Are you taking part in Stir Up Sunday today? Stir up Sunday is celebrated the last Sunday before the season of advent when traditionally people made their Christmas puddings.
I’ve already blogged about Lyle’s Mary Christmases campaign which sounds fun but I was contacted by Yeo Valley too, who think 2013 is all about the revival of the homemade Christmas Pudding; apparently it’s falling out of favour as the traditional pudding on Christmas Day. I’ll admit to enjoying some Christmas pud despite over indulging with turkey and pigs in blankets. How about you?
Yeo Valley offered to send me a select hamper full of ingredients to help me get the whole family gathering in the kitchen to help stir the mixture and make good will wishes for the festive season. The hamper contained a rather odd selection of dried fruit and an orange so I’m off shopping this morning to buy the remaining ingredients. A traditional Christmas pudding contains a lot of things and after having a good root through my food cupboards I still need to find some shredded suet, fresh breadcrumbs, carrot and self-raising flour.
They did send me a beautiful Cornishware mixing bowl so I’ll forgive them for having to go out in this cold weather. After all, I have a lovely afternoon to look forward to, baking with my family in the kitchen.
New research out today reveals that Brits have lost touch with the centuries-old tradition of making and enjoying the classic Christmas pudding. Three quarters (75 per cent) of Brits admit they have never made their own Christmas Pudding, half (49 per cent) don’t even eat the festive dessert on Christmas Day and more than three quarters (78 per cent) don’t know what ‘Stir Up Sunday’ is (the last Sunday before Advent when traditionally the whole family gathers in the kitchen to stir the Christmas pudding mixture and make a wish).
To reignite budding bakers’ passion for this dying tradition, the nation’s favourite golden syrup, Lyle’s has launched a countrywide campaign – Bake, Eat and Be Mary – and has recruited an army of Mary Christmases from the length and breadth of the British Isles to share their traditional Christmas pudding recipes.
The campaign launches in time for Stir Up Sunday (this Sunday – 24th November) with recipes from 100 Marys from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, each an expert in the art of making Christmas pudding and with a trusted family recipe to ignite a whole new generation’s interest in this centuries-old national tradition.
The ‘Mary Christmas’ army will be tasked with passing on their pudding prowess to Brits who have fallen out of love with the tradition as the research further revealed that many Brits are in the dark when it comes to the preparation method.
Under half (47 per cent) of Brits know that a Christmas Pudding needs to be steamed rather than baked, and just 60 per cent could identify the correct base ingredients which make the pudding. When presented with a list of possible ingredients for inclusion in the recipe the lack of knowledge surrounding the tradition was clear as one in ten (10 per cent) believed cocoa powder should be included in the traditional pudding mix.
More information about the Bake, Eat and Be Mary campaign, along with profiles and recipes from many of the Marys involved will be regularly posted throughout the Christmas period here.
Today is Halloween and we’ll be celebrating by having a small party, with some ghostly treats. For one day only we’re calling ourselves the gingerdead house! We’ve had loads of fun making decorations so I thought I’d share some of them with you. We’ve been really busy over the last month and some of our favourites are:
no carve pumpkins, pinecone spider, mummy candle, ghost ice cubes, Halloween sun catchers and toilet roll mummies. As well as crafting we’ve made some spooky snacks, from gingerdead men with black treacle to wriggly jelly worms. We’ve also tasted some yummy pickled onion flavour Pom-Bear crisps.
If you need any more inspiration don’t forget to check out my book review for Halloween crafts or enter my giveaway to win a selection of scary treats from Swizzels Matlow.
Stay safe everyone!