We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Actually my M.I.L. is English and although she can't cook worth beans, she does make a killer Yorkshire Pudding, which I really love with a good standing rib roast and lots of gravy. Smokes up the kitchen somethin' dreadful though.
Mmmm, it's pudding season.
Sponge pudding is what I enjoy making, it's a simple steamed pudding made with Lyle's Golden Syrup. I have yet to meet anybody who doesn't enjoy it. It's a bit of a trick to get the steaming right but with practice it's easy. This is one of the dishes my Mum brought from England that I learned before her passing.
Obviously it comes after one has a nice Yorkshire pudding with a Rib roast. Yorkshire pudding should not smoke out the whole kitchen. You need a very hot oven. If it's smoking, it just means you have a dirty oven that needs some attention. Get the Oil blazing hot, then add the batter and away you go. Beautiful little gravy sponges will emerge from the oven 20 minutes later. Don't peek, let them rise.
Enjoy a Young's Double Chocolate Stout with your spotted dick pudding.
We used to make fun of an atheist religion major Grateful Dead follower working landscape during the summer with us wrong side of the trackers by calling her ol' pudding ass, it was all in great fun as guys mock and don't mean it while the gals compliment and don't mean it.
Eisenhower and the Hippies
I always wondered about British pudding, because some of it seems to be made out of meat. I once had a pork pie, too, and it was like eating wet cardboard. Not a fan of British cooking.
Strictly "pudding" refers to the products of steaming, so the contents may be savoury or sweet.
Pork pie is definitely not any sort of pudding and it shouldn't be in the least cardboardy (RebeccaH). You might try a Melton Mowbray pork pie https://savordish.com/melton-mowbray-pork-pie
and don't try to heat it up, it's meant to be served cold and may indeed become cardboardy if heated!