeg, 1 lb. cantor sugar, 10 eggs, lib. butter, llb. currants, 11b. raisins, 11b. sul tanna, .lb. dates, alb. figs, Jlb. chrys tallised cherries, Slb. Jordan al nionds, 1 gill brandy. Clean the fruit. Shell anil blanch the almonds. Stone dates. Cut up dates, figs, almonds, raisins and cher ries. To expedite the work on the ',ny on which the cake is to be baked, tis preularation of fruit should be done tile day before. Break the 'Rgs into at jug. reati the butter and sugar. Sift, the flour, baking powder and spices. Add the eggs ne at a tiume and mix in thoroughly. 'llI the fruit and flour alternately, ia tablespoonful at it tinc. Lastly, add tile brandy and bent well to en sore tile inlgredients hbelg thor ugihly combined. Should it udark ckue lie ldehired, dissolve 1 in tenI slironi of licarbonate of slan ill I tiilc5lpefn ful of boiling water aintl il io thie mixture. The addition it 1 iablespoonful of cnaramonl t this "eii .also darkens t tnhe' ie conlld elrnhly l'it into in tin line , with cltesel Paper. ilike in a t lor nle oven fior 1, to 1i hours-lower , the gans ionce ie l?' e hanl s set. Ilo1t i olbrook anys I have a var iey of Olives cn.tled small Queens. Thy Iler econolmical and tasty.

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