My recipe, similar to the one my mother always made is traditionally called 'carrot pudding' because it has grated carrots, potatoes (to make it moist) dates, red cherries, raisins, some seasonal spices and a couple of teaspoons of molasses and it's steamed instead of baked.
Growing up at home the pudding was served with a brown sugar sauce; the adults had a bit of rum added to theirs. Christmas dinner always ended with this warm and filling dessert and I'm sure it must have a zillion calories in it and since the brown sugar sauce is so sweet, I've switched to using custard.
Last month, myself and a couple of friends formed a 'circle of friends' to meet for lunch once a month and talk about the things we have in common; gardening and tea. We have added another to our circle and although one could not be with us, the December lunch was held at Lavender Cottage.
I set a Christmas table of gold, silver and white with just a hint of pink.
We had a great time together and I hope you will find time during the holidays yourself to sit with a friend or two for some inspiring conversation over a cup of tea.
Sandi from Prince Edward Island has been hosting our weekly Tea Time Tuesday parties at her Rose Chintz Cottage for a number of months now and she is a gracious host, visiting each of her participants with friendship and kind words. Thank you Sandi for bringing us together, even though it is through our blogs.
Merry Christmas to the friends that share tea with us each week.