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Not the real thing, but quite good

  • Feb 15, 2009
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There are at least two known breeds of Spotted Dick (or Spotted Dog, as it was once called). The one that was a staple of my childhood (English working class) diet is a steamed suet pudding. It is made from suet, flour, sugar, currants and raisins, and is usually served with treacle.

The Heinz canned version is a very different animal, a member of the sponge pudding race, containing no suet. It is nice enough, and is especially good with English-style custard. It is tasty, filling and easy to prepare, and its name makes it great fun.

But if you are a fan of the Aubrey/Maturin stories and want to eat like them, be warned that this is not the real thing. The genuine Spotted Dick (or Dog), described in O'Brian's books, is the glorious suet pudding of my youth.

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review by . July 22, 2008
The News is Out! Now, Aubrey/Maturin fans, you can experience, at your dining table, the relish with which our beloved heroes gobbled their chow while sailing into a 50-knot tempest at Cape Horn with a French corsair or two hot on their stern! Don't forget to put a Boccherini CD on while the delectable sponge pudding is steaming in your nautical microwave.
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