Steam Pudding Punk
The steamed pudding is a Victorian icon. Whether blazing in burning brandy, steeped in custard or covered in jam, a period pudding is a thing to reckon with. The truly authentic pudding would feature the shredded fat taken from around the kidneys of cows (that’s suet!). There would be flour in it. After that, all bets are off, depending on what you can afford. Eggs? Sugar? Booze? Fruit? Spices? If you boil it in a shirt sleeve, you might call it dead man’s arm. If it’s very plain, it might be ‘old lady’s leg’. Put fruit in it, and for reasons best not explored, you could end up with a spotted dick.
Of course a modern enthusiast for Victoriana need not limit themselves to traditional recipes. You want cranberry and rum, you can have cranberry and rum! (I’m not offering to buy them for you, just to be clear.) You don’t have to use fresh suet, if it scares you (it terrifies me). You can use vegi suet if you prefer. You can make it vegan, or you can put a scotch egg in the middle if that floats your steam powered boat. There are no rules. Except you have to eat it. Unless is was part of your escape plan and mostly consist of a device, in which case you just have to eat the edges and lick very carefully.
Once cooled, a steamed pudding hardens to a startling degree, such that it becomes somewhat feasible to use them as building blocks or weapons of battery. However, they cannot be filed to achieve a sharp edge. They are not recommended as carriers for explosives, being of uncertain density. Shrapnel puddings are all well and good for combat scenarios, but it is vital not to forget and inadvertently nibble. The English habit of adding small coins to Christmas puddings is of course a legacy from the tradition of pudding bombs, but is only charming if it is your purpose to choke a guest.
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