16 December 2010

Who needs figgy pudding?



Fried Ice Cream, courtesy of Wholy Frijoles
Seriously, what’s up with figgy pudding?

People are always singing its praises at Xmas time but no one seems to know what it is. Have I ever seen it on a menu? No Ma’am. Have I ever enjoyed a slice in someone’s home? No Sir. Have I ever even seen the stuff in person? No Way Jose!

So, what’s up with that? What is figgy pudding anyway?

From Wikipedia: Figgy pudding is a pudding resembling something like a white Christmas pudding containing figs. The pudding may be baked, steamed in the oven, boiled or fried.

Wow, way to be vague, Wikipedia. Helpful much?

I think figgy pudding must be one of those English traditions that never quite made it to us here in America. You know, like tea time and professional soccer and the ability to wear plaid year round. Anyone in the UK reading this should feel free to enlighten me on the matter. I’m curious--Do y’all really enjoy goose and fig pudding every Christmas, or did Charles Dickens color my imagination?

Well, the fact remains; there is a serious lack of figgy pudding in my community. So, I say, we all go in together and start a new whole new tradition! I suggest we use fried ice cream.
Mmmmm......it's sure to be a Clean Plate Club Christmas!

Have you ever had fried ice cream? It’s amazing. They serve it at Mexican restaurants. No, not Taco Bell, silly, I mean like the classy places that hire mariachis in sequin hats to sing LaBamba by table side. You know, authentic Mexican.

Don’t ask me how they make it, but it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Sometimes they serve it on a tortilla that’s been flash fried and sprinkled with cinnamon. You'll take one bite and your senses will be so frazzled and confused you'll let out a giant honking noise that will scare off the mariachis (I can speak from experience on that one).

And, you know what else? Fried ice cream has almost as many syllables as figgy pudding! That means, if we all join together in a group effort, we can reassign lyrics to the song.

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Oh, bring us fried ice cream;
Oh, bring us fried ice cream;
Oh, bring us a fried ice cream and a cup of good cheer!


I’m also pretty sure we can swap out good cheer for Diet Coke.

What? It’s a thought :) 

3 comments:

  1. hahahahaha LOVED this!!! and yeah, figgy pudding, my aunt fanny!! bring us ANYTHING but that!!!

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  2. Great post! Have you ever heard a choral version of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas'? The version I sang in high school (yes, I was a total drama geek-no surprise there) practically had instructions to yell at that point. I still don't get it.

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  3. Have never had this! Sounds so good. When I "giant honking noise," I inadvertently let out a medium sized honking noise.

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