November 13, 2012

National Indian Pudding Day

"Fath'r and I went down to camp/Along with Captain Goodin'/And there we saw the men and boys/As thick as hasty puddin'." - lyrics from Yankee Doodle

It's National Indian Pudding Day!

It's a popular dessert here in the Northeast, but there are still plenty of locals who've never heard of it before. It's a pudding type dish that originated in colonial times, and it uses corn meal instead of flour (flour was hard to come by back when those Brits landed in Massachusetts and set-up permanent camp). The main ingredient, though? Molasses... something our region definitely had an abundance of!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

With Thanksgiving so soon, this seems like an appropriately placed food holiday in the calendar of eats. And one I'm excited to try as I don't think I've ever had Indian Pudding before (as an ice cream, yes, but not the real thing). I don't know where I went wrong making it, but it came out like complete rubbish. A dear friend of mine's favorite food is Indian pudding and he told me that it's much easier to make it by sight, smell, and soul than by a written down recipe. I think - either way - today wouldn't have been my finest hour.

Despite photobombing this shit, even the rabbit didn't try any.

Happy National Indian Pudding Day!