Parish Men’s Group
Discussions, social events and friendship for the men of the parish
The men’s group meet each month from September to July. Our meetings are a mixture of discussions, sometimes on a spiritual theme and social events. New members are always welcome to come and meet other men from the parish, share a drink and a discussion and end the evening with night prayer.
Christmas Pudding Night 2016
The Annual Christmas Pudding night for 2016 took place on Friday 18 just in time for “Stir Up Sunday.” It was a great fun packed event once more with 70 men of the parish donning their cooking aprons to create two mouth-watering Christmas Puddings (complete with vintage sixpence pieces) The event organised by Martine and Tom has become one of the highlights of the calendar and Brendan with his unique brand of showmanship brought the evening to life. The theme this year was “Mods & Rockers.” Brendan changed twice, a “Mod” for part one and a “Rocker” after the fish and chip supper. There was a slight moment of “pudding gate” on Saturday morning after a pudding or two had gone missing, but the crisis was averted and puddings restored to their rightful owner. I think they had been left with care in a well-known place of refreshment. Yes, you guessed it – the Wheatsheaf! After a song from Father Will and Fr Chris the annual blessing of the puddings took place. The evening then concluded with much merriment and singing of well-known stirring songs of yesteryear. Another year of the Pudding Society was over with puddings being despatched to far flung parts of the Empire and the British Isles. The pudding mannequins taken by Grant gives all the ladies of the