Black pudding

black pudding

A gift from the step-mother, from her homeland. Prize-winning, she said. And I can well believe it. After more than a week of meatless purity what a girl really needs is some serious fried blood. And stuff. A bit too peppery for total child approval, ideal for maternal joy.

I took the picture to mail to the aforementioned step-mother by way of thanks. It appears here inspired by Krista‘s flowers and because black pudding is sixth on the list of the meme below which I couldn’t resist.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare – before the food police made it a crime
5. Crocodile – smoked, southern Africa, delicious
6. Black pudding – from weaning, and see above
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp – in France, where it was made to taste delicious
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho – never heard of it, sounds divine
13. PB&J sandwich – PB & marmalade mainly, but that should come within the definition of “jelly” shouldn’t it?
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart – but not in the US, does that matter?
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – oh yes, the memory of the violent vomiting on the top deck of the night bus is with me still, decades later, but that might have been the vodka we had after the papaya wine
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes – having googled them I think the answer is no
22. Fresh wild berries – the most memorable of which were cape gooseberries wild in Zimbabwe
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese – another childhood staple
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – sadly not, but I’d like to try
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters – smoked and tinned, not raw
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda – never heard of this either
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – sounds good
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float – individually but not together as a float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – ooooooooooh yes, a memorable evening that
37. Clotted cream tea – my search for the Best Cream Tea Ever continues
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo – well yes, but not in the US (see 15 above)
40. Oxtail – another from-childhood delicacy
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – not something I’d care to repeat
43. Phaal – clearly an omission in my curry education
44. Goat’s milk – I used to have to milk the damn thing
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut – but I had half a chocolate one the other day (my first ever)
50. Sea urchin – on sushi
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi – something else I’d never heard of
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – how I wish this weren’t so
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV – loony juice
59. Poutine – in Montreal
60. Carob chips – but only in extremis
61. S’mores – never heard of these before and they sound *nasty*
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin – as in kaolin and morphine? but of course
64. Currywurst
65. Durian – in Thailand
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – churros and chocolate in Spain
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini – but not proper sturgeon caviar for years
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost – in Norway, and not as unpleasant as I anticipated
75. Roadkill – not that I know of, but it’s possible
76. Baijiu – another unknown
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – and another
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong – C at university used to swim in it
80. Bellini – in Venice of course daaaaahling (as well as elsewhere)
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky – in the form of Mikado as they’re called in Europe
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – one star was the best I ever managed
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare – jugged
87. Goulash – in Hungary
88. Flowers – in salads
89. Horse – don’t think so, but definitely donkey
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam – frequently, at school
92. Soft shell crab – possibly in sushi but can’t be sure
93. Rose harissa – fancy restaurant in Paris, but not as good as that made here by F
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano – last year in Brooklyn
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor – in Tanzania, unbelievably delicious
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake – not sure

5 Replies to “Black pudding”

  1. I don’t think you would like a raw scotch bonnet. I popped one in my mouth once by mistake. But the scots do make the best black puddings in the world. There is something called “blood pudding” you can get in Lapland, but it’s not the same at all.

  2. Of *course* we ate it all! There were four slices and five of us (if you include the cat and dog who, of course, both had some). It was really transcendently delicious. Slightly too peppery for the children to be transported with joy but they ate it nonetheless.

    I’m a bit macho when it comes to chillies and have eaten many examples of many varieties both raw and in various states of cookedness. But I think you’re probably right, a raw scotch bonnet is probably not an unalloyedly joyful experience.

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