"...I offer this little book to you, friends of the business world, who must needs eat and mayhap, too, love to cook rather than sit forever around a boarding-house table."
Two things strike me from this beginning of the introduction.
1. The way that rents are rising, I am not sure that boarding houses shouldn't make a big comeback.
2. I am quite sure that "mayhap" should be resurrected into modern language. Its definition from the Urban Dictionary:
A term combining the best qualities of the terms "maybe" and "perhaps" into a single superior word. Often used when planning something mischievous or pretending to be British.
"mayhaps I'll go get fucked up instead of writing this paper"
"care for a spot of tea?"
"mayhaps a bit later"
But I digress...
East offers up a list of the modern conveniences that one would want in their kitchenette and some rather enlightening prices such as:
1 gas stove $28.00
2 asbestos mats .10
2 anti-splashers for faucets .05
Vacuum ice-cream freezer 2.50
10-piece earthenware set .85
While I am pretty sure they no longer make asbestos mats, I want a pair of anti-splashers!
East has an entire chapter devoted food that comes in a can. While she advocates the use of canned foods, she finds that cooking a whole can of any one item is simply too much food for one person to consume. Her chapter is aptly named "Half-a-can Recipes." Using the "saved" half-a-can for a salad later in the week is her favorite trick. One can then look forward to lima beans and corn in a French dressing. Or asparagus and pimientos in a French dressing. Or beets stuffed with cream cheese in a French dressing. Clearly, French dressing is a favorite.
Her recipes for midnight snacks are included in the chapter, "A Bite to Eat at Bedtime." She will include a half-a-can here and there for bedtime included in several rather complicated dishes. This one takes at least 30 minutes to prepare and could offer up some intense dreams.
Shrimp Wiggle1/2 cupful cooked rice1/2 can of peas1 can shrimp1 onion1 tablespoon butter1/2 cupful cream1/2 teaspoonful salt1/4 teaspoonful paprikaBrown the sliced onion in the butter;add the cream, rice, and peas; let cook up, and add the shrimp, salt, and paprika; simmer over hot water for fifteen minutes, and serve on crackers.
i don't know about the shrimp, but I am sure if you eat this right before bed, you will be the one wiggling!