UPDATES! The Pudding Adventure is underway!
Yes, I am still resolved.
I will be using the Christmas Pudding recipe from a cookbook for food mentioned in O’Brien’s books.
Which it’s called Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. I want to use this book because it was given to me by a reader of this blog through my amazon wishlist! The use of the book, with the advice of those of you who have commented, will honor you.
This recipe doesn’t include the use of suet. And I am determined to use suet. Therefore, on studying the other recipes, I will adjust the aforementioned recipe for the addition of suet.
And I have determined the occasion for the consumption of said pudding: a meeting of my literary group at the end of January, which is within the Christmas limit of Candlemas.
I may make two. One to test. One to consume later.
I will head out this evening to gather ingredients which I lack.
For my Sunday Supper, btw, I am going to try to reproduce a Steak, Bacon and Mushroom Pie I had in London at Rowley’s.
BTW… did you know that Agatha Christie wrote a book called The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding? I didn’t! I wonder if my adventure will be as exciting… and lethal.
UPDATE 5 Dec 22:01 GMT:
It has begun.
I gathered the ingredients and set to this afternoon.
I decided to use a large food processor a lost friend gave me. Just for some quick mixing of the first ingredients.
Mixing some of the fruits. I did this in stages so as to get them well covered.
And now the suet. I got a huge chunk of the stuff. I hacked off enough for this recipe and then lopped the rest of it into small pieces for ziplock freezer bags.
I used the food processor to grate it, frozen. It worked well and saved time.
Blending it it.
Now the eggs.
Once the brandy was joined to the gooey mass, it went into the greased 2 liter pudding basin.
I covered it with a floured cloth and tied it down.
Into the large kettle, which has a cover.
The pudding is, as I write, steaming in its kettle. This will take about 5 hours in all.