Saturday, November 28, 2020

I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus

Get ready to kick someone under the hammertoe, because the festivities are coming early to the townhouse at the top of the Burt Street hill. Truth is, we never took the hammertoe down last year, but I won't tell anyone if you don't. 

It isn't just us. The Tree of Lights at the corner of 90th and Dodge is lit. I only saw it in the very early morning as I made a pre-dawn trip to the supermarket to avoid crowds. Going out at night seems like something from another timeline. If I'm honest, so does going out at all. 
Somewhere in the blur of the last couple weeks, pfeffernusse were baked. Halving, the recipe still resulted in several full tins, but they last for months. 
Speculaas last indefinitely as well. So that's done. For Thanksgiving I successfully roasted a turkey-no small accomplishment for someone that's been a vegetarian since 1983! It wasn't that different from roasting a large chicken. It was only a 9 lb. turkey. How nice to prepare something that was enjoyed, and there will be a couple days of leftovers for sandwiches. Also, if you can't eat a holiday meal in pajamas and gesture with large poultry legs, are you really even celebrating? 
Yeah. The eagle-eyed might notice the gravy boat in use. It is a rare occasion when gravy requires a trip to the table in dedicated china, but for those moments at holidays that would feel bourgeoise and embarrassingly aspirational the rest of the year, it is nice to have a gravy boat that matches the china pattern. I have Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers because my mother did. This isn't her set. I bought the same china as an adult because I lack imagination. Note also the bottle of BBQ sauce-that doesn't require a specific use vessel. 
The pandemic has been an opportunity to dig through the wardrobe and wear things that probably wouldn't see the light of day in a typical year. This vintage polyester dress was purchased to re-sell, but 2020 being what it is, it ended up worn. I haven't been to a thrift store since February, but fear not-the wardrobe of Goody McGoodface knows no bounds. It might get a little strange as time goes on, but that's likely more a consequence of isolation and boredom than anything lacking in the wardrobe department. 
The shoes came off immediately after snapping the photo as footwear beyond slippers hasn't been required but once a fortnight, and only a fool would wear shoes like this to the supermarket. I'm trying to avoid the hospital with Covid, to end up there with a broken hip would just be humiliating. 
The clocked stockings arrived and were immediately put to use keeping my legs warm and fashionable in a 19th century sort of way. They reach mid-thigh on my short legs.
The tiny bit of elastic at the top is enough to keep them up, which was a pleasant surprise. 
Blouse and skirt are by different makers and were likely manufactured a decade or two apart. Somehow, the pieces work well together. That's always such a nice bonus as I rarely purchase clothing with what I have at home to match. That's a failing on my part, but ever the magpie distracted by something shiny and pretty, it is easy to get caught up in purchasing impractical clothing, particularly at thrift store prices. Perhaps the year off from shopping will cure me of this consumption pattern, but I wouldn't wager on it. 
Anyone else having disrupted sleep patterns? Most years the time change happens and aside from noting how it turns dark earlier, I don't think much about it, but this year I'm all out of sorts. Hopefully this will adjust as winter goes on, because bolting awake at 4 AM isn't enjoyable even if the extra couple of hours before anyone else rises does afford the opportunity to accomplish things without distraction. I typically go to bed before the rest of the family, which means I'm met each morning by dishes, empty soda bottles sitting on the floor, and the like. Sometimes it feels like I live in a fraternity house, but it isn't an enormous inconvenience to clean a few dishes as I wait for the kettle to boil in the morning. I've personally never understood the inability to walk a few dishes to the sink, and soda bottles to the bin. I don't consider myself a neat-freak in the pathological sense, but this level of laziness surprises me. So yes, the extra time is at least being put to use. We won't talk about what I found downstairs when I emerged from my post-election isolation in the upstairs bedroom. It wasn't good, but it could have been much, much, worse. It appears effort, albeit of the very most minimal sort was made, and for that I'm appreciative. 
