For the last two years I made my own English-style Christmas Pudding. Delicious. A whole different theory of cooking. The flavors are amazing.
This year I am going to pay attention to Stir Up Sunday. 25 November is “Stir Up Sunday”, the Last Sunday after Pentecost.
NEXT SUNDAY Already!?!
Why is it called “Stir Up Sunday”? Because of the Collect prayer at Sunday Mass:
Excita, quaesumus. Dómine, tuórum fidélium voluntátes: ut, divíni óperis fructum propénsius exsequéntes; pietátis tuæ remédia maióra percípiant.
Also, because you stir up the ingredients for your Christmas pudding on Stir Up Sunday, and steam it, so that it has adequate time to set before the big day.
I must add a pudding basin or two to my wish list.
For various reasons I will have many more challenges in my preparation of the Christmas Pudding. But I located one basin, which was a gift from one of you readers from my wishlist, long ago. Also, since I am now using a different grocery store, I scoped out most of the ingredients. Rats… I forget to check if they had suet.
Will I use the recipe that included barleywine this year? If I can find a store that has it in the next few days, I will perhaps use that recipe again. It was really good.
Otherwise… a new recipe? There is a good one in the Patrick O’Brian series recipe book Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. A reader gave me that as well.
You can help me with the ingredients and win my gratitude as well as remembrance among the benefactors I pray for at Mass.
Finally, animi caussa…
Any resemblance to Basil, the hamster on sidebar, is entirely intentional.