“Spotted Dick” Left Behind
Marty Martindale

The off-shoots, the restless children, the ones who needed freedom at all cost from Mother spottedickEngland, endured dangerous passages over the raging main to arrive in a new land with no welcoming committee, no housing, a bitter winter and no familiar foods. The new Americans would have to content themselves with a whole lot of wild game, corn, pumpkins, squash and roach-like lobsters. Their fondness for sweet desserts had to become satisfied with pumpkin pie, chocolate pudding and devil’s food cake. Yes, lobsters were considered pests and animal feed in those days.

The new Americans never thought twice when they fled a land where savory stuffed sheep’s heart, brains on toast, calf’s heel jelly, pig’s trotters, chitlins,  tripe with onions, oxtail soup, tongue, blood pudding, deviled kidneys and sweetbreads were the “delish de rigueur.” They also left a land of heavenly puddings, “pud-puds” like Bakewell Tart, Rhubarb Crumble, Gooseberry Fool, Apple Turnover, Treacle Sponge, Jam Roly-Poly, Bread and Butter Pudding, Blancmange, Trifle and the much-loved Spotted Dick, swaddled lavishly in thick, golden, custard cream or sweeter-than-sweet treacle. Continue reading