That went off-topic quickly, didn't it? Here, have another vintage outfit. This one's a Pendleton skirt worn with a 60s cardigan and some Clarks shoes of unknown vintage. Grey shoes don't seem like an obvious wardrobe workhorse, but they've reliably satisfied when neither brown nor black would have been appropriate. They're ugly as fuck, but get the job done. Being Clarks they're also comfortable and really, with all 2020 has given us, why wouldn't comfort be a priority. Besides, they're only getting worn for the photograph because as already mentioned earlier, who needs shoes to stay home? 
Isn't the embroidery on the cardigan the sweetest? 
Winter specific pendant. 
Underneath, I'm wearing a white, silk sweater. Without the cardigan it is rather ugly, but has the advantage of being both lightweight, and warm. It shows absolutely every lump and bump (of which my body has many) but earns a place in my permanent wardrobe for functionality. There's a certain sort of Midwestern woman that wears a white poloneck, typically with an ugly denim pinafore and Birkenstock shoes. As I homeschooled Danny through 8th grade, I was more than aware of the stereotype. I've never owned a denim pinafore, or a pair of Birkenstocks, but I'm going to keep wearing the white poloneck. 
At the other end of "Homeschooling Mother" wardrobe extreme, we have the "Swathed in velvet" look, which is also comfortable and warm. 
I do enjoy a good cardigan. This one is from the 780s, a rare purchase from The Gap. Remember when Gap made clothes you'd want to wear? 
As I'm home all the time, it is a good opportunity to wear accessories I'd worry about losing or damaging. This cameo is one of many in my collection, but the seed pearls make it particularly nice-and fragile. It is so thin-just look at how the light shines through the back.
Someone added the pin at some point. The pendant itself is quite antique despite the newer piece. It always amazes me how things survive in such good condition. Anyway, it was nice to wear it around the house. 
A rarely worn vintage Laura Ashley corduroy dress went nicely with the cameo. 
This ART cameo brooch is from the 50s. It is beautifully made, but plastic, not shell. Never underestimate good costume. I happily wear this one outside the house, though I'd probably be unhappy if I lost it. 
No reason to worry about damaging my American Duchess shoes in the elements when I don't go anywhere. They're special shoes, but no one ever sees them because there's only three or four days a year when the weather in Nebraska is safe enough to wear good shoes. 
Time to get out the sparkly brooches. This one's a copy of something in the V&A but hell if I can remember what. Sort of classic star design anyway. 
The vintage trains are getting set up for the first time in at least 45 years. There's three sets and miles of track. The Hafner and Marx sets are from the 40s, and the Lionel set is from the 50s. I have both my father's and uncle's trains because no one else wanted them. I remember playing with them in the 70s. It will take some time to sort out what trains go with what tracks/controllers, etc. But it should be a good stay-at-home project. Danny played with some of the cars when he was little, but we never set up track and ran them. He's pretty excited to have a project. 
Awww look at the Union Pacific! Doesn't get more Nebraska than that. 
Scent of late has been Dans la Nuit. I now have a giant bottle to keep me happy (Thank, Emily!) and I don't need to worry about running out again. I go back and forth with this one. Sometimes all I can smell is civet and violets, other times, the aldehydes. This particular bottle has a really strong punch of carnation that my other bottle lacked. I've been wearing it quite a bit in our weather that refuses to be warm nor cold. It seems strange to say, but I think Dans La Nuit might be the perfect scent for damp autumn days. 

