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Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:28 pm
by Lmo
I've just discovered steamed "puddings"... in particular I'd like to try a 'suet' pudding.

Problem is... can't find the proper suet. Vegetable shortening (like Crisco, etc.) isn't acceptable.

Can somebody provide me with a source?

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:45 pm
by dneprlover
Can't help with a Source Lew but if you are not careful, you could end up with a spotted dick.

Me, I prefer Jam roly-poly

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:40 pm
by windmill
Lmo wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:28 pm
I've just discovered steamed "puddings"... in particular I'd like to try a 'suet' pudding.

Problem is... can't find the proper suet. Vegetable shortening (like Crisco, etc.) isn't acceptable.

Can somebody provide me with a source?
If you have a real butcher shop in your area, they should be able to provide it by request.

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:26 pm
by Mike Robinson
... in Canada

Ah the British diet and suet.

Commercial brand Atora has vegetable (green box) and beef (blue box) versions. I prefer the blue, but the green is good.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=atora+suet&c ... b_ss_i_1_5

A good food store or butcher will have shedded suet.

Dumplings for soups or stews ... true joy.

Mike

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:10 am
by logsjune
Mike Robinson wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:26 pm
... in Canada

Ah the British diet and suet.

Commercial brand Atora has vegetable (green box) and beef (blue box) versions. I prefer the blue, but the green is good.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=atora+suet&c ... b_ss_i_1_5

A good food store or butcher will have shedded suet.

Dumplings for soups or stews ... true joy.

Mike
Sounds yummy. It should go well with the duck fat stew on our next trip

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:36 pm
by Lmo
Thanks for the feedback gents.

A visit to my local butcher shop didn't help much. Now this is an old time California shop, saw-dust-on-the-floor, hams hanging from the ceiling, their own smoke house, but all he could provide was hunks of beef fat trimmed from the steaks, roasts, etc. From what I've read (gasp) the fat used is taken from around the kidneys. In the past he has given me free beef fat; I render it down and use if for frying potatoes ... but that's another story.

So, I'll order some Atora.

I want to do a 'savoury' recipe of some sort.

Anyone have a family favorite to share.

Spotted Dick looks awesome.

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:03 pm
by sixbennetts
While stationed in the UK, I was told by a English friend that he would use a 50/50 mix of strained bacon grease and commercialy available lard for his baking needs. Said it's a tasty substitute.

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:41 pm
by Mike Robinson
The Atora Cookbook

http://www.atora.co.uk/Atora/media/down ... ecipes.pdf

There is a cook book called ‘Tough Guys Grub’. I used to have a copy, sadly lost over time. The recipes are from a simpler time when we did not have the options available to us that we now have. My dad who grew up in the 1930’s used to make ‘Force meal balls’. Cut up stale bread, suet, and parsley, salt, pepper, water to bind into 1” balls then baked until crispy. Actually quite wonderful and they go very well with chicken. They were a meat substitute when meat was not available. I corrected him once saying it was French and Faux and not Force. You can guess the rest of the conversation. Needless to say the French and I were wrong ...

The recipes call for self raising flour https://www.deliaonline.com/ask-lindsey ... lindsey-83

Dumplings are great in any soup and stew. The recipe is on the side of an Atora pack. Mmmmmmmmm


Suet may come with a Government Health Warning, not exactly health food, but fabulous.

Now all this talk of food has me hungry, where is that Black Pudding! Yum

Mike

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:31 am
by dneprlover
Mike Robinson wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:41 pm

Now all this talk of food has me hungry, where is that Black Pudding! Yum

Mike
There was some in my fridge until about an hour ago. It's inside me now. Got it from Bury Market yesterday along with dome savoury ducks and faggots :D

I'll telt thee an owd fashioned storey
That me grandfaither yoused t relate
Bout a joiner and building contactor
whose name wer Sam Oglethwaite

In is shop on banks o t'Irwell
Owd Sam used t follow is trade
In a town you'll happen of heard of
Called BURY, (That's wear all BLACK PUDDINS is made)

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:44 pm
by Obo Scribe
dneprlover wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:31 am
Mike Robinson wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:41 pm

Now all this talk of food has me hungry, where is that Black Pudding! Yum

Mike


I'll telt thee an owd fashioned storey
That me grandfaither yoused t relate
Bout a joiner and building contactor
whose name wer Sam Oglethwaite

In is shop on banks o t'Irwell
Owd Sam used t follow is trade
In a town you'll happen of heard of
Called BURY, (That's wear all BLACK PUDDINS is made)
And it's where I was born. Drove through the other week, it doesn't change much.

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:34 pm
by dneprlover
Obo Scribe wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:44 pm
dneprlover wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:31 am
Mike Robinson wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:41 pm

Now all this talk of food has me hungry, where is that Black Pudding! Yum

Mike


I'll telt thee an owd fashioned storey
That me grandfaither yoused t relate
Bout a joiner and building contactor
whose name wer Sam Oglethwaite

In is shop on banks o t'Irwell
Owd Sam used t follow is trade
In a town you'll happen of heard of
Called BURY, (That's wear all BLACK PUDDINS is made)
And it's where I was born. Drove through the other week, it doesn't change much.
Someone once asked me what I thought of Bury as a whole. I said it should be filled in!

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:45 pm
by Lmo
Nay lad, thou art wrong, said Noah
It'll rain a lot more, I'll be bound
Come on lad, sell us your maple
Bugger off, said Sam, and then drowned.

Like the "way" you tell it better DL

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:57 pm
by Mike Robinson
Ecky Thump

Nuf Sed

M

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:36 am
by Claus
This thread really makes me thinking about visting old friends in England and Scotland who are a couple of years older than the wife and me and we have not met them for many years. Still writing and getting Christmas cards but that´s not like sitting together and having a chat.
I maybe should talk to the missus to make a plan...

Re: Any British Expats here in the States?

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:08 pm
by Peter Pan
Claus and Martina go for it.
If not you will have family meeting like I had last year.
Visit at Godfather in Northyorkshire. Out of the 8 family members I used to know, I met 4 on one grave yard, from a fifth her cross with flowers on M1 close to Silverstone race track. And only 2 are still alive.

Visit your friends while you still can:
Yesterday had a birthday party of a study friend: dance and sing with music made by hand.
"zapatos rotos...." :kumbaya:
Today it rains cats and dogs...

Nobody will be able to take from you, what you have danced. :party: :P