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Food Experiment Help?

Courtesy of Little Sister Pony, I am the proud owner of a Heinz brand Spotted Dick In A Can. I have to say, it isn't quite what I thought it would be -- I always kind of thought that spotted dick was a sheet o' lard rolled up with currants, but the can promises a (vegetarian!) spongy sort of pudding. Apparently, you're supposed to steam it in the can by boiling the whole can for half an hour, and then opening it Very Carefully. Presumably while being secretly filmed for the British version of Candid Camera or something.

Anyway, my British friends tell me that you're supposed to eat the spotted dick with custard. Being a big fan of following the directions for the first time making something foreign, I took myself down to Treasure Island ("America's Most European Supermarket") and bought a can of Ambrosia brand Devon custard. I'm all set to prepare and sample this taste treat, but I've got a question first, for any British-ish f-listers who might be reading along, quivering with silent laughter:

After I've spooned custard over dick, what do I do with the rest of the custard? I mean, it's a standard 15-oz. can, and I can't imagine that I'll need the whole thing for just one can of spotted dick. Does it go over other foods? Can it be eaten alone? I'm not even sure what consistency of dairyliciousness is going to come out of that can, to be honest. Probably something thicker than heavy cream, but not as solid as flan, but that leaves a wide range in between . . .

Help me, f-list! You're my only hope!

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jay_of_lasgalen
Feb. 1st, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
Custard can be eaten with many desserts, particularly sponge-based ones like the spotted dick; but my favourite is bananas and custard. Simply slice a banana, and pour warm custard over. Mmmm ...

I had no idea you could get Ambrosia Devon custard in the US! Enjoy the spotted dick (what my husband, in his youth, called 'dead man's leg with scabs on'). I hope that doesn't put you off!
frenchpony
Feb. 1st, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
So it can go over fruit, that's good to know. Probably not a banana, since I don't really like bananas, but maybe a papaya or something. Thanks!

I had no idea you could get Ambrosia Devon custard in the US!

Probably not in the smaller towns, but in a big city like Chicago, New York, or Boston? You can get pretty much anything if you know where to look. Pretty much. There are some things I haven't managed to find, but, yeah, they had a few cans of the custard.

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