Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sussex Pond Pudding for St George's Day

Here's one I made earlier [this year]:

picture photograph image sussex pond pudding 2008 copyright of sam breach
Today is England's National Day [you know, the one that nobody celebrates or even remembers the date of], St Georges Day. This English pudding, containing a whole lemon and brown sugar was made using chopped fresh beef suet using a recipe from Jane Grigson who calls it: "The best of all English Boiled Suet Puddings... The name of the pudding refers to the sauce, which runs out of it, when it is turned onto a serving dish, and provides it with a moat of butter brown liquid."

QUESTION OF THE DAY graphic copyright sam breach
?How are you celebrating St George's Day?

2007 | To Celebrate St George's Day, 65 people from all over the world insist that English Food is Not A Joke Because...

2006 | An English Tea Party for St George's Day with live Flickr Photo Set.

© 2008 Sam Breach
Sussex Pond Pudding for St George's Day


  • At 22/4/08 23:18, Blogger Sam said…

    I am rather ashamed to admit that I'll be meeting some friends for Italian food, instead of English, this evening. My excuse is the lack of good English food in the Bay Area. When is somebody going to open a decent English restaurant? Isn't every other ethnicity but, covered?

  • At 23/4/08 04:24, Blogger ChrisB said…

    Well I do remember St George's Day, albeit that I don't celebrate~ that pudding looks good!

  • At 23/4/08 05:19, Blogger Curly said…

    Happy St. George's Day!

    Do you think it ought to be a Bank Holiday?

  • At 23/4/08 09:25, Blogger Allen said…

    Happy St. George's Day, Sam!

    If you were to find the ideal English restaurant locally, what are the top 3 dishes you'd like to see on the menu?

  • At 23/4/08 09:41, Blogger Sam said…

    1) Fish & Chips
    2) Roast Beef & Yorksire pudding
    3) A warm sausage sandwich with English mustard
    4) Afternoon Tea (with clotted cream)
    5) Bakewell Tart (with clotted cream)

    oh? Did you say just 3? oops - well you didn't want me to leave out dessert, did you?

    I would also two dishes that are borrowed from other ethnicitys, but which I miss the British versions of:

    1) Chicken Tikka Masala
    2) Crispy Aromatic Duck with Pancakes & Hoisin sauce

    This is my idea of a perfect modern English menu and you can see what that actually looks like here

  • At 23/4/08 10:20, Blogger Anita (Married... with dinner) said…

    Belatedly, we're celebrating this weekend with sloe gin cocktails and an english supper :)

  • At 23/4/08 11:42, Blogger Owen said…

    Well - it's also my brother's birthday - so that's one way to celebrate.

    I'm also going down the pub (well the sports bar) at lunchtime to watch Manchester United play Barcelona in the Champions league. Much as I hate Man Utd in all domestic competitions, I will be supporting them today.

    My personal english menu

    fish and chips
    roast beef and yorkshire pudding with english style roast potatoes and fresh (NOT mushy) peas.
    Jellied eel and mash and mushy peas
    cornish pasties
    A high end ploughman's - wedge of montgomery cheddar, chunk of granary bread (unavailable outside England in any form currently), pickled onions, piccalilli, apple wedges and a pint of cloudy cider.
    toad in the hole
    cumberland sausage with redcurrant jelly and mustard
    lancashire hotpot
    steak and oyster pie
    sliced beef tongue sandwiches with hot mustard
    spotted dick and custard
    sussex pond pudding
    mince pies
    smoked mackerel pate and toast
    fresh spring peas with pearl onions
    english strawberries and clotted cream
    high tea
    poached salmon with cucumber scales in jelly and a dill sauce

    beer, beer and more beer - London Pride, Ruddles, Spitfire Ale, Courage Directors, etc etc

    I could go on for a very long time....

  • At 23/4/08 12:39, Blogger Sam said…

    Owen - just checking in that you DO know the difference between afternoon and high tea, don't you? It's one of my pet peeves that people say High tea when they mean Afternoon tea.

