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mucho gordo Oct 22, 2012 11:21 AM

In the marker the other day I happened to see a can on the shelf with a rather suggestive name. I did a double-take and took a closer look. The label said "Spotted Dick". It was either a Heinz or Hunts product. Does anyone know what that is???

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    sr44 Oct 22, 2012 11:23 AM

    It's a steamed pudding, not new at all.

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      mucho gordo Oct 22, 2012 11:37 AM

      But, how did it get that name? Sounds like a British thing.

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        sr44 Oct 22, 2012 11:53 AM

        It is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_...

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          gaffk Oct 22, 2012 11:56 AM

          The first part of this thread addresses this:


          And yes, it is British.

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            ferret Oct 22, 2012 12:10 PM

            As mainstream groceries get broader access to foreign products you'll see this more frequently than you used to, but it's been available for a very long time.

        2. RetiredChef Oct 22, 2012 12:25 PM

          My nan used to make this all the time, of course I grew up in England so I got a chuckle out of your post.

          1. twyst Oct 22, 2012 12:29 PM

            Not new, but I still laugh every time I pass it in the store. Then again I also giggle when someone starts talking about nuts so I guess I have the sense of humor of a 3 year old.

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              Perilagu Khan Oct 22, 2012 01:16 PM

              There's a recent thread here called "Your Ultimate Nut Mix." Read it. You'll roar.

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                twyst Oct 22, 2012 01:21 PM

                oh dear. The restaurant I work at now does our own nut mix for the bar, and its seasoned with nut dust and portioned into 100 gram nut sacks. The first day my chef told me to portion out some 100 gram nut sacks I almost fell out.

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                  hill food Oct 23, 2012 01:45 AM

                  heh twyst said 'nut sack'...

                  lotsa traditional British dishes have names that sound weird in the US, 'Bubble and Squeak', 'Bangers and Mash', 'Severed Baby's Arm' <edit> that last was the product of a newspaper satirist in the 90's.

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                    Perilagu Khan Oct 23, 2012 07:00 AM

                    And let's not forget Toad in the Hole.

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              Harters Oct 22, 2012 02:21 PM

              Very traditional British steamed pudding that you rarely see nowadays. I've no idea what a tinned microwaveable version might be like - no doubt nowhere near as good as properly cooked one. The origin of the full name seems lost in time - although the "spotted" part comes from the inclusion of raisins. First record of the name is from the mid 19th century.

              Here's a recipe - http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/513173

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                Caroline1 Oct 23, 2012 12:19 AM

                You scared me when you said "raisins." So I checked the recipe and was very relieved to find it calls for currants. I feared all those puddings I had as a kid were made wrong! I LOVE currants, raisins not so much. Except in cole slaw.

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                John Francis Oct 22, 2012 02:22 PM

                I had it for dessert last year at J. Sheekey's. Very tasty.

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                  kengk Oct 22, 2012 02:31 PM

                  Not to be confused with a slippery dick.


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                    twyst Oct 22, 2012 02:37 PM

                    lol.........looks like someone had a little fun editing the physical description

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                      onrushpam Oct 22, 2012 04:10 PM

                      I have a British cookbook with a recipe for Dog's Cocks! It involves bananas, if I remember correctly. :-)

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                        Harters Oct 23, 2012 04:38 AM

                        I'd advise folk of a sensitive nature not to Google "Dogs Cocks" and "dessert" in search of a recipe.

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                          Perilagu Khan Oct 23, 2012 07:01 AM

                          Red bananas?

                      2. Uncle Bob Oct 22, 2012 04:17 PM

                        He Heeeeeeeeeeeeee Thanks for great laugh everyone!!

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                          Michelly Oct 22, 2012 06:51 PM

                          OMG...what is the name and author of that book?!

                        2. paulj Oct 22, 2012 08:56 PM


                          Cost Plus World Market is a good place to find products like this.


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                            klyeoh Oct 23, 2012 12:53 AM

                            It's a traditional British pudding - nothing new.

                            Anyone for a faggot?

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                              Harters Oct 23, 2012 04:35 AM

                              Faggots are delicious! Britain needs to export our faggots to the rest of the world.

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                                Caroline1 Oct 23, 2012 07:12 AM

                                I think the homiest sounding English dish is "mushy peas." And has anyone ever mentioned that Brits talk funny? '-) Jack Paar used to say that if you woke an Englishman in the middle of the night, he would talk just like an American. But we do love you bloaks with your mushy peas! And if anyone thought I would end that last sentence with the suet and currant pudding under discussion here... well, write your own low comedy...!!!

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                                Perilagu Khan Oct 23, 2012 07:03 AM

                                Reminds me of an old Letterman episode where he was talking about new products or some such. He reached under his desk, pulled out a can, and said, "Read it and weep! Faggots and Peas!"

                                I laffed fit to bust.

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