Curious Food #19: Dishing up the Double Entendre

17 Feb

Interestingly, most of the food from my Cabinet of Food Curiosities that fits into the double entendre category is from the UK.

Let’s begin with Batchelors Mushy Peas and Batchelors Marrowfat Peas.


According to Wikipedia, mushy peas are “dried marrowfat peas which are first soaked overnight in water and then simmered with a little sugar and salt until they form a thick green lumpy soup” They are popular in British cuisine, often served with Fish & Chips. Seemingly innocent, if unappetizing,  at first glance.

However, Batchelors Peas TV ads bring out the double entendre in mushy peas. Which one do you want for dinner? Will it be Dave, John, or Stephen?

Next up is one of the most curious of foods: Spotted Dick.


The origins of the name for the UK’s beloved suet and raisin sponge pudding are shrouded in the mists of time. However, some folks such as those in the Flintshire County Council, find the name offensive, and elected to have it changed to Spotted Richard.

Steamed puddings seem to be particularly popular in the UK, but I must protest a pudding made from steak and kidney.


As a Canadian, I tend to think dessert when the word pudding is used. However, there are many foods known as “puddings“: there are indeed dessert puddings (custard puddings, rice puddings, bread puddings, plum puddings, Spotted Dick), but there are also savory puddings (meat puddings, haggis, black/blood puddings, white/cereal puddings, Hasty pudding, Pease pudding), and baked batter puddings (Yorkshire pudding). I think it would be a great idea to have a potluck meal where everyone has to bring a different pudding. Although perhaps someone should bring salad. But there are a lot of so-called salads too, so there’s no safe ground there either.

In case you are wondering about the backdrop in my photos, it is an appliqued and embroidered cloth that I’m fairly sure was my maternal grandmother’s. She was pretty saucy.


It is actually quite beautifully craft work. Even the backside (so to speak) shows attention to detail.


Speaking of saucy, my mother-in-law gave me this fan for Christmas to add to my Cabinet of Beauty & Hygiene Curiosities.


Well, enough of all that. This is the last regular Cabinet of Curiosities post until I manage to restock. In the meanwhile, keep cool, and be gay!

Posted by Truly Scrumptious


2 Responses to “Curious Food #19: Dishing up the Double Entendre”

  1. The Erratic Cook February 20, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    It is nice that Humpty and Dumpty keep making repeat appearances. Have you ever tried some of these…um…canned delicacies?

    • Truly Scrumptious February 20, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Oh no! What goes into the Cabinet, stays in the Cabinet. So will it be Dave, John or Stephen? Which one do you want for dinner?

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