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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

We Will Eat No Pud Before It's Good...

We've been waiting for a month to make our Christmas pudding, because for some reason NOPLACE carries candy peel anymore. You know, the multi-colored, vaguely chemical-looking citrus rind that comes in little tubs and that goes in fruitcakes, Christmas puddings, and basically nothing else? Well, for some reason every store in America stopped selling it. Poof.

At first they told us it was because it wasn't Christmas season -- as if THAT matters, when they've had Santa Claus in the center aisle since September. But then there started to be no denying that it was, and still they didn't have it. Anywhere. Not with the baking goods, the holiday stuff, or dried fruit. And nobody we asked had any better ideas. Nobody actually bothered to look for it for us, either. But then, that's what they pay us for, right? To find our own stuff, make sure it's priced properly, then ring it up and bag it all ourselves? Before you know it they're going to let us use the deli slicers. Then we'll learn...

Anyway, we finally asked Billy to send us fruit from Ireland. On Monday it arrived, and we're making it today. That means our puddings won't be correctly aged by Christmastime, but there's really nothing we can do.

Thankfully, we still have that one we found in the attic last year.


Later, if I can figure out how, I'll re-post the recipe I posted last year.

6 comments:

12ontheinside said...

Oh crap you've just reminded me I have to make the bloody chistmas puddings.

Janice said...

Wish I could taste your attic pudding - should be well matured!

i made my christmas cake yesterday - no citrus peel either - I used the zest peeler and the zest from two oranges. I also put cranberries, figs, almonds and raisins because that is what I had in the cupboard. I'm making another today with the dried apricots and sultanas that I also found in the cupboard - might use lemon zest in that one.

DonnaStaf said...

I was just at Stop and Shop and they have it there. Wonder why they don't have it in the eastern part of the state? If you need more, let me know and I'll send you some.

DonnaStaf said...

Candied friut I mean...

EGE said...

12 -- Yeah! Get cracking!

Nana -- Hi! We probably are going to eat the attic pudding this year. We never got around to it last year because of all the drama we had on Christmas Day, but since these ones won't be ripe yet. We'll let you know how it tastes! In the meantime: who stole all the citrus peel in the entire world?

Donna -- Aha! We got extra sent from Ireland that we'll put away for next year (can't imagine that stuff goes bad), but thanks for the offer. That's weird, though. Why do you guys have it and we don't? Cuz you're a bunch of fruitcakes, I guess!

Bee said...

Well, we've got lots of that candied peel . . . but meanwhile I've got no canned pumpkin! I wish that we could set up a cross-Atlantic trade route.