Are You Going To Eat That Spotted Dick?!

Food For Thought

I had oatmeal for dinner...so! It was good, it was filling, and I lowered my cholesterol...I think. My Grandmother used to say, "I'm not eating this because I like it, I'm eating it to survive!" And survive she did! She had some lean times, but always found a way to make a way . I'm kind of like her; at times I eat what I refer to as Grandma meals.

Now mind you, my Grandmother didn't always have less than enjoyable meals, but when she did, she appreciated it the same as a meal that was grandiose; both made her happy. There was a time when my meals were always grandiose, filet mignon one night, fresh grilled salmon the next, and stuffed chicken breast the day after that. I still enjoy beef, seafood and poultry, but now it might be along the lines of beef flavored, shrimp flavored and chicken flavored instant noodles! Yup...and I'm not ashamed! I remain poised, and will doctor these little packs up and get my eat on!

Admittedly, I draw the line with some meals, and won't let anything cross my palate. When I shop I peruse the aisles. Some stores have clearance items in the aisles, and not only on a Clearance Rack. One day I was p-e-r-u-sing and came across a can of Spotted Dick by Heinz. Now...hold on HubPages team, before you flag my hub, Spotted Dick is a traditional British sponge pudding that dates back to 1849. Please don't misunderstand, I mean no offense...I just get hung up on names, and I'm not eating anything that sounds like something you'd have to go to the clinic for! I read the heating instructions, and it said, "To prevent spurting, cover with a paper towel." The Spotted Dick spurts...Lawdy-Lawd, I nearly dropped the can! AND, the Spotted Dick was on the shelf next to custard...WHAT THA'?! I had to read up on this. Spotted Dick is commonly served with custard. Educate yourselves people! Don't be like me ...thinking the store had subliminal seductions in aisle 5!

More p-e-r-u-sing and I came across Obambites. This is vanilla ice cream with red, white and blue gummy bears, and is made by a local company. I mean, I like the President and all, but I don't want to eat him! I visited another store and found, "Damn Good Beef Jerky". I didn't even know that word could be used as the name of a food item; I thought, "How good could it be for only $2.29?!" I'm cheap, but I'm not curious! I go to the store looking for one thing and B-A-M there's a food item with an odd name that leaves me wanting to be on an I.V., or deeply, deeply disturbed.


As a child, I didn't always eat all of my food. I had a strategic move to hide what I didn't like in a bunch of paper towels that I carefully hid under the dining room table. My Mother always left the table for something in the kitchen, and there was my chance! She was never sure what happened to all of the paper towels. I admitted my misdeeds to her a few weeks ago; 40+ years later. I feel so much better; coming clean about it and all...redemption is everything! I think back to my wasteful days as a child, and even my days as an adult when the times were carefree, and am truly grateful that I can buy a roll of paper towels for a $1.00.

Source

I remember a movie starring Charlton Heston, called "Soylent Green". In short, this movie depicts life in the year 2022. The economy was in a tail-spin, people were starving, and literally dying in the streets! Food prices were out the roof; a jar of strawberry jam was a delicacy and cost $150.00! The Government developed a processed wafer to stave off hunger. Through Charlton Heston's pursuits (he was a police detective) he discovers, and announces, "Soylent Green is People!!" We aren't too far from the year 2022, and I wonder, if the current economic climate doesn't improve, will there be a REAL Soylent Green?! I don't want to eat people ya'll!

Wait a minute...I hope I didn't cause you concern. Things are not bad for me people, well...not right now! You don't have to show up at my door with a bag of groceries, I haven't resorted to the potted meat...yet, I'm not staring at the dog...or the dog food. I'm just at a place in my life where I am grateful for the meal; whatever the meal or meal choice may be...but not people...remember I draw the line with some meals!

 

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wendy87 5 years ago

thaks for sharing important for health...


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Great info

I found that some foods I was eating that I had thought were healthy were in fact not so, after reading the labels more closely it transpired that the healthy bars I snacked on were worse for me than eating several choc bars or sweets. The basic ingredients, oats, fruit etc. were good it seems it's the stuff they're glued together with that's a problem, all sugar and fatty stuff :(


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thanks for your comment wendy87. A meal never has to be something that is sooooo appealing. As long as you have a meal...then you're allllll right!!

@Bumpsysmum, that it so true. I can admit that I didn't always read labels, until I had to take my son to a nutritionist due to medication he was on for epilepsy. You can learn a lot by reading the label...and not just the front! Thanks for your comment!


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tedcampbell2792 5 years ago from NY

Ewwwww, spurting! Well written though!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

I know right??? I HATE food that spurts! LOL Thanks for stopping by tedcampbell2792.


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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

I got a can of Spotted Dick in my stocking a few years ago. I was very flustered in all the Christmas morning pictures! It was not good, either. It was odd.

Speaking of meals, grocery prices are going through the roof, and we are not being as picky as we used to, either! If it's in the scratch & dent bins, it's on our table! We have two options for dinner every night: take it, or leave it!

Another great hub by imatell! Voted & rated!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

cheapsk8chick, I just commented on another hubbers hub about the high cost of food, AND how the quantity is drastically reduced. Like you, I buy dented cans too. I actually hated when my father did that...but now I get it...I'm learn'n chile'! There's an independent grocer in my community who drastically reduces prices just before the expiration date...these items always make it to my fridge. I love your take it or leave it dinner option. That's funneee, and gets two-thumbs up!!!! Thanks for stopping by!!


Lene Lynn 5 years ago

You crack me up! I actually know about the English dish you spoke of, being that my man is from England. I sorta hate that word so I am not mentioning it's literal label! :) I love your writing, you are such a great lady! :) Thanks for being who you are!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Lene...I miss you guuurl!!! The name of the pudding was actually changed to Richard's Pudding, citing how the previous name was, well..."suggestive". BUT, that caused an uproar, and it was changed back. I'm glad that you enjoyed the article! Thanks as always!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

HI, Sharon - you are so funny! Glad I didn't run into the Spotted Dick at the store, reading the label I would have made a fool of myself. That is hilarious. I sure have seen some weird stuff in the grocery - my favorite yuk moment was finding canned potato salad. Does anyone actually buy that stuff?


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evvy_09 5 years ago from Athens, AL

I would have bought the can of pudding and given it to a friend in public. But I love cheap food. Shrimp ramen noodles, peanut butter and banana sandwiches are awesome. I'm really considering starting a garden this year. My grandmother always grew the best tomatoes. Store bought does not compare.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

@Dolores(Hey gurlie..miss you), the canned potato salad is German. The German potato salad is traditionally served warm, and is absent of mayonnaise (listen at me, I sound smart!). I imagine that's why it can be sold in a can.

As far as the Spotted Dick, this is a pudding that's typically served with custard. Now...I didn't understand that when I was at the store, and considered lodging a complaint about the subliminal seduction. I decided I should read about it first; and would learn that the suggestive overtures were not a result of the grocer get'n his funny on.

@evvy_09 (Hey little sista'), now that's funneee, I actually considered buying the pudding too and giving it to a friend...great minds think alike! AND I considered doing the garden thing as well. My father always had a garden, but my area is overwrought with crows. You're right store bought does not compare. Thanks for stopping by, it's good to hear from you, and see you...well, your avatar!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well, Sharon, vinegar in the potato salad or not, I'm still in yuk mode on that one. As well as canned peas - one of the most awful foods in creation. Vienna sausages are a particularly disgusting food as well. I have a can (not sure why, we often pass disgusting food gifts around at Christmas) with a picture of a little boy who is pretty awful looking himself.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

I actually grew up on canned peas, and don't know why because my father did have a garden...maybe he wasn't successful with peas. My parents never did frozen anything. I think the canned foods became staples simply because the could last longer, but the preservatives...ouch!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice hub,i like it.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Well, I use canned foods but some are just too disgusting. I was cooking up some 'real' beans and it took so durn long, it did not seem efficient. Cooking something all day, seems like using too much fuel. Give me my canned beans! And tomatoes! Though fresh is always best.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thanks Crystolite. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

"D", I'm with you on the canned beans. I decided to make snap green beans a week ago...and WHAT WAS I THINKING?! I love the taste, but I don't enjoy the labor. I started buying canned tomato's, because fresh is SO expensive that the stores need a lay-away plan!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Fantastic writing. Well done. I had a few laughs along with some great advice. Cheers to grandmom


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Thanks gr82bme! Had you actually seen my reaction in the store, after spotting the Spotted Dick, you may have kneeled down in prayer for me! Thanks from Grandma too!!


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Sunnyglitter 5 years ago from Cyberspace

LOL I wouldn't want Spotted Dick pudding either. Or Obama ice cream. I love Obama, but that ice cream sounds nasty.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Hey Sunnyglitter girl!!! I never told you, but your name is like a ray of sunshine(pun intended)! Guurl, I have seen some interesting things in my life-time, and when I saw this item, I had a coniption fit, and the clerk had to call for a clean-up in aisle 5! Seriously though, I had to educate myself about it, I'm sure it's a fabulous pudding...(wink).


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ha ha - very cute hub. I am wondering if you always carry a camera with you when you are out shopping to take pictures of weird food titles. In my case... I draw the line at Spam. My parents used to love the stuff and when times were a little tough, that is what we had. Nothing was more disgusting to me than plopping out an unknown meat that was covered in what looked like a futuristic gel! Ewwww.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Hey barbergirl28! Thanks to a cell phone, I always have a camera with me. I can't help but take pics, otherwise no one may believe me! As far as spam, there's a huge following on this potted meat! I'm unsure why though! I was always curious about spam, but since I don't eat pork, my curiousity obviouly has limitations. Thank you for your comment, and for stopping by.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

"Richards pudding" doesnt quite have the same x [or xxx] factor, lol. But, um.. spotted dick is a favoured dessert by women.. -and men, heck lots of people over here in UK!! And all over the world. Live and let live.. and bon appetit my sista!!! :)


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Yeah Bon appetit'...that's why I had to learn somee history on it. I was sure it was something that while not popular here in the U.S. was popular enough to sell for those from abroad who are now here...and of course short of making it themselves. The name Richard's Pudding certainly doesn't have a ring to it's name suggestive or otherwise.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

LMAO -- "To prevent spurting, cover with a paper towel."

Thanks for the smile.... we have a hair salon in town that was named close to 35 years ago - called "the gay blade".

35 years ago gay meant happy..... I think they should change the name today.... but then it is better name than "spotted dick" in a can that spurts.

Thanks


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Neil, it's no wonder evertyone starts shak'n their head when they see me come into the store.

Yeah the meaning of Gay certainly has evolved. Today's meaning can either boost their clientele, or simply keep the same old faithfuls. But 35 years...they're obviously doing well. And yes I agree it's a far better name than Spotted Dick. Good to see you Neil, and sorry for the delayed reply.


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docbruin 5 years ago from USA

Great hub imatellmuva! I will be laughing all weekend over this. I don't know how anyone could eat something called spotted dick. The mental image it might cause should be enough alone to scare you away!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Hey docbruin...well it sounds like your weekend will be spectacular all because of me...well, that's a stretch, but I am delighted to have put a smile on your face!

The physical image of me having a coniption fit upon my discovery was certainly enough to scare everyone in the entire store...I had to shop somewhere else for a while...silly me!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I don't think I could eat something called Spotted Dick...especially if it spurted! I love your writing!

Once when I was a little girl my grandfather fed my sisters and I "potted meat" - only after we were done I spotted the can in the trash and it said "cat food"! Never could eat potted meat again after that!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Justateacher, good grief, I think I woulda' scrubbed my tongue raw and induced vomiting!

The worst meal I ever had was when my Mother when my Mother was in the hospital for a week. My Mother used to fix a hot breakfast for my brother's and I every morning. Well, during my Mother's hospital stay, my father was taking care of the meals. He fixed warm raisin bran for us. He heated the milk on the stove,poured the flakes in, and served it to us like he was a chef or sumth'n! I really thought I was going to die, and begged my Mother to never get sick again. "Please!" I begged, "He's trying to kill us!" My Mother could ony laugh. But boy-oh-boy was I glad when she came home!


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

That sounds like what my dad would have done...he never knew how to fix a hot meal...we knew when Daddy was home we would have sandwiches!


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

I didn't care if he never fixed another meal! I vowed that I would starve myself until my Mother came home...THANKFULLY,my Grandmother started coming over everyday. WE WERE SAVED...Grandma to the rescue!!!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

I love your writing style and was laughing all the way through. I won't be eating any spotted you-now-what anytime soon however...but I will be following you!


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Everybody's gotta read this hub!


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Haha! I love this. I once found a can of spotted dick in the back of my pantry. Like you, my sister-in-law found it on clearance somewhere and decided to surprise me with it. I couldn't stop laughing. I had never heard of it before, so I had to look it up, too.


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

@stayingalivemoma, I am a real prize when it come to shopping, these things always seem to jump out at me. I was at the store once and saw a tube of "Crack Cream". Now mind you it was for the soles of the feet, but the thoughts that floated through my mind....let's just say I'd much rather have itchy -n- scratchy feet!

@DeborahNeyens, I was so disturbed by the site of this in the store, that I nearly led a single woman protest in aisle 5! Then I read the can, and nearly fainted! I had to read on it, and was rather amused by my antics...silly me!


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I *know* what Spotted Dick is, and how good it is freshly made, so NO way would my mostly Brit blood ever consider buying it in a CAN, I don't care how much it's marked down!

That said, I once had a roommate born and raised in Germany who made to-die-for German Potato Salad. I even have her recipe somewhere and have made it many times. But just for the heck of it once, I bought a can of GPS, and was surprised to find it's **close enough** to the real thing that I've had NO problem buying it many times since. When I get a hankerin' for GPS at 3 a.m., having a can on the shelf is wayyyy better than spending hours peeling and boiling potatoes and messing with bacon and the bazillion other ingredients that go into the real thing...if I even have all of them. ;D


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

JamaGenee, I like your style, I'm all for prepared, especially these days. Ingredients cost too much. I'm still trying to explain making a fruit salad with fruit rollups!!


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kimh039 4 years ago

HA! This is hilarious! I wish I had been in the store with you when you spotted the spotted dick! I felt like I was though. I love the way you wrote that. I also remember having to stay at the table until I ate the salmon casserole mom made for the first and last time. I didn't think to use a napkin and it took forever for someone to let the dog in! Soylent green - yuck, but your mind works in mysterious ways, taking us from spotted dick to human meat. Thanks for the fun ride:)


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

kimho39, sometimes my mind is all over the place. What better place to put my thoughts...all in one hub!

My Mother was a good cook, however she didn't drain the juice from cooked vegetables enough for ME! Once that juice soaked into the rest of the food, it was now tainted and I couldn'e eat any of it...well maybe off of the top, but the rest...absolutely unequivocally NOT!

AND I never ate when she cooked beets or turnips. As a child I thought there should be a law against serving either of these vegetables to children...it's downright uncivilized!!


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

...and kim, you would not have wanted to be in the store with me when I discovered the Spotted Dick! You would have either a)pretended that you didn't know me. b) called 911, and asked that they bring a psychiatrist,or c) clicked your heels, and got outta there...quickly and immediately!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Hahaha - I bet we are already eating soylent green and much worse. Argh! I'm sure many a finger gets chopped off while working in these meat factories.

By the way, I wrote a hub about all that meat being recalled for e.coli yet you never read about a big bon fire destroying it. I contacted the USDA for an answer and they emailed back telling me it is cooked and put back on the shelf - well now we know what meat goes into canned and frozen foods. So much is banned in Europe but not here. Maybe soylent green will be an improvement over this slop we call food.

Speaking of spotted dick - whenever I was visiting friends and family in England I'd stock up on cans of this pudding to bring back and give as a gift. What a hit! Then I went to a restaurant over there and had the real thing - oh so delightful!

Didn't know about the Obama ice cream - oh yikes. These things make great gifts but as food...oh no thank you forever.

Loved the hub - rated up and yay!


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Wow! I'm learning so much from you! I had no idea about repurposing meat recalls...good Grief...that's scary!

I used to joke that I was going to stop consuming food, and develop a personal and poratble IV...I haven't figured out how it should be placed over your head though...that big metal stand would prove difficult thile driving!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Fruit salad made with fruit rollups? And the problem with that would be?????? Whatever works, I say. lol! I'm guessing, though, Bubble & Squeak is NOT in your culinary repertoire. Right?


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

No offense JamaGenee, but Bubble & Squeak sounds like what comes from your booty before you drop a load, or even like the names of two elderly exotic dancers!

Of course I had to look it up, and actually, I am all for one pot, or one pan meals...I would eat this, but would substitute the pork for a beef or turkey product. I would also likely eliminate the pickles (I do like them, but only with sandwiches), and I would not eat the meat cold, I would heat it.

I think I'll call my dish,"Ya'll better eat this dang food!"


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kimh039 4 years ago

yeah. i'd pretend i didn't know you!


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Kim...YOU crack me up!!! I love your wit guurl!!!


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Don't shoot the messenger! I didn't come up with the name! Personally, my first thought on hearing about a dish called "Bubble & Squeak" was similar to your reaction. Didn't sound like FOOD to me either. But then it DOES come from the same country that named a dessert "Spotted Dick" AND calls cookies "biscuits". Nuff said, right? ;D


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imatellmuva 4 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore Author

Nuff said JamaGenee...LOL.

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