After my recent post about the real time when the proof is in the pudding, comments ensued about whether sausage was considered a pudding. So, just to help you out, I looked it up — and the dictionary said yes. In case you’re observing St. Andrew’s Day (Scotland’s national day) a day late, here’s a bit more on the matter:
Here’s what my Webster’s has to say about “pudding: a sausage made of intestine stuffed with meat, suet, etc., and boiled (Scottish and dialect); 2. a soft, sweetened food, usually made with flour or some cereal as a base and variously containing eggs, milk, fruit, meat, etc.”
Now don’t get me wrong; I like chocolate pudding as well as most American girls of my age (and figure… sigh). But when asked my favorite pudding, I’m as likely to say “Haggis!” as anything else. I credit my heritage and my love of the work of Robert Burns, who wrote a tremendously funny poem, “Address to the Haggis,” calling it “great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race.”
You can read the whole poem in the original Scots dialect and a translation here. The translation, from the Alexandria Burns Club in the U.K., even refers to “great chieftain of the sausage race.”
So there we have it. Happy St. Andrew’s Day!
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