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People, people who need pudding….

National Indian Pudding Day isn’t until November, but Indian Pudding was in the headlines recently…

with Barbra Streisand

streisand Paul Marotta wireimages for BSB

Paul Marotto Wireimages for BSB

Who was in Boston to sing……

(review of her show here )

and nosh…..

But one thing Babs said really caught everyone’s attention: she said in one of her first visits to Boston, she went to Durgin-Park and ate Indian Pudding. But then just recently, she said, when she asked about Durgin-Park, she was told it was closed!

We’re not sure who Babs was talking to, but clearly they provided her with wrong information. Durgin-Park is still open for business, and after Streisand’s concert, the restaurant was deluged with phone calls the next morning.

“Were not closed, we’re still open,” said Petya Petkova, one of Durgin-Park’s managers.

Globe Story

indian_puddingdurgin park

So this is Durgin-Park’s

Baked Indian Pudding recipe

in case they ever do close. They have been serving Indian Pudding since 1827 when they opened.

Barbra – save this recipe!

Here’s a slightly different version:

Indian Pudding

and another:

An Ode to Durgin Park’s Indian Pudding


Ipforbes closeup

Durgin-Park Indian Pudding with ice cream


Filed under Autumn, New England, Recipe

More Pudding ( a wicked way back one….)

and a Pudding Contest.
Here are the rules for the 2014 Pudding Hollow Pudding Contest:

This is the pudding mold/crown for the winner of the contest – knowing Tinky, there will be other wonderful prizes as well

1. Contestants must be able to come to Hawley, Massachusetts, on September 28 by 11 am. If you are unable to attend the actual contest, you may send your pudding with a representative. You will be eligible for some prizes but not for the first-place award. Contestants must bring enough pudding to serve at least eight people and must march in the PUDDING PARADE. (If finalists are coming from far away, they may arrange to reheat their puddings in local kitchens.)

2. All recipes must be from original sources. That is, the formula for your own squash pudding or your Aunt Myrtle’s rice pudding is eligible. A recipe from a book is not.

3. Ingredients must be listed in the order used in the recipe. All ingredients listed must be used in the recipe instructions.

4. No pudding that has reached the finals in a previous year may be reentered.

5. Recipes will not be returned. The Sons & Daughters of Hawley and the Merry Lion Press reserve the right to reprint all recipes. No pudding will be accepted in the contest without a recipe.


and now for a pudding from the past, in verse no less….

Receipt for a Pudding

 If the vicar you treat,
You must give him to eat,
A pudding to hit his affection;
And to make his repast,
By the canon of taste,
Be the present receipt your direction.

First take two pounds of Bread,
Be the crumb only weigh’d,
For the crust the good house-wife refuses;
The proportion you’ll guess,
May be made more or less,
To the size that each family chuses.

Then its sweetness to make
Some currants you take
And Sugar of each half a pound
Be not butter forgot
And the quantity sought
Must the same with your currants be found

Cloves & mace you will want,
With rose water I grant,
And more savory things if well chosen;
Then to bind each ingredient,
You’ll find it expedient,
Of Eggs to put in half a dozen.

Some milk don’t refuse it,
But boiled ere you use it,
A proper hint this for its maker;
And the whole when compleat,
In a pan clean and neat,
With care recommend to the baker.

In praise of this pudding,
I vouch it a good one,
Or should you suspect a fond word;
To every Guest,
Perhaps it is best,
Two puddings should smoke on the board.

Two puddings!– yet – no,
For if one will do,
The other comes in out of season;
And these lines but obey,
Nor can anyone say,
That this pudding’s with-out rhyme or reason

Contributed by Mrs. Cassandra Austen(Jane’s mother) to Martha Lloyd’s collection of recipes, 1808The Poetry of Jane Austen and the Austen Family  by David Selwyn (Editor)

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National Tapioca Pudding Day!

A bowl of tapioca pudding - sometimes called 'frog spawn' or 'fish eyes' to scare off the timid

A bowl of tapioca pudding – sometimes called ‘frog spawn’ or ‘fish eyes’ to scare off the timid

Who knew there was a Tapioca Pudding Consortium to rally for a National day of recognition?  Who are these tapioca aficionados? The mysteries of food and politics…..

Chocolate Tapioca pudding - egg free, gluten free, easy and tasty!

Chocolate Tapioca pudding – egg free, gluten free, easy and tasty!

Long ago , and not so far away, there was a little restaurant, really a large diner, and when we weren’t eating green macaroni and cheese for Friday night supper, we might, especially if it were summer it seems, go there for Friday night Fish and Chips. They also had tapioca pudding for dessert.  Brother number 3 had a special fondness for tapioca, and calling it fish eggs or fish eyes or anything else disgusting would not cause him to turn away. It’s also really easy to make, and adding chocolate makes this my favorite chocolate pudding. Ironically, Brother number 3 has a birthday on – you guessed it – National Tapioca Pudding Day. Many happy returns of the day, little brother! XoX

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding

1  egg

3 cups  milk

1/3 cup  sugar

3 Tbsp.  tapioca

3 oz.   semi-sweet chocolate ( chips or squares, or dark if you like it strong)

1 tsp.  vanilla (I’ve also used Kahlua or rum or anisette…..whatever liqueur you prefer or have on hand)

  1. Beat egg, milk, sugar and tapioca with wire whisk in medium saucepan until well blended; let stand 5 min. Add chocolate. So far the heat isn’t on
  2. Bring the heat up to medium until it’s  at a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Cool 20 minutes – this stuff thickens as it cools.
  4. Stir. Serve warm or chilled.
  5. Stir again before serving.


 recipe from Kraft Minute Tapioca , with notes from the Kraft website

Tapioca pearls are also found in Bubble Tea - great choice for a summer's day

Tapioca pearls are also found in Bubble Tea – great choice for a hot summer’s day


Filed under Birthday, Holiday, Perception ways, Recipe, The 1960"s