What The Heck Is Figgy Pudding?

What The Heck Is Figgy Pudding?

"Now bring us some figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer!"
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What the heck is figgy pudding?

Anyone who sings the song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” around Christmas time sings the lyrics, “Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, and a cup of good cheer.” But what is figgy pudding? I never knew what this was growing up, and I had never met anyone who actually did know what it was. So, here’s to all of you out there who were just like me.

Figgy pudding, also called plum pudding and Christmas pudding, is a popular Christmas dessert in Britain, which is how it ended up in the jolly Christmas tune we sing today. It’s a staple on a British Christmas menu, but is rarely eaten in the United States. Its original number of ingredients (thirteen) represented Jesus Christ and the twelve apostles, so the dish carries a symbolic meaning to the Brits around Christmas time.

First, let’s establish what “pudding” is. Over in England, pudding doesn’t refer to the creamy deliciousness inside of a snack-pack that Americans know and love. It refers to any dessert, so Christmas pudding, a type of cake, fits this label.

Though this cake’s names would lead you to guess what it is made of, it does not always contain figs or plums. Figs were historically incorporated in the recipe, but are occasionally left out of modern ingredient lists. The term “plum” used to be a generic term for any dried fruit, which is how this particular nickname came to be, since the cake does contain lots of raisins.

A figgy pudding is a steamed cake (those two words don’t seem like they go together) filled with brandy, dried fruits, and fresh fruits. A steamed cake is quite literally a cake that is steamed instead of baked, and the brandy contributes greatly to the flavor of the “pudding.”

This dessert is often made from scratch, and the process is very labor-intensive. The alcohol in the cake is meant to age for a couple of weeks to draw out more flavor, so it needs to be prepared in advance. Christmas hosts across Britain are already at work on their cakes and are letting the brandy soak to create figgy deliciousness.

Oh, and another thing about Christmas pudding? You can set it on fire. You can light this cake up Baked-Alaska-style. If that doesn’t scream Christmas cheer, I don’t know what will.

You now know what the heck the lyrics of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” are talking about. You can run and tell all of your friends that you know a bit of Christmas trivia that they probably don’t know. You can also sing the song with a sly smirk, knowing that you’ve read up on the overlooked meaning of the words.

And, if you’re really curious and patient and want to try out this Christmas staple for yourself, you can click on the link below for a recipe from BBC.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/851637/figgy-christmas-pudding

Happy holidays!

(Source: www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/20/460488236/...)

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10 Reasons Moe's Will Always And Forever Be Superior To Chipotle

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1. WELCOME TO MOE'S!

You don't get this kind of hospitality from Chipotle.

2. Their menu is much larger.

Moe's offers burritos, quesadillas, nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, salads, and they all have cool names! Chipotle just has burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads. BORING.

3. They offer a variety of toppings.


Moe's offers over 20 fresh ingredients while Chipotle has...barely anything. :/

4. Moe Monday.

$5 BURRITOS!!!!! Seriously no one can beat that.

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7. Free chips and a salsa bar!

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Ahhh, October. Some may recognize this time for the season, Autumn, but those who know how to live their lives right know that Pumpkin Spice comes back on the menu. This includes many indulging in the seasonal lattes at Starbucks, but what if I told you there are many other ways to aid this fix? Here are the right ways to get you in the right mood for Fall with a just the right amount of pumpkin spice here in Tuscaloosa.

1. Spice Up That Coffee Order

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Besides the well-known pumpkin spice latte served, Starbucks offers a variety of items on their seasonal menu made with this spice. On your way or in-between class, try a pumpkin spice chai tea latte, pumpkin scone, or various of other menu items including pumpkin. getting tired of the trend, try Starbuck's other seasonal items such as the salted caramel mocha, maple pecan muffin, and apple cider donut so you stay feeling the fall vibes.

Click the link below to reveal Starbuck's top ten secret Fall drinks

https://starbuckssecretmenu.net/10-pumpkin-starbuc...

2. Spice Up Your Learning Space

Even if you're overwhelmed with studying for midterms, allow the aroma of pumpkin spice erases your stress. Stop by Bath and Bodyworks or your favorite candle store to fill your space with your fall favorites. Live in a dorm, Bath and body works sells seasonal plug-ins so you don't miss out on the seasonal vibes. Even if you're in class, grab a travel size lotion so you always have fall on your mind.

Check out Bath and Bodywork's Fall Scents in the link below!

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com

3. Spice Up Your Skin Care Routine

Check out these seasonal must-haves to make your skincare and beauty routine feel just as cozy as the fall season!Click the image to purchase these must-haves!

Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Facial Cleanser

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