I'll continue to decorate not because anyone will see it, but because I find it cheerful and god knows we can all use a bit of cheer. A couple years ago I picked up some Mexican Christmas decorations at a local shop and I just love them. 
My "fireplace" in the hall!
But the very best decorations are the ones Danny made when he was very small. The paper garlands, glittery pinecones, and paper ornaments are treasured parts of our holiday décor. The tree has bread dough ornaments he made back in 2010. 
These days I don't like to use glitter, but I remember taking him into the backyard at the farm to make a mess. I was never the mother that was afraid of messy art projects. Paint, chalk pastels, you name it. 

Lastly, I got yet another new mask because I don't want to be Breaking the Law when I'm out Living After Midnight. I'm sure it will get plenty of use. Because people wouldn't listen and stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday, we are now looking at a nightmarish surge in a few weeks. That probably won't stop people from doing the same damn thing again over Christmas. I guess it will be tough if anyone needs a hospital for non-covid emergencies. That's unfortunate because holidays are prime heart-attack season. If I sound angry, I am. Every other country in the world is dealing with this as the US goes merrily along killing grannies and low-wage workers. Cities are slowly implementing mask mandates, but as the saying goes, the barn door is open and the horse has already bolted. Oh well, at least I have my trains to keep me occupied. 

Any train experts here have tips to share? I'd love to know what your experiences have been like running antique trains. Do tell. 

Next time I hope to be back with a bit of Christmas cake baking. Stay safe and for fuck's sake, stay the hell at home. 



Friday, November 13, 2020

Some Festive Side Dishes-Big List of Holiday Cooking

 Who doesn't enjoy piling an assortment of interesting food on a plate? If like me, you grew up regularly dining at smorgasbord establishments, you know the excitement of potato dishes and creamy salads. Think of it like the church picnic without the hallelujahs first. Our local smorgasbord always had an enormous wheel of good cheese, and a knife to hack away at the dairy mountain. Excavating a hunk of cheese (probably not Bond Ost, but something similar) was the high point of the meal, washed down with a Shirley Temple.  God, those were the days! I haven't had real cheese in the house in close to a year. I'm sure my health is better for it, but there's really no better snack. Anyway, what follows are some side dishes I've made and enjoyed over the years. 

1) Homemade Potato Chips/Crisps

They look a bit dark, but frying at home is less an exact science than the commercially prepared sort. Served warm, they're a real treat. 

These were simple enough to do provided you plan ahead, and feel comfortable deep frying. I used my large enamel Dutch oven, but a small batch could be managed in a cast iron frying pan. The main thing is to really watch the heat, making sure that it comes back up in temperature before doing the next batch. If the oil isn't hot enough, it will penetrate the potatoes and make them soggy.

Use good oil, and be sure to drain them on a rack over a baking sheet rather than on paper towels. Toss generously with coarse salt while still warm.

You Will Need:


Peel and slice your potatoes as thin as possible. I have a very sharp, thin knife that I'm comfortable working with, but you could also use a slicer. I mean, slice them paper-thin. Place then in a bowl of water to cover and set in the fridge for several hours before cooking. Drain them, rinse off any excess potato starch and then (here's the part where you can really see I'm my mother's daughter) dry each chip completely with a towel. Yeah, I know, but do it anyway.

Heat your oil, and in small batches, cook the potatoes, turning a few times during the cooking. Before they are dark brown, remove them with a slotted spoon to a rack. When all potatoes are cooked, send them through the fat a second time until deeply browned. Remove with slotted spoon to rack. Toss with salt, and serve warm.

2) Puffed Baked Potatoes-Gourmet Magazine December 1972
These were fun. A bit more work than twice baked potatoes, but really not too difficult. These were featured at the back of the magazine in the "Last Touch" section. Some of the other potato recipes sound interesting as well, though I think I'm going to pass on the chipped beef filled potatoes. I have quite a few potatoes at the moment, maybe I'll give some others a try this week.

You Will Need:

6 baked potatoes, halved and scooped out, skins reserved
1/2 cup light cream. scalded
salt/pepper/nutmeg to taste
6 egg yolks
4 egg whites (I used large)
1/3 cup chopped parsley

Pass the potatoes through a food mill to puree. Add the scalded cream, seasonings and egg yolks. Beat well. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff but not dry. Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the potato mixture. Fold in the rest carefully and spoon into the reserved shells. Arrange on a dish or baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree F. oven for 15-20 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.

3) Sweet Potato Bouchons
I served these along with individual cod pot pies. That was a fun meal. 

