This is an admirable thirst quencher. It is pleasant and refreshing; it may be served hot or cold, and is good either way. Mix a tablespoonful of fine oatmeal into a smooth paste with cold water, stirring well all the time. Put the whole into a pan and boil until reduced to two pints. (Set aside to cool, then pour the clear gruel away from the sediment; add the strained juice of a large lemon and a small quantity of powdered sugar. If liked the proportions given may be increased according to taste or requirement.