    Had I been allowed more than 3 choices, i certainly would have had a similar list to yours. Toad in the Hole is a really good one.

  • At 23/4/08 13:03, Blogger Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said…

    Looks tasty! Happy St. George's Day!

  • At 23/4/08 15:26, Blogger Bron said…

    Happy St. George's Day Sam!
    I remember/ed, as my St. George's Day Battenberg Cake is my most popular blog post of ALL time! I'm the 'Queen of Battenberg Cake' on the web it would seem! haha take that Mr Kipling!!
    Sadly I haven't made it again since, have to change that!

  • At 23/4/08 17:32, Blogger Owen said…

    Sam - yes I do - and one of my fondest memories is staying at the Chirnside Country House Hotel during Summer holidays as a child with a REAL high tea for us kids every night. Poached salmon was particularly memorable. One of the reasons I like it is that as far as I can tell, High Tea is purely English.

  • At 23/4/08 17:57, Blogger Sam said…

    that sounds like a posh version - poached salmon - and in a hotel! I grew up on high tea which we just called 'tea' and is pretty much a working class thing - so much so, we all believed that 'dinner' was something that was eaten at noon!

  • At 23/4/08 17:57, Blogger Sam said…

    that sounds like a posh version - poached salmon - and in a hotel! I grew up on high tea which we just called 'tea' and is pretty much a working class thing - so much so, we all believed that 'dinner' was something that was eaten at noon!

  • At 24/4/08 07:38, Blogger Zoomie said…

    I think the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach is as close as I've found to true English fare in the Bay area - I had Bangers and Mash there one time and Ploughman's Lunch another time. You might trundle out there on a lovely day like today to celebrate St. George's Day!

  • At 24/4/08 08:40, Blogger Sam said…

    Good suggestion Zoomie - I have been there before and how nice it would be to go there today if I didn't have to work, huh?

  • At 24/4/08 15:18, Blogger Zoomie said…

    Oh, just blow it off and go! :-)

  • At 24/4/08 15:36, Blogger Sam said…

    Not going to happen. I don't have a car and I am at work in Redwood City. It would probably take me 3 days to walk there ;)

  • At 24/4/08 16:19, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would add welsh rarebit to the list :)

    Now I am incredibly hungry.

  • At 24/4/08 17:07, Blogger Sam said…

    But Cameron, that's WELSH!
    I love welsh rarebit, but it can't be on the St George's day list ;)

  • At 25/4/08 04:15, Blogger Beccy said…

    Well I grew up in the same house as you but I had it instilled in me that lunch was at noon. We had tea therefore I thought dinner was something the aristocracy ate in the evening because they were really posh!

  • At 25/4/08 07:07, Blogger Sam said…

    Hi beccy - I think the confusion is that I think it was dad (as in Embee) who installed this lunch fact in us a little later in life. I think before that, from what we learned (maybe at school as much as anywhere) that dinner was at dinner time which was noon. Because I am 4 school years ahead of you, I probably did spend the first 10 or more years until without having that lunch correction enforced. And consider this... In order for us to have been corrected so many times (as I recall we were), we must have had something wrong instilled in us in the first place. Maybe as it happened to you at a younger age than me we have a different overall perception of it now.

  • At 25/4/08 07:07, Blogger Sam said…

    Curly - I don't think we need a holiday - just a celebration ;)

  • At 25/4/08 13:38, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This looks good!

    I celebrated by going to the London celebrations which included a food market. YUM.


  • At 26/4/08 16:49, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sam, haha but reconsider this. :) Welsh rarebit might have been Welsh (or continental) 300-500 years ago, its provenance is highly speculative at best these days.

  • At 28/4/08 11:13, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sam, I recently discovered your delicious blog and have to say that it really takes the biscuit as best British blog this side of the Atlantic! Next time you are up in Sonoma County, stop by for some Anglo-Italian homemade wine and a sausage roll! It was toad in the hole and a bit of an overly sweet cherry Bakewell tart for dinner on St George's Day at our place!


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