I was interested to read what Melinda had to say about Yorkshire puddings. Back when I was a child - and I am sure for many years before - Yorkshire puds were made and then the tin was put underneath the roast beef joint so that it could drip on the pudding as it cooked giving it the flavour of the beef. Now most people cook small, individual puds but we always had one large one which was divided up into portions. The Yorkshire pudding was often served before rather than with the meat and veg, so that by the time one got to the meat one ate less - meat was expensive so the cook would make it last an extra day.
My mother would also make a Yorkshire pudding for dessert. Now people will eat it served with butter and sugar but mum often served it with rhubarb cooked in it or slices of apple and then sugar sprinkled on the top. Rhubarb was always my favourite. Why it is called 'Yorkshire' I have no idea but as far back as I can remember it has always been a traditional and also a favourite pudding.
Reading through this on Wednesday I recalled a tale my mother-in-law once told me. She was a very hard working farmer's wife of the old school and she ruled most things with a rod of iron. Back in the days when all the farmers helped one another with things like the hay crop the farmer's wife provided the lunch for everyone when their hay was got in. She always made a huge suet pudding which was steamed over the stove for the whole morning while the beef was roasting in the oven. Then a big slice of the suet pudding with good gravy was served first to fill up a good corner before anyone started on the meat and veg. Now a machine does all the haymaking and the microwave serves up the food in a lot of cases (and the farmer's wife goes out to work to help make ends meet in many cases. How times have changed).
This morning when I switched the sitting room lights on one of the cluster in the centre of the room had blown. I was surprised that it hadn't tripped a fuse but it hadn't. I texted my friends T and S and said could they please call when they were passing and take the bulbs out for me because I remembered the electrician telling me that when a bulb in the cluster died it would be sensible to change them all. ** Within an hour the was done and new I am waiting for the electrician to pop along (he only lives a few doors away) and just check that all is in order because T was not happy about the state of the old bulbs. Friends are an absolute godsend for me - I am so lucky.
We seem to be back on the right mast with the television after a day of to-ing and fro-ing yesterday. Its nice just to press one switch and on it comes. Speaking of which did anyone in the UK watch the amazing 'Who do you think you are?' last night?
**for led bulbs