Sunday, May 18, 2008

I'm Baaaaaaack!

I feel as if I've been on a treadmill for the last month. I don't look like it, but I feel it!

The past couple of months have been a blur with overlapping singing projects, the final one being last night! And though last night went extremely well, I am so happy to have it behind me and looking forward to returning to my kitchen!

And because my boyfriend has been an exceptionally good boyfriend lately, what with stepping in to play fiddle on short notice at our concert last night, mowing my front lawn and the neighbor lady's, fixing up our bicycles and a whole host of other sweet things, I am making a treat for him tonight.

This is an English dessert, a recipe I got out of delicious magazine that I bought in England. It's called syrupy marmalade steamed pudding and you cook it on the stovetop. I found it on delicious' website, thankfully. Their picture's a lot prettier than mine!

The secret ingredient in it is this stuff called Golden Syrup. I don't think it's made anywhere in the US, but you can probably buy it from a specialty food store. It looks and acts like honey, all sticky and thick and gooey. But it doesn't taste like honey. It is sweet, but with a buttery note to it. It comes in a can that is like a little paint can.

The other special ingredient is the homemade Moxie Marmalade, made by Judy Boothby, Andy Boothby's mom.

It's quite a lot of trouble, but the end result is SUBLIME!

It's soft, spongy, moist, sweet and orangey and it melts in your mouth. This was my very first steamed pudding. Andy's mum made this recipe and recommended it to me, so I have her to thank for the idea. I didn't have a "pudding basin" like the recipe called for, so I just used a 1 quart pyrex bowl. The magazine picture showed it cooked in an individual portion, but I made it into one pudding and served it in wedges. Andy, his son Tom and I each had two wedges, and then I took the rest across the street to Joe and Debra while it was still warm. Too dangerous to keep it at the table!


debra said...

We scarfed it down! Thanks Janine, it was soooooooooooo gooooooooood! I almost needed a cigarette afterward. ;-)

And I'll wash your plate and get it back to you asap.

Joy W. said...

Wow! That looks good! Did you just happen to have some of Mrs. Boothby's moxie marmalade hanging around your house, or did you ask her to make you some?
I'll have to give this a try sometime!!

Janine Serresseque said...

I had a jar from Christmas time that I hadn't opened yet. Hoo Boy, it was good.

JB said...

This looks so yummy. I don't even like sweets that much - or honey - but this looks great! So glad you are back too. I have missed you!!I am sure all your projects were awesome!

Janine Serresseque said...

I am not a huge fan of sweets either. This was sweet enough to last me for months! It has a lot of orange zest in it, which gave it a bit of a tang!

pnlkotula said...

Yay - glad you're back! I'm going to have to move in with Debra and Joe. Or JB - her neighbors bring over food, too.

Jacquie said...

I just licked the computer screen. It didn't taste as good as I thought it would.