Black Pudding

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… or should that be Blood Pudding.  Black pudding would certainly win out as the name among any UK pensioners who are resident in Canada.  They may lose out by having their UK pensions frozen and not increased with inflation but at least they can enjoy many of the fine products from the old country.  For any searchers for black pudding, it can be found at Black Pudding Imports, Unit A 20243 62 Avenue in Langley, British Columbia.  Although this is not a very travelled avenue, it is easy to spot Black Pudding by the many Union flags that are displayed.  It’s well worth a visit.  I was so delighted to find it that I cannot resist telling others about it.  It also brought to mind the next post on frozen UK pension sponsors, so that was another reason for mentioning it.

Black Pudding really is an astonishing place.  A real cornucopia of all things British. You can choose from their wide variety of meats, cheeses, breads, pies, condiments, candies, frozen foods, soups and more…  Whatever product you may remember from the old country, it’s likely to be found here.

If you do not believe that, why not try a little test.  First think of a product and then check their list of products to find it.  If there is one missing, why not add a comment below on the omission.  I’m sure they will do their best to correct that if at all possible.

They are also wholesalers and supply some very fine eating establishments in British Columbia that provide traditional British fare. They supply Victoria’s Beagle Pub, located in the Cook Street Village, where you can enjoy their bacon, black pudding, and sausages.  Pub specials include Toad In The Hole (3 bangers in a Yorkshire pudding)  and a full British breakfast – back bacon , bangers, Heinz Baked Beans, eggs, tomatoes , mushrooms and hash browns.  Black Pudding also supply the newly-opened Yorkshire TeaShoppe in the village of Fort Langley.  There you can eat Bangers and Mash, Beef in Guinness Pie or a Ploughman’s Lunch.

If you are not certain whether you would like black pudding, then a BBC item, on black pudding: past and present may be helpful.

Black pudding, as made in the UK, is a blend of onions, pork fat, oatmeal, flavourings – and blood (usually from a pig). As long as animals have been slaughtered to provide food, blood sausages like black pudding have been in existence. Sources indicate that the corpulent sausage had its origins in ancient Greece, and Homer’s Odyssey makes poetic reference to the roasting of a stomach stuffed with blood and fat.

The art of pudding making has had an epic journey across Europe over the centuries. Today it’s a staple of menus across the Continent. The black pudding has a range of European relatives: Spanish morcilla makes an excellent tapas, and blutwurst is an intriguing Germanic variant; the boudin noir is a delicacy in France, sometimes containing rich ingredients like brandy and cream.

Unfortunately such traditional food items can be in peril in an age of standardization.  Apparently the good citizens of Stornoway in the islands off the west coast of Scotland are seeking to gain European protected status for the Stornoway Black Pudding.  As with the Arbroath Smokie there will be a need for research into the history of the product and local people are encouraged to gather their memories and stories.  Why not get in touch with them if you can help preserve the black pudding.

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