During my return from Bangalore I found a magazine – Savvy’s Cookbook at the airport. I picked it up and slept on it during the trip but when I later read it, I found that the magazine was really good. The magazine is well edited, covers food of all kinds and is very slick in appearance. I have the December issue which contains Christmas delicacies shared by famed Indian Chefs. Chef Ananada Solomon shared an ‘eggy’ steamed Christmas pudding his grandmother made, and I knew it would be tasty as the recipe itself gave an idea of how it was going to be. I veganized it by replacing the eggs with strawberry sauce, and also replaced the brandy with red wine. The result was a very tasty pudding but the colour isn’t what it should be, probably because I used organic jaggery in place of molasses. I have also reduced the amount of fruits and nuts to half and still the pudding seemed very rich to me! I am not putting down the recipe as I would like to make it once more to be sure of the quantities of ingredients used, and also try till I get that lovely dark plum colour.
P and I loved it with the cinnamon sauce (A spice that really stirs me up!). My children found it too heavy for their liking – both have them probably agree on only one thing! They hate dry fruits and nuts in cakes. A smattering of pine nuts or almonds is fine but not raisins, dates or the like.
I cut out a wedge for the picture and had to really hurry as Jr.H had already licked up some of the sauce that dripped on the side of the pudding! They took it to school for short break – my son seems to get a kick out of eating homemade delicacies in front of his class mates. If I ask him whether I should pack two pieces he says – “No, no! Just one huge piece.” Guess why? Nobody will pick up a half eaten piece but if there are two someone might take away the second piece while he is having the first! Earlier I tried changing his behaviour but now I feel that this is just a growing up phase and anyway my conscience would kill me – I don’t remember being miss goody two shoes any day! I am sure he will soon grow out of it because he is otherwise generous and shares when one of his friends forgets lunch. My daughter took two as she likes to share her things and tell me the reactions. This time most of her friends agreed that there were too many fruits in it. That is a cue for me when I make it again!