A recipe in an 1877 cookbook for Egg Gruel claimed to be good for treating a cold. It was included in a section titled “Food for the Sick.”
As a historical novelist, I’m always interested in learning tidbits from our history. Gruels were given to Civil War soldiers in hospitals.
Whisk the egg white separately. As there were no guidelines, I whisked until frothy. This worked well.
Stir a cup of boiling water into the yolk mixture.
It looked far more appealing than expected but I didn’t taste it. I don’t have a cold at the moment or I might have been tempted.
Good luck! I’d love to hear if you try this recipe.
-Sandra Merville Hart
Compiled from Original Recipes. Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping, Applewood Books, 1877.