I’m curious about something.
It’s something I never think about. But now that the holidays are here, I can’t escape this something.
Everywhere I go they’re singing about it in a Christmas song.
And I want to know, what exactly is a “figgy pudding?”
Does anyone know anyone who eats figgy pudding? It must be good, because the carolers in the song demand it not once but three times.
These carolers go from house to house singing, “Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right here.”
First they come bearing good tidings for you and your kin, and then they turn around and demand figgy pudding. What’s up with that?
And to make matters worse, they refuse to leave until they get some. They’re like figgy pudding bullies. If they were caroling today, they’d probably be asking for a biggie figgy pudding.
So what exactly is figgy pudding? Well, it definitely has figs and bread. I’m good with those ingredients. But after reading a few different recipes, let me just say, figgy pudding IS NOT something I would stand out in the cold singing for, let alone demand from strangers.
One recipe said that figgy pudding resembles a carrot-cake base. YUK! Sorry, carrot-cake lovers, and that includes my dad and my husband, but I do not like carrot cake.
And get this, the more traditional recipes for figgy pudding call for suet. Yes, suet! That is an animal fat, which is found near an animal’s kidneys. Whaaaat? OH MY GOSH! Do NOT bring it right here!
Whoa! Stop the reindeer. This is not sounding like a Christmas column of good cheer.
It’s not my fault. Blame the pushy Victorian Christmas carolers from the cheery tune, “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” They started all this figgy pudding stuff.
Well, I’m glad I got that figgy pudding out of my thoughts and into yours. I’m moving on to a jollier tune, like “Deck the Halls.”
If you haven’t decked your halls, now is a good time. After all, it is Dec. 10; Christmas time will soon be here, and then begins a brand new year.
So in closing my last column of 2014, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And please, hold the figgy pudding.