For your St. Andrew's Day observance, more about pudding

For your St. Andrew's Day observance, more about pudding

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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  • Well my head is all confused about pudding now! Fun post!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks, Kathy. These obscure definitions take a bit of getting used to, but I'm here to help!

  • Happy St. Andrew's Day! Thanks for the fun post.

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