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Puddings!

Discussion in 'Community Off Topic' started by plum, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    This one's dedicated to Solange because puddings make her happy.

    The nights draw in, it's cold, plumpness beckons. Let's muse on feasts and autumnal flavours. For greedy Plum, the favourite favourite is golden syrup steamed pudding with oodles of custard. I'm drooling at the mere thought. How's about the rest of you? What is your food of love? Are you a spotted dick kinda man or a jam roly poly girl? Tease our collective taste buds. Dive in.
     
  2. Solange

    Solange Well known member

    What about sticky toffee pudding?A modern classic. Slightly dense, dark sponge dotted with intense little nuggets of soft dates all marooned in a silky pool of hot butterscotch/toffee sauce. And never,ever go easy on the sauce for me. Nothing kills this pudding experience faster than a miserly dribble of sauce. Ladle it on I say and let tomorrow go hang. Ice cream is optional but if it's there it has to be vanilla; you can't gild a lily.
     
  3. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    You girls would be appalled at what we call "pudding" here in America. :eek: hee hee

    I'll take what you're having...
     
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  4. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I lived in the UK for about a year before I figured out what "pudding" meant. But I do think the American version is pretty good as comfort food.

    Tiramisu is my favorite dessert. Can I include that in the "pudding" thread?

    By the way--I'm so glad that Plum is back!
     
  5. Becca

    Becca Well known member

    Oh my goodness, that all sounds SO SO GOOD. Agreed, MontanaMom -- Plum and Solange, you both would be appalled by our "pudding" ...I'm appalled, reading this!

    I have so many foods of love (I'm totally stealing that phrase from you, Plum, by the way). Right now, I'm loving pumpkin bread. There's a little cafe/restaurant where I grew up that has the most delicious pumpkin bread...and when it's still warm, put a bit of butter on it...add cinnamon, bake it with chocolate chips...ohh, now I want some!

    I will say, though, a warm chocolate chip cookie -- made from scratch of course -- takes first prize every time.
     
  6. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    OK, I'm changing my favorite to a warm chocolate chip cookie right off the cookie sheet.
     
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  7. Becca

    Becca Well known member

    You really can never go wrong with warm chocolate chip cookies :)
     
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  8. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    God bless cultural differences, what is the american version of a pudding?

    Ellen, tiramusi is gorgeous and definitely counts. It's nice to be back my darling.
    Becca, you stir memories of the days I worked in a city bookstore. My walk through the railway station took me past a cookie seller and the aroma snared me everytime (Brit. reference - anyone remember the Bisto kids?), and I absolutely had to have a warm double chocolate chip cookie. I'd arrive with sticky fingers and a happy tummy.

    Today I had pancakes. The kind you munch on shrove tuesday, with maple syrup and lemon and sugar, and you always always always eat too many and the first one doesn't count because it's a travesty.
     
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  9. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    Solange, the internet ate my response to you which probably defines how much I adored your words. I call such temptations 'food porn'. Welcome to my world.
     
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  10. yb44

    yb44 Well known member

    My daughter brought back some Jello brand pudding when she last travelled to the U.S. She made up a pack of chocolate flavour the other day. It's still sitting in the fridge looking very sludge-like. Don't give Americans such bad press though. There are some great puddings like peach cobbler and blueberry buckle.

    This post made me smile because I picked the last of our cooking apples from the tree in our garden yesterday. I was contemplating an Eve's pudding but I might just go for that old fallback, apple crumble. Either way I must have a luxury brand custard to go with it. If it isn't flooded with visible flecks of vanilla, I'm not having it. Attempts to make my own so far have been pretty poor.

    My favourite pudding is the lemon one that separates in the oven to provide the sponge and the yummy lemon sauce with no fuss.

    I prefer my chocolate chip cookies to be crisp, but who on earth can wait til they cool down before gobbling up at least two?
     
  11. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    Mmmmmm....what a delicious thread!

    American pudding is usually made with a box of "pudding mix" which contains sugar, cornstarch and all sorts of nasty chemicals and flavorings. It's either whipped up with milk (instant) or cooked over the stove and then cooled. (A little better.) I make homemade pudding and it's much better...milk, sugar, cocoa, high quality chocolate....

    Bread pudding is delicious...made with stale bread that's tore into bite size pieces, eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and cooked in a warm water bath in the oven. Served warm with fresh cream over it...MMMMMM!!!
     
