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Damhnait’s Peas Pudding Recipe

-Take two cups (or one cup, or three cups or the whole bag! This makes for excellent salty leftovers) of yellow split peas and rinse.

-Open a bottle of wine or a beer for yourself as this a labour intensive dish of stirring, tasting and making sure the peas don’t burn! Pour yourself a glass of wine.

-In a small to medium stock pot, pour just enough water to cover the peas and bring them to a boil on high heat.

-Once boiling, stir vigorously, reduce heat to low and simmer for one and a half hours, adding a half a cup of water every ten minutes or so, depending how fast the peas are absorbing the liquid. The key here is to stir every couple of minutes. If you burn the peas pudding it is very difficult to salvage and people will be very unhappy as this is my, and many others’, favorite part of Jigg’s Dinner. So stir, stir, stir.

-The good thing about all the stirring is if you are at a friend’s house and have been asked to make Peas pudding-it looks like you are in a mad, frantic panic and you will not be asked to help out in other ways ( ie change a diaper, set the table, or get beer for anyone else) because you look so damn busy already!

-When the peas have reached the desired consistency – very soft, akin to homemade baby food – get out the butter. Assess the waistlines of the company at hand-if you feel people need to be fattened up-throw in five tablespoons-if they have been complaining all day about how much weight they gained over Christmas, put in three tablespoons and some earplugs-then when they turn around, sneak in the other two tablespoons. Add salt and pepper to taste! umm peas pudding


Nan’s White Pudding
With Brown Sugar Sauce (yummy)

1 ½ cups of flour
2 tsps of baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup of butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
¾ cup of milk

-Sift dry ingredients together.
-In another bowl, cream butter and sugar, add in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and milk.
-Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Brown Sugar Sauce

Mix together over low heat:

2 Tbs butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup of boiling water
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsps of cornstarch

-Mix together over low heat, butter, brown sugar, water and vanilla.
-Let boil, then add the cornstarch
-Stir constantly until sauce thickens, remove from heat. Serve over pudding.

I LOVE this at Christmas!!!!


Cod Au Gratin

1lb Cod Fillets, cut into cubes
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
1 ¼ cups of milk
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese bread crumbs

-in a small saucepan on low heat, melt butter, stir in flour until smooth, remove from heat
-gradually stir in half of the milk, return to medium/high heat, stir until smooth, gradually adding remaining milk. Stir constantly until it thickens and it’s bubbling (do not let it burn like I have done MANY times!) Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste
-Place uncooked cod in greased baking dish or in individual baking dishes
-Pour white sauce over fish and top with cheese and bread crumbs

Cook at 375 for about 30 mins

More recipes coming soon!