Yesterday, I took my kids on a culinary adventure to a British restaurant in San Diego. I had originally eyed Shakespeare Pub & Grille when I went to eat at El Indio with family a few months back. My goal was simply to have some British fare, something my maternal ancestors would have had. Basically this all boiled down to a single dish I've wanted to try for some time.
|Loved sitting on the patio on a beautiful day. Photo (c) 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
Now, I know that name of this dish might spur chuckles among my fellow American readers and because I seem to be a magnet for spammers with creative love ideas I chose not to include the name of this dish in the title of this blog post.
Yes, the dish is...spotted dick.
|Spotted Dick. Photo (c) 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
|What it looks like inside. Photo(c) 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
After a wonderful ploughman's plate with a scotch egg (hard boiled egg encased in sausage and then rolled in breadcrumbs before being baked) I decided to go with dessert and I wasn't disappointed. Spotted dick is a steamed pudding with raisins (basically reminded me of a cake with raisins that was topped off with custard.)
|Part of the Ploughman's Plate. Photo (c) 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
|Scotch Eggs. Photo (c) 2013 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
I had always wanted to try this because many years ago, a Mormon cookbook I had purchased talked about how early English pioneers ate this dish. I think there may have even been a variation that was used as they were crossing the plains. Since these are my ancestors, I wanted to try something they would have enjoyed.
Anyway, for today's Food Friday here's a rather vague recipe for Spotted Dick (From Good Housekeeping, August 30, 1890 available on Google Books) and a reminder to go out and be adventurous! Try something your ancestor's ate.