The tradition of Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding is the traditional end to a delightful Christmas dinner, but Christmas pudding has not always been what it is nowadays.
Racing towards Christmas, our pace is reaching the gallop motion to get all the preparations done, shopping, wrapping presents, preparing Christmas dinner and all that, let’s take a quiet moment for this historical story.
Christmas pudding originated in the 14th century as porridge, made with beef, mutton and raisins, currants, wine and spices. People started to add eggs and bread to the porridge mix and by the late 16th century it had turned in a pudding, in the second half of the 17th century Christmas pudding was banned by puritans in the UK, who considered the concoction “a bad custom”.
King George the 1st of Britain enjoyed plum pudding a lot and re-installed the custom of Christmas pudding in the early 18th century.
Throughout history many superstitions have surrounded Christmas pudding, notable is the one that there should be 13 ingredients, representing Jesus and his 12 disciples and that each member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding from East to West in honor of the wise men who came from the East.
Although Christmas pudding is eaten at Christmas, some details of the pudding are associated with Easter. The traditional sprig of holly on top is a reminder of the ‘crown of thorns’ Jesus wore when he was crucified.
When Christmas pudding is served, we pour brandy or another spirit over it and lit it at the table for some additional spectacle, this custom is said to represent Jesus’s love and power. The traditional holly decoration on top of the pudding originates from medieval times when people believed that holly brought luck and had healing powers.
Hiding a silver coin in the pudding is another age old custom and it is said that good luck will bestow on the person who finds it.
The coins are sometimes replaced by different items to symbolize a prospected happening to the finder; a ring would make you rich and a promise to marriage for bachelors.
If this little historical story has given you the idea of making one this Christmas, here is a recipe:
Christmas pudding is pretty easy to make, but takes time!!
A ring or coin if you like good luck or you want somebody to get married (optional)
The next day:
Note: add the ring or coin before steaming.
This is the last post before Christmas, I wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas, God Bless, enjoy your celebrations and I will see you on the other side of Christmas with more ideas how to use your vacuum sealer.
By: Marinus Hoogendoorn