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Acrostic Childhood Cooking Food Poetry

Conjure

Conjure

Crafting a dessert, is a bit of a magic trick

Oranges sliced and pineapples diced get laid in a dish, and

Next comes the syrup and then the batter, before the dish is covered in foil

Just before the dish is put in the oven – four holes are made to let out steam

Until its time – for it to be turned upside down and

Royally presented to all sat at the table

Excited little ones ask – can i have custard with mine ?

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Acrostic Birds Cats Food Treats

Crumble

Salford 22nd September

An Acrostic in response to the Daily Post….

Crumb

Cakes and puddings

Resolutely rounded off, their memory occasionally left

Under the dining room table – a veritable feast for the domestic

Mouse, guinea pig or hamster who help themselves to the

Bits of topping  missed by mum or dad

Look out , underfoot – and

Expect to find a very happy pet indeed – eating the crumbs

 

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Acrostic Food Poetry

Tart

Tart

Jamtarts.jpg

taken as a snack or a pudding

a buttery biscuit base inlaid with

rich fruit jam in its centre

totally tasty at tea time

 

twist on the tale ?

a bake well places an almond sponge

right on top of the fruity bit

tempting nevertheless

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Childhood Food Fruit Growing up Memories

Not hot…but not cold

Salford, 12th February 2017

Lukewarm

I have a vague recollection of Local Authority school puddings.

I speak of course of school dinners.

The sweet smell coming from the ovens whilst great vats of sweet smelling sauce bubbled away on a stove away from the main course.

The very idea of cabbage (or worse, curry) permeating through the desert ovens was a nightmare reserved specifically for Mathematics classes.   Horrors unleashed over a protractor or set square.  Thankfully, the cooks saved us from that.

Of course, there were likes and dislikes.

Pears in Syrup with cream (or if you were lucky – Chocolate custard), Peaches in Cream (or Custard) and Fruit Cocktail were regulars on the pudding menu – Fruit Yogurt on Odd days, and if it were something special – Angel Delight.  Of course, the good stuff was always balanced out with the bad – Prunes made an appearance on more than one occasion – and it took a load of Condensed Milk or Custard to take the taste away.

The Chocolate sponge and Apple pie always ended up with empty plates – They always covered the pie with vanilla custard, so thick – it would coat the back of the spoon and refused to budge.  Mash up the sponge in the custard, and it made an interesting (but very tasty ) Mix, and very little ended up in the slop heading for the litter bins.  Jam covered sponge (mostly strawberry) and Fruit sponge (mostly sultanas) were also favourites

Tapioca – a lesson in life if ever there was one and Rice pudding were regular puddings, if you got the rice pudding – you always got a drop of strawberry (or damson) jam

it changed your rice a different colour when you swirled it round.

And despite you all meeting up in the hall, and getting your dinner together – there would always be more than one goldilocks moaning her sponge and custard were cold.

As I got older – I understood where they were coming from.

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Cooking Food Pleasures Poetry

A trio of Puddings

a response to the prompt by inkdrop to One, Two, Three!

with a humble nod to the prompt Pour Some Sugar on Me

 

Three Sponge Puddings

Golden Syrup

Strawberry

Chocolate

(all served wi’ custard)

Three Cakes

Treacle

Coconut

Sultana

(all served with cream)

Three Cheesecakes

Vanilla

Mandarin

Blackberry

(Nice wi’ ice cream)

Tuck in!

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Food Treats

Puddings from my backyard

In response to the prompt Local Flavor

Salford, 26th June 2016

You mention the word pudding to me and i’ll ask you a basic question

Sweet or Savoury ?

You see, regular readers of this blog know I hail from that part of North West England known as Greater Manchester – or if you’re post Manchester County – I’m a Salford Lad from Lancashire.

Now the region I live in is the home to some fantastic traditional recipes, ranging from Lancashire Hotpot to Traditional Sunday Roast. But in addition to pies and pasties (which we adopted from our Cornish cousins) we also have Savory puddings

These are round suet pastry parcels which are filled (in the whole) with Steak and Kidney and then steamed in a water bath before being served up with vegetables of your choosing…Cut them open after cooking and the juices from the meat turn into a rich gravy. They go well with any vegetable – but nip to the local chippy and you’ll find them in the whole sold with chips.

steak-and-kidney-pudding

They go down nicely with a drop of HP Sauce.

Of course – we also have puddings in a sweet sense too. Sponge is my favourite (its a cake), again it can be steamed , but some people prefer their sponges oven baked – so whatever layer your sponge cake looks like comes out like the top layer is protected. Various fruits can go into a sponge cake, everything from Bananas to Apples, my particular favourite – Strawberry Jam particularly if its served with Vanilla Custard. A delicious Tea time treat.

regional favourites from the area ? There’s the regional variation on the tartlet, with jam and sponge covered in marzipan fondant in bakewell whilst up the road, in greater Manchester, the sponge goes and the jam is layered with custard and coconut.

And my favourite school dinner pudding when I was younger – Chocolate Sponge and Chocolate Custard.