Yesterday I made the Thanksgiving pudding from the Fannie Farmer cookbook, with minor alterations. I have an open can of dehydrated apples that need using up, as well as powdered eggs, so I substituted the figs in the recipe for the apples, and added the rind of a lemon as well, since I had it. The most interesting part of the whole thing was using suet instead of any other fat. Most folks these days would balk at cooking with beef fat, but these were grass fed cows, which means the fat is chock full of Omega 3's. At any rate, I grated the suet on a box grater, and was amazed to see it crumble into fairly tiny bits. The recipe told me to cream the suet (like you would butter) only it wasn't really cooperating and I figured oh to hell with it- just let the crumbles melt into the pudding. The pudding turned out great! If you haven't any experience with steamed puddings, I suggest you try at least one. I happen to have a pudding tin that I got years ago from Williams and Sonoma for around fourteen dollars which they no longer seem to have. I also have a small footed stainless steel mixing bowl that I sometimes use, but you can use any heat proof bowl and cover it tightly with two sheets of aluminum foil, or you can do as Ruth did in Victorian Farm and thoroughly rub flour into a dampened tea towel (use one with as little texture as possible) and tie the pudding up in that. I'll have to try that last one, as I have simmered German napkin dumplings (Serviettenknodel) in a buttered damp tea towel with great success, so I'd be interested to try flour instead.
The other thing I did this week was to cook one of the tongues. Steve loves tongue, and since I love Steve, I wanted to try this for him. However, I wasn't too sure about this because there's a certain ick factor involved: you have to boil the tongue and then peel it. Ewww, right? I consulted several cookbooks that I reckoned would have instructions for tongue: The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, and The German Cookbook. The basic instructions for all of them say to thoroughly scrub the tongue first, which I did. What they don't tell you is how much it smells.
|Stinking in the sink|
So there it is: my tongue and suet projects. If nothing else, I should get brownie points for bravery.