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  12. Solange

    Solange Well known member

    A tearoom I go to every few weeks has a pudding/cake tapas on the menu. The tearoom is part of an antiques centre and they serve the tea in old china teapots with strainers and milk jugs and mismatched old floral teacups ,saucers and plates. Cakes come on old-fashioned three tier cakestands. You can choose any six you like from a wide assortment of cakes and puddings. I went two weeks ago with a friend and we shared( tapas portion too big for one normal human appetite)a tapas between us and still had some left. over I can't quite believe it as I write, but we chose: Dundee fruit cake, bread and butter pudding, coffee and walnut cake, rhubarb sponge, chocolate cake and carrot cake all washed down with two pots of strong Twinings Breakfast tea.All this was at 10.30 in the morning!
     
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  13. Solange

    Solange Well known member

    A tearoom I go to every few weeks has just introduced a pudding/cake tapas on the menu. The tearoom is part of an antiques centre and they serve the tea in old china teapots with strainers and milk jugs and mismatched old floral teacups ,saucers and plates. Cakes come on old-fashioned three tier cakestands. You can choose any six you like from a wide assortment of cakes and puddings all seductively arranged on cakestands on the counter. I went two weeks ago with a friend and we shared( tapas portion too big for one normal human appetite)a tapas between us and still had some left. over .I can't quite believe it as I write, but we chose: Dundee fruit cake, bread and butter pudding, coffee and walnut cake, rhubarb sponge, chocolate cake and carrot cake all washed down with two pots of strong Twinings Breakfast tea.All this was at 10.30 in the morning!Needless to say, I wasn't too bothered about lunch that day.
     
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  14. Solange

    Solange Well known member

    :oops:Oops indeed! I thought I'd lost that first post. That's the second time that has happened to me in the last few days.Concentrating too much on the images of lovely puddings in my head and not enough on the technology,I expect.
     
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  15. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    Nowt wrong with that. Besides, your experience was so yummy it was worth reading twice. Hugs m'dear.
     
  16. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    MontanaMum, thanks for clarifying.
    Have you ever added chunks of chocolate to your bread and butter pudding? So indulgent and so good.

    yb44, how can a person choose between Eve's pudding and crumble? Both are gorgeous. Yes to the fine vanilla custard. I had to be dragged from the chocolate custard in Waitrose today. I adore custard.
     
  17. Becca

    Becca Well known member

    I'm curious, besides desserts, what are all of your favorite foods? Personally, I love chicken...I've been trying a new recipe each week of different chicken recipes. Among others, I've made chicken tikka masala, balsamic chicken with sweet onions and thyme, and ginger-plum chicken.

    Here's a pic of one my personal favorites, honey mustard crusted chicken, along with potatoes and good ol' caesar salad.

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    I keep taking photos thinking I'll make a food blog one day...in all my spare time (note the sarcasm)...ah well, better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, no? :)
     
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  18. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    Becca. I love you. When can I move in?
    I really should have married a chef.

    Also love chicken, especially in Indian dishes. We're quite spoilt in the UK as there are loads of fabulous Indian, Bengali and such, restaurants. I also adore pasta and noodles, bacon, roast dinners, any variation on the humble spud, bread and of course because I is female, cheese. Does red wine count as a food?
     
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  19. Forest

    Forest Forum Administrator

    Wow, that chicken photo looks simply delicious. I want to move in, too...

    Indian works for me, too. My latest obsession, after my big Korea trip (I promise I will post photos!) has been hot Korean stews. My favorite is a nice simple gochujang jjigae:
    jjigae.jpg


    ... I know that spicy hot foods aren't for everyone, but with some good rice and side dishes to balance out the heat... mmmm! delicious!

    (and easy enough that even I can cook it, and cooking meat terrifies me)
     
  20. Becca

    Becca Well known member

    Plum if you like chicken and Indian food, I have a DELICIOUS and low-fat recipe for chicken tikka masala. It was surprisingly easy to make!! Here's the recipe:

    Ingredients
    • 2 tsp canola oil
    • 1 small onion, minced
    • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
    • 4 oz fat free yogurt
    • 1/2 cup 1% (or skim) milk
    • 1 tbsp cumin
    • 1 tbsp garam masala
    • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
    • salt to taste
    • 16 oz (2 boneless) chicken breasts, cut into bit sized pieces
    • 4 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
    Directions
    1. Heat oil in large heavy skillet over medium heat
    2. Add onions and cook until golden; then add crushed ginger and garlic and cook another minute
    3. Add the cumin, garam masala, chili powder, and salt and mix well until fragrant, about 2 minutes
    4. Stir in the tomatoes, yogurt and milk and simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
    5. Add the chicken and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
    6. Add the chopped cilantro on top, and serve!

    Here's a pretty terrible picture (but a picture nonetheless)
    chickentikkamasala.jpg
     
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