For The Sweet Potato Bouchons:

3 large baking potatoes

3 large sweet potatoes

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 egg yolk, beaten

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

nutmeg, salt and pepper, to taste

flour for rolling

1 egg, beaten for coating

dry bread crumbs for coating

oil for frying

In a 400 degree oven, bake the potatoes (start the sweets a good 15 minutes ahead of the baking potatoes as they take longer). In a large bowl, cut the butter into small chunks and place in bottom. Using a food-mill over the bowl, put the flesh of the potatoes through.Mix well with the butter. Add the egg and mix again. Add the seasonings and give a good final mash by hand.

Butter a shallow baking dish, and spread the potato mixture in it. Cover with a piece of buttered waxed paper and press down onto potatoes. Cool, or if making ahead, chill at this point.

Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep frying pan, heavy pot, or deep fryer.

Form the potatoes into cork-shaped pieces, roll in flour. Dip in beaten egg and then in breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate until all are done.

Fry, a few at a time until deeply browned on both sides. You need to watch the temperature of your oil and at the first sign of smoking or excessive bubbling (likely from the breadcrumbs) lower the heat, lifting off burner if needed. In other words, keep an eye on it and don't try doing anything else while you fry. Keep the lid to the pot nearby as a precaution.

Drain on a rack over a baking sheet, and serve warm.

4) Chelo
This is a James Beard recipe that appeared in Gourmet magazine in December of 1972. This would have been a rather fancy, exotic dish to most people as 1/2 a cup of olive oil would have cost a small fortune (assuming you could find it at all). Our pharmacy sold olive oil in tiny bottles for medicinal use, but no one I knew cooked with it.
You will need to rig up a special pan to cook the rice. It worked, though I must admit I had my doubts. Mine did however need to cook longer, and at a higher temperature than the recipe suggested, so be prepared to adjust accordingly. And watch it, so the towel does not catch fire.
I served the chelo with a tofu dish of onions, garlic, raisins, and saffron cooked with white wine and peas. Somewhat elegant for a Monday evening, but the stack of magazines were calling to me.

Wash two cups basmati rice in boiling water and soak it for 4-5 hours. Drain the rice, rinse it well with cold water, and let it stand 1-2 hours (I did this in a strainer over a pan to catch excess liquid).
In a kettle (I used my enamel Dutch oven) bring 2-3 quarts of water to a boil. Season it with 1 1/2 tablespoons salt (I used 1 tablespoon coarse salt). Add the rice and boil vigourously for about 10 minutes. Drain the rice, rinse again with boiling water, and drain thoroughly.
In a heavy pan with a tight fitting lid (I used the Dutch oven again) melt 1/2 cup butter or heat 1/2 cup olive oil (I used the oil). Add the rice, then pour over it 5-6 tablespoons more butter or oil (I know, I know, it was 1972). Wrap a tea towel around the edge of the kettle, cover with another towel, folded, and put on the lid( this is to absorb the steam from the rice so it will crisp). Cook over low heat (I used medium as mine just wouldn't crisp on low) and heat 15-20 minutes (mine was more like 30 minutes). The butter or oil will have seeped through the rice so that it is nicely coated and there will be a crisp, golden layer of rice on the bottom of the pan. The crusty layer should be carefully removed, and either arranged around the rice as a garnish, or served separately as it sometimes is in Iran.

5) Tomato Rice Timbales
The technique for preparing the rice sounds insane, and I nearly skipped it, but I'm glad I didn't. What I ended up with was the best steamed rice I've ever made. I can't imagine making rice any other way, now that I've seen the results from this.

You Will Need:

For the steamed rice:

3 quarts boiling water
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups rice
More hot water for steaming (about 1 quart)

Bring the water and salt to a boil and sprinkle in the rice. Cook for 18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain rice in a sieve. Prepare a pan of simmering water. Place sieve over it, with a tea towel draped over the sieve. Steam 15-20 minutes, or until dry. proceed with recipe.

For the timbales:

preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Have ready a pan, 6 buttered ramekins (6 ounce size) and enough boiling water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins in the pan.

The rice from above
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry white wine

Combine the cooked rice with 2 tablespoons butter and cheese. Mix well. In a small saucepan, cook the tomatoes and 2 tablespoons butter over low heat, with the lid on for two minutes. Remove lid, add wine and tomato paste and cook over high heat, stirring to prevent sticking, until most of the liquid has evaporated (about 5 minutes). Add to rice mixture. Mix well.

