Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pudding?

I remember when I was growing up my hardworking Mum, in addition to making us all dinner every night, also made us a pudding. Sometimes it was quite simple (Instant Whip - a treat sadly no longer with us), sometimes it was a bit more complicated (yummy treacle tart) but it was always delicious (my favourite was chocolate sponge pudding with chocolate sauce).

I don't make separate puddings (or perhaps I should call it dessert ). Ram and I tend to sneak some kind of chocolately treat once the children are in bed, although the children are allowed ice-cream if they have finished all their dinner (this is not a regular occurance!).

Now that Harry has started at a new pre-school, the word "pudding" has entered his vocabulary. Some of the children make a dessert for all the children to have after their tea, and they must refer to this as their pudding. Harry hasn't picked up on any sweet and/or unhealthy connotations of the word yet - he uses it to talk about anything that comes after the first thing that he has eaten, whether that is a piece of cheese, fruit or ice-cream.

It got me thinking though. Do you make a separate dessert for the evening meal, or are you like me and find it enough of a challenge to put one course on the table at a time?

15 comments:

  1. I had forgotten about making puddings! I don't think I had that large a selection though. Do you remember 'panic pudding' for when I couldn't think of anything else? It was melt and bring to boil cocoa, syrup and butter, throw in some Rice Krispies and use the mix to line a tin or half fill dessert glasses, then top with Instant Whip. Mum xx

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  2. I have been known to make Panic Pudding. Yum. Usually here the girls have a yogurt after their dinner, Laura sometimes has some ice cream instead. And Mark and I might have a treat in the evening after they are in bed. I only usually make a dessert sometimes when we have company or if it's a special occasion.

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    1. I do make cakes I suppose, but I tend to just eat them as and when rather than call them dessert!

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  3. I occasionally make a crumble, or cake but often have ice cream, yoghurt or bought things...we tend to have these more than Alex though.

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    1. The children are starting to catch on now that we eat extras when they aren't about! I'd like to try a crumble, I just have no idea how to make these things!

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  4. My Mum used to make at least two puddings every day. One of them was always rice pudding and as we had it every day we called it - 365!

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    1. Wow, two puddings! I used to love my Mum's rice pudding, especially with hundreds and thousands mixed in!

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  5. We couldn't cope with trying to knock up a dessert as well!
    We tend to go with cakes which we've made earlier in the week, a yoghurt, strawberries or a banana, or a mini milk.
    If Seren's been really good she might be allowed a freddo as a treat once the boys are tucked up.
    To be honest they all dislike rice pudding and custard so until they get a taste- well, we'll cross that bridge!!

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    1. I couldn't manage to make a decent dessert every day either! And I don't think that mine would be too keen on rice pudding or custard.

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  6. I don't do pudding,mainly for healthy reasons and we just have never seem to need it to be honest.I did get a bit thoughtful about this issue when one of the boys friends mentioned that they always had pudding.I think now it would be a eek as I just manage the dinner without stressing myself about a pudding.
    Sometimes my youngest wil ask for a yoghurt afterwards and I think that's ok.
    I love the idea of emergency pudding :-) I must try that one day!Some interesting comments thrown up by this post! x

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    1. We do try to be healthy by not having pudding, but then end up just snacking on chocolate in the evening anyway! The emergency pudding is delicious!

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  7. I've decided to make a new start and make a pudding for the weekends. Its what my mum used to do - I can't believe my kids don't know about syrup sponge or lemon meringue pie

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    1. Good luck! I'd like to start making some different puddings (although my waistline wouldn't agree!)

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  8. We only do puddings at weekends, unless there's some special occasion. If we have a play date round and they expect pudding, we'll offer a yoghurt and/or some fruit. We only had puddings on weekends when I was a kid (crumble was a big favourite) but when my sister was a kid (she's 12 years younger) they had pudding every single day - usually something shop-bought, like a frozen cheesecake or Vienetta or something like that, or often just a cheap choc ice (they got a pack of 10 for £1 in the corner shop).

    We prefer pudding to be a special occurrence, rather than something the girls expect all the time. But I know people who use it as an additional means of getting healthy nutrients into their children - a fruit crumble made with oats and not too overloaded with sugar is actually really healhty, as is fruit and yoghurt.

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