Tuesday, 26 November 2013

stirring it up on sunday

good evening everyone! guess what? it's a month until Christmas! i must admit to being one of those people who do actually still get excited about this time of year, even though i'm 26. cynicism has not taken over yet, and i still believe that this time of year is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, enjoying time with family (however much driving is involved) and showing love by giving gifts.

in line with the fact that Stir Up Sunday was last weekend, the lovely people at Yeo Valley asked me if I'd like them to send me the ingredients to make a traditional Christmas pud. of course, being the blogger that i am, i leapt at the chance, and fortunately received this beautiful package on my front door a few days later...


i actually wasn't planning on a pud this year - i'd never done it before, and given that i can't really eat it, it had not really crossed my mind. however, i love making new traditions, and even though i won't be able to have a slice, everyone else can! and i'll probably still have a little taste with a smidgen of hot custard.

so whilst visiting my grandparents, we popped on ClassicFM and got all the ingredients out... 


they not only sent me the ingredients & a recipe, but also a beautiful blue and white Cornishware pudding bowl to put it in. i shall treasure it forever. and if this goes well, perhaps make my Christmas pud in it each year!


there's no real way to make this much healthier if you want to store it until Christmas. my only switch was to add in wholemeal breadcrumbs instead of white. but i did keep in the same amounts of fruit, sugar and black treacle...


then all you have to do is stir it up...


and make sure as many family members have had a chance to stir it up too!! here goes my husband and my grandmother...


and my grandfather...


and then pop it in a pan to steam for 3 1/2 hours... after having made a fantastic contraption out of string for getting it in and out.


once you've steamed it, you'll need to take it out, let it cool and then store it in a cool, dark place until Christmas! i popped mine in a Christmas-y tin and then popped it with the bowls, where it will wait patiently...


so there you go, my first Christmas pud! if you'd like to make one too, there's still time! (essentially they just get better with time, but you can make them at any point from now until Christmas.) here's the Christmas pudding recipe for you - i'm sure you'll have fun making it!

thank you for reading - check back soon for more lunchboxes and foodie inspiration...

currently listening to: cool yule by louis armstrong & the commanders (arguably the best Christmas song ever?!)

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