Monday, May 10, 2010

A goddess, and something rather more down-to-earth...

Here is a Greek goddess in our garden... Iris!With Son 1 being so interested in Greek mythology, I checked up on the origins of the flower name, and I find that these beautiful flowers, which are so prevalent in their various colours around Toulouse in April-May, are named after the goddess of the rainbow, who was a messenger for the other gods. Rather beautiful mythology, to go with the wonderful flowers...And SOOOO much more down-to-earth is the pudding that Son 1 decided to cook for us last night - Spotted Dick!
Oh my goodness, that was an experience! I've never made one before (caution, Sarah, it contains suet), and we were a bit dubious when we unwrapped it from its boiling cloth and saw its glistening surface... But it tasted pretty marvellous with custard! Another culinary truimph for Son 1...

18 comments:

Rubyred said...

Hello Floss, love the gorgeous platter with the wonderful Spotted Dick on it! Does that translate into French!
Such pretty Irises too!
Rachel x

Michela said...

I spied your gorgeous Irises on your table yesterday! Thank you for sharing a bit of history! Well done to Son.1! xxx

Itch2stitch.com said...

I love the iris! We used to have some pond ones, and they were exquititely beautiful!
Yum Floss, what talented children you have! suzie xxx

Angela said...

Oooh! I love Spotted Dick. You have inspired me to make one. btw, suet puddings work really well in a microwave and you don't have the hassle of long steamy boilings.
Can you get Atora packet suet in France, or do you have to buy the 'real stuff' from the butcher?

silverpebble said...

Spotted Dick looks like the perfect hearty pud for this horrid chilly weather we've been having.

Irises are beautiful aren't they? I espeically love the colours of yours Floss. Any more hoopoe news?

Sherri B. said...

Spotted Dick! My grandmother spoke of it (she was born in England) but never made it for us, shame as it looks delious. Hmmmm...sounds like a good recipe.
Beautiful Iris.

Manka said...

I love Irises !
Your son is so clever!

Maria said...

Spotted dick, just want we could do with to cheer us uo in this horrid cold weather..:)

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

I have not seen iris that colour before - they are absolutely beautiful and worthy of their Greek goddessness.

Sarah said...

Irisis are beautiful....The last time I had spotted dick was when I was at school and I was made to eat it with thick lumpy custard. Consequently I haven't eaten it since!

Sarah said...

Say no more!! I will agree that it looks jolly tasty anyway. Well done lad! I always thought a spotted dick was a savory dish. Clearly I'm not English. It's good to hear the boys are still enjoying their cooking adventures.

maryannlucy said...

I have never had spotted dick before, I really must give it a try. Great job x

TheMadHouse said...

Those Iris' look magnificent. I love any pudding with suet in, Jam roly poly being my fav.

Mami said...

Hi,Floss
Irisis have a beautiful another name!! thank you for letting us the wonderful story.

Son1's cooking is excellent!!

Josie-Mary said...

mmmmm looks good :) x

beck said...

hi Floss, love the flowers, isn't it great that your son has an interest in Greek mythology?! My daughter studied this when she was at a Steiner school a few years ago. Love the spotted dick, what a funny name! Hope all is well with you & your gorgeous famiily xo

bad penny said...

beautiful & delicate flowers - nice to read about their name. Great pudding !

jeannette said...

Beautiful irises - I posted some blue-purple ones in my next-to last blog post -it's really neat to see how your kids each already have definite interests!