Pack mixture into moulds and place in water bath. Bake 20 minutes, or until hot and the tops are golden. Run a knife around the edge, and unmould onto a serving platter.

6) Vegetarian Baked Beans
Six hours sounds like a long time, but there is very little hands-on cooking here. Once an hour, I gave it a stir, and checked to see if they needed water. It will tie-up your oven, so plan accordingly if you need to cook anything that can't go in a 300 degree F. oven. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the fragrance of beans cooking in molasses and mustard.

This recipe freezes well, but you may need to add a bit of water when re-heating.

You Will Need:

4 lbs. of dried white beans (I used Navy beans)
Water to cook beans
3 bay leaves
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 tablespoon salt (you may prefer more, but I tend to go light on salt)
3 1/2 tablespoons strong prepared mustard (I had some British stuff that'll blow out your sinuses, but Dijon will work too)
2 cups ketchup
1 cup full-flavour molasses (the mild kind is OK too if you prefer it)
1 large onion, chopped

Soak the beans overnight. Cook them in the morning with the bay leaves and water until tender. Drain, reserving cooking liquid.

Combine sugar, salt, mustard, ketchup, molasses and onion. Stir into beans. Place in a large heat-proof Dutch oven and cover with reserved bean water-about 2 inches of water above beans. Cover tightly and bake at 300 degrees for 5 1/2 hours, checking once per hour to stir and add additional water if drying out. In the last 1/2 hour, remove lid and cook until thick.

7) Steamed Brown Bread (to go with the beans above)
You can't have baked beans without brown bread, can you? Since there is nowhere to buy the type in a tin around here, I made my own following the recipe in Beard on Bread with a few modifications. I used Golden Syrup for half the molasses. I didn't plan on that, but after making the baked beans I did not have enough left. Golden Syrup is a good substitute for mild molasses, though heaven knows it isn't economical to purchase in these parts. Roughly double the price of molasses. Yikes.

I did not add raisins or currants because I was afraid the Golden Syrup would already be on the sweet side. You could add 1 cup of dried fruit to the batter at the end if you like. Some people cut up apricots and add them, but those people are heretics.

The recipe called for graham flour, which I do not keep on hand (I make my graham crackers with whole wheat). I substituted whole wheat flour. I used dried buttermilk solids instead of fresh buttermilk as well. Very handy stuff to keep in your fridge if you bake.

The only pudding mould I own was my mother's which I believe was her aunt's before her. It is ceramic and blue and very, very old. I no longer use it for fear of breakage. I'm also somewhat concerned it may be full of lead (which would explain quite a bit about our family, I'm afraid). Instead, I opened two 1 lb. tins of apricots I was planning to use anyway, and used them. I would not use tins that have been lined with anything, such as the sort tomatoes come in. You're going to be steaming for two hours and what with all the hysteria over the materials in plastic bottles which is made from similar material, I would err on the side of caution. I have successfully steamed puddings in small ceramic souffle dishes as well, though you do sacrifice height if you go that way. Coffee tins work as well.

I used my canner to steam the breads, with the tins nestled in the rack. I also used a jar-lifter to remove them which worked magnificently.

You Will Need:
(Makes Two)

1 cup rye meal (I used medium rye flour)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup graham flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup molasses (I used 1/2 Golden Syrup)
2 cups buttermilk (I used solids and water)

Butter two 1 lb. tins generously and butter two pieces of foil to go over the top. Set aside. Fit a large pot with either a rack, or a metal trivet to lift the tins off the bottom for steaming. Add some water (about 5 inc) and in another pan, have boiling water ready to fill-the water should go about half-way up the side of the tins. You may need to add more during the steaming if it boils off.

Combine dry ingredients and add the molasses and buttermilk. Stir until well mixed. I used a spatula to scrape it off the bottom where clumps of dry ingredients often lurk in these heavy batters.

Pour into prepared tins and cover with buttered foil. The dough will rise to the top, so don't worry if it looks like there is too much empty space. A second layer of foil wouldn't hurt because you want to keep out any water. With string, tightly secure the foil.

Set the tins into the pot and steam for around 2 hours (mine took 2 hours exactly) testing with a skewer for doneness. Check the pot now and then during steaming and add more boiling water if needed.

Beard suggests letting the unmoulded breads dry out for a few minutes in a 350 degree oven. I used a 300 degree F. oven for seven minutes (because I had beans baking away at 300) and it was perfect, Cool on racks. Serve warmed with baked beans, or butter, or what the hell-both!

Remove tins carefully, and unmould. I had no difficulty dislodging them by running a thin knife carefully around it and inverting onto a rack. If they get stuck, use a can opener and remove the bottom, then simply push them through.

8) Vegetable Mousse 
This is adapted from The Herald Tribune Home Institute Cook Book, 1947 ed.

The original called for Roquefort, but I didn't have any. I didn't think it was worth wasting good Stilton on, so I er...repurposed some dull goat cheese Mr. ETB picked up at Aldi. He can't help himself. He never buys anything there he likes, yet he keeps trying. This was the kind of salad you'd use goat cheese from Aldi for.
You Will Need:

1 tablespoon unflavoured gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound goat cheese (or Roquefort if you have it)
1 green pepper, finely minced
2 carrots, shredded finely, and squeezed dry
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
2 stalks celery with leaves, finely minced
1/4 cup sliced green olives with pimentos
1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Soften the gelatin in the cold water. In a large bowl, dissolve it in the boiling water. Add salt, whisk until dissolved and chill until gelatin begins to set. Meanwhile, mash the cheese and mix with the vegetables. Fold in the whipped cream, then fold all into the gelatin mixture. Pour into a rinsed ring mould and let chill several hours. That's it.

9) Charred Carrot Soup
You Will Need:

1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
5-6 medium carrots (about 3 cups) peeled and shredded
2 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 small Idaho potato (a floury-type potato) peeled and chopped
3 1/2 cups rich vegetable (or chicken) stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt (adjust according to the saltiness of your stock)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped parsley for garnish

Preheat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over high heat for 5 minutes. Add the oil, then the carrots. Stir to coat. Cook the carrots, stirring frequently until they are partially charred-about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to moderate and add the shallots and garlic. Cook until the shallots are softened-about 2 minutes. Add the potato and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until carrots and potato are very soft-about 15 minutes.

In a food processor (or a food mill) puree until smooth, then force through a fine mesh sieve (yes, that will be time consuming, so plan accordingly). Return soup to a saucepan and add the cream. Add the red wine vinegar, extra salt, and pepper as desired. Stir in the butter, and serve the soup hot, garnished with parsley.

10) Escabeche-Gourmet Magazine November 1972
If you like this stuff, you know how frustrating it is to buy the tiny tins of it at the supermarket for $1.15, and you don't even get cauliflower. This recipe makes a whole buttload of it (that's an actual Imperial measurement-look it up) and if you were lucky enough to find cauliflower on sale-a bargain too!

In a Dutch oven, sauté 12 garlic cloves, peeled, and 1 medium onion sliced in wedges in 3/4 cup olive oil for 3 minutes. Add 4 carrots, thinly sliced, and 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns. Sauté 5 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups white vinegar and simmer mixture, covered for 3 minutes. Drain a 3 1/2 ounce tin of pickled jalapeño chilies and reserve the liquid. Add 2 cups water to the reserved liquid and add to the pot. Bring liquid to a boil. Add 3 tablespoons salt and 1 head of cauliflower cut into flowerets. Cook the mixture, covered over moderate heat for 12 minutes. Add 12 small bay leaves, 3 zucchini (I omitted this) thinly sliced, and 3/4 teaspoon each-thyme, marjoram, and oregano. Simmer the mixture, covered for 2 minutes. Let cool, covered, then store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 8 cups.

We're coming close to the end. Next up- Christmas Cakes and Steamed Puddings.