If you love pudding as much as I do, you’ll want to check out the Winter issue of Edible Vancouver. I’m proud to say that my article “Personal Puddings: A Confession, with Recipes” appears on page 36. And, even better, those fabulous personal puddings found their way onto the cover of the issue. (Many thanks to the very talented and oh-so-wonderful Leeanne Munn for making my puddings look as good as they taste.)
Until I get my hands on the pdf of the article, you can read the digital version of Edible Vancouver, which is full of tasty articles about spiced winter drinks, hazelnuts and much more.
Also, I’m working on something cool with Kafka’s Coffee and Tea. We’re still working out some of the details, but it promises to be fun, exciting and chocolatey. If you’d like to get the details before anyone else, fill in the contact form below.
Remember sports day in elementary school? A day of potato sack races, balancing eggs on spoons, and tying your leg to someone else’s and trying not to trip as you lumbered across a field? Yeah, sports day.
I have a distinct memory of burnt hot dogs and fudgesicles. It turns out that fudgesicles are not frozen fudge, but frozen pudding.
Egads! Frozen chocolate pudding? No wonder they were so delicious.
Think of the possibilities: butterscotchsicles, bananapuddingsicles…ricepuddingsicles? Erm, maybe not.
The Lower East Side of New York is full of unique little shops. It’s where I got two pairs of vintage pumps and a gorgeous pair of old cowboy boots, for next to nothing.
It’s also home to two kitschy cute places that are worth visiting, even if you don’t buy anything.
Rice to Riches (warning: really irritating website with autoplay, crazy flash and poor usability) serves rice pudding, and nothing but. Choose from flavours like “Honey Graham for Mr. Smith”, “Perfectly Legal Pecan Pie” or “The Edge of Rum Raisin”. And then choose decadent toppings to go on top!
It seems a tad expensive, but I’m willing to bet that one person can only eat so much rice pudding – and really, it’s more about sharing the wackiness with your friends, right? And, just in case you’re super serious about your rice pudding, they ship overnight within the US.
A few blocks away, Economy Candy is a sight to behold. The entire store smells like plastic wrappers and cheap sugar, but in a strangely comforting way. The store is stacked from floor to ceiling with – you guessed it – candy. There are old-school sugared grapefruit slices, all flavours of jelly belly jelly beans, and giant Pez dispensers. They also have a surprisingly decent selection of high-end chocolate.
Rice to Riches
37 Spring Street
New York, NY
108 Rivington Street
New York, NY
I’m usually a pretty positive person, so take me very seriously when I say this: I detest New Year’s Eve. It’s the one night of the year when everyone feels obligated to make an arse of themselves, and when was the last time that turned out well?
Every year, I swear that I’m boycotting it but then I get invited to a bunch of parties by people I vaguely know. Crippled by an inability to say no, I say yes and end up taking transit to go back and forth between parties of people I don’t really have any interest in talking to. Boo-urns, I say.
So this year, I have grand plans. I’m going to stop by Hanson‘s place in the afternoon to play Guitar Hero and meet his fiancee, and then I’m coming home. I’m going to change into my pajamas, pop some popcorn, and eat pudding. On the couch. You are welcome to join me. To the couch part, I mean. It would be rude to invite randoms to Hanson’s place.
As a North American, I think of pudding as a thickened custard-like dessert that you eat with a spoon. To an English person, pudding is something else, generally meaning a steamed cake-like dessert served in a ramekin, or inverted onto a dish.
One of my favourites is sticky toffee pudding: deep, dark, date-based cake served warm with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. In Vancouver, Burgoo does a decent version of it, except that it’s a little bit too sweet. In 2006, Haagen Dazs held a contest to develop a new ice cream flavour, and sticky toffee pudding was the winner. Now, I’m not usually a fan of ice cream with “stuff” in it, but I lurrrrve Haagen Dazs sticky toffee pudding ice cream. I’m so glad that it has been upgraded to a permanent flavour.