The wrong kind of black pudding

We tried the amuse bouche (no accent on the e, I’m advised) last night. The difficulty was that when the cocktail-stick-skewered black pudding and sprout combination was dipped into the tempura batter, the black pudding fell off the stick and sunk. This rather left ‘deep fried sprouts’ as our hors d’oeuvre, though they did look rather beautiful, particularly to a pseud like me who was immediately taken by the serendipitous symbolism of the ‘globe-on-its-axis’ effect generated by the minimalist snack.

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11 Responses to The wrong kind of black pudding

  1. johnny n says:

    why didn’t you dip them into the batter sprout-side down?

  2. Stephen Foster says:

    It made no odds, the black pudding was of the Lancashire variety and was simply too wet. The mere sight of the batter was enough for it to tremble and disintigrate.

  3. mum says:

    From the one who only makes a mess in the kitchen ! Why did you not batter them together ? xxx

  4. mum says:

    Now I see your problem you should have used Lancashire batter !!!!

  5. Stephen Foster says:

    Top culinary tip there, mam, perhaps i have misjudged you too harshly in the ‘forthcoming tome.’ :–)

  6. chiffs says:

    I have just spent the last hour chipping batter spatter and sprout grout off the kitchen walls, so I don’t really understand why the stuff didn’t just glue the two together straight off. They were delicious and beautiful to look at. They tasted like sprouts in batter and black pudding in batter. I’d eat a tramp’s shoe if it was battered.

  7. Mich says:

    Maybe if you’d frozen the black pudding (or at least chilled it down really cold) it would have given the batter time to crispen up and cook before the black pudding disintegrated. But what do I know, you’re the time served chef aren’t you?………….Next contribution will be advice on sentence construction and punctuation 😉

  8. Diane says:

    whats wrong with pineapple and cheese on a stick you are sooooooooooo middle class eeeeeeek!!!

  9. anjali says:

    um, gross?

  10. Stephen Foster says:


    You surely can’t object to a deep fried sprout?

    I sometimes have a cube of Emmenthal and a grape on a stick Sis; it keeps me down with my roots.

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