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yes, but what is it?

I bought a ham this weekend and Stuart had a sudden brainwave and declared we couldn't have boiled ham without pease pudding. So he bought two tins.

'Yes, but what is it?' I ask him. He can't really describe it. 'But it's nice with ham,' he says. I look it up on Wikipedia, which tells me it's the same thing as pease porridge, and that it can be eaten hot, cold, or in the pot nine days old. Oo, and it also says this is part of 'Jigg's dinner', the favorite meal of Jiggs, the central character in George McManus's comic strip, Bringing Up Father.



I am guessing this is another one of Stuart's post-war mystery mushes, that only have nostalgic taste value. But I am hoping I am wrong, I'll keep you posted. (For more edible and semi-edible mysteries, have a look at benchilada's foods he tries 'so you don't have to'.)

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_w_o_o_d_
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm... English food...
jabberworks
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
*Traditional* English food. Much more scary than regular English food.
eruditebaboon
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh I've seen tins of that in supermarkets before - I love that the label design looks like it hasn't be been changed in 40 years!
jabberworks
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's true! It's funny how many of these things still lurk in Sainsbury's. Mostly in the tinned food section. I think they figure the people who buy vegetables in tins probably won't thank them for making changes. That said, I got freaked out last week when the apples changed sides of the fruit & veg aisle.
mr_sadhead
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I thought Jiggs was most fond of corned beef and cabbage, pref. enjoyed in the company of the boys down at Dinty Moore's. But, Wikipedia would know if anybody would.
jabberworks
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
First I heard of it! Apparently it's also part of a traditional Newfoundland dinner. Seems like something the polar explorers would drag along.
benchilada
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Delightful! I'd totally eat it.

(pssst. Your link to my stuff is wrong. :)

SYDHT

And totally keep us updated on the flavor!

Edited at 2009-06-10 05:35 pm (UTC)
jabberworks
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oops, just fixed it, thanks! Ha ha, I'm SURE you'd eat it! You are my overseas partner in sampling things, even if you didn't know it.
smurf_uk
Jun. 11th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Pease Pudding is pretty popular with pensioners in the north east according to my dad.

...But he also reckons Shropshire is south of Wiltshire so how truthful the former statement is I don't know.

Actually on food, if you really want a challenge how about Rogan Josh River Cobbler in Noodles? I made a batch once and it's a real battle of the wills teatime!
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