The Good Women of Durham Street (and an Unappealing Pudding)

From Ngaire’s diary, 6th September 1950
Women’s Guild this afternoon when Mrs. W. G. Jenkins spoke on foot health. She was careful not to give away any trade secrets.”

The Women’s Guild must have been a riot, not to mention Young Marrieds, who are frequently mentioned in Ngaire’s journals – not always happily.

9th August 1949
“Young Marrieds tonight. The subject “Sex education of children” was rather controversial. Personally I object to the public discussion of such topics, but some people seem to revel in it.”

All this vaguely medical talk had me thinking about recipes for convalescents so, since I am committed to cooking everything in Granny’s book (no matter how unappealing) today I gave Breadcrumb Pudding a go.

I’m not certain whether this recipe was devised for easy digestion or simple economics. Either way, it really has nothing to recommend it. I can only imagine that one of the ladies from the Durham Street Methodist Church Women’s Guild gave Ngaire the recipe and she was too polite not to add it to her collection. The texture is awful and, except for the jam on top, it doesn’t have much flavour. Unlike a proper bread and butter pudding, it doesn’t have any butter which certainly doesn’t help. As a consequence, you have to smother it in cream,  possibly defeating the purpose if you’re on an invalid diet.

Breadcrumb Pudding

1 level cup breadcrumbs, 1 1/2 pints boiled milk (ughh)
Soak crumbs for 5 minutes then beat in 1 good tablespoon sugar, yolks of 2 eggs and flavouring (vanilla)
Cook in moderate oven until firm (about 1/2 hour). Spread with jam and beaten whites of eggs mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar.
Cook for about 1/2 hour.

4 thoughts on “The Good Women of Durham Street (and an Unappealing Pudding)

      • Apparently Grandpa used to make mum eat bread soaked in hot milk if she complained of a stomach ache… No doubt curing any hypochondria as well (although one of his favorite snacks was bread and dripping – he lived to 91 so perhaps he was on to something).


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