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London County Council 1912

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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Annual Report of the London County Council, 1912.
Meat, fish, potatoes and vegetables, weights uncooked.
Roast and boiled pork to be at times substituted for roast or boiled beef or mutton, etc.
4 ozs.t shin beef, 2 ozs. split peas, 1/4oz. oatmeal or 1/2 oz tapioca, 1 oz. carrots, etc. = to each pint soup.
4 ozs.t shin beef, 1 oz. pearl barley, 1 oz. tapioca or sago, 1 oz. seasoning vegetable to each pint soup.
11/2 ozs. mutton, oz. pearl barley, 1 ozs. onions, 1 oz, carrots, 10 ozs. potatoes, etc. = 1 pint Irish stew.
Cornish pie—41/2 ozs. beef, 3 ozs. potatoes, 1/5 pint milk, 3 ozs. flour, f oz. dripping, etc.
Steived meat and rice—41/2 ozs. beef, ozs. rice, 1 oz. onions.
Stewed meat and haricot beans—41/2 ozs. beef, 1 oz. haricot beans, 1 oz. onions, etc.
2 ozs. haricot beans may be substituted for 6 ozs. green vegetables on Monday.
£ oz. jam, raisins, dates, figs or syrup, 13/4 ozs. flour, 1/2 oz. suet = 4 ozs. pudding ; if rice, sago or tapioca
substituted = 11/8 ozs. rice, etc., 1/2 oz. sugar, 9/16 pint milk.
2 ozs. flour,2/3oz. suet = 4 ozs. suet pudding.
Flour, dripping, etc., as necessary, to be used with fish.
4ozs. fruit uncooked, 3/4oz. sugar with water — 5 ozs. stewed fruit; rhubarb, apples, plums, prunes, etc., to
be substituted at times of the year when it can be done with advantage. An apple or orange may at
certain seasons be given in place of stewed fruit.
Quantities of condiments which may be required for various dishes are not specified,
N.B.—An additional allowance of 1 oz. of bread per child is to be issued at dinner. Such allowance, however, is
not to be served out in the ordinary course, but is to be available only in case children ask for an
additional amount of bread, and is to be disposed of at the discretion of the superintendent. The
bread if not used is to be returned to store.
Where alternatives are stated for dinner this is not to be understood as meaning that a permanent selection is to be
made of one of the alternatives to be used throughout the year. It should also be understood that in exceptional
local circumstances the superintendent may vary the order of the days of the week on which daily menus are
prescribed or may continue some special article of diet without alternation, provided that this is exceptional and
not a regular event. An a case in point, it might be convenient during the continuance of a spell of cold weather
to give pea soup each week.
oz. tea or coffee, 1/7 pint milk, 1/4 oz. sugar = 1/2 pint tea or coffee.
1/2oz. sugar, 1/8oz. peel, 1/16oz. carraway seeds or 3/4 oz. currants or sultanas, 21/2 ozs. flour, 1/2oz. dripping = 4-oz.
cake. 1 egg and 1 teaspoonful of baking powder to be added for each pound of flour.
*Supper or lunch—
Supper for older children. Lunch for children who retire at an earlier hour. For children under 10, 1/4pint
milk to drink. An apple or salad to be given occasionally, margarine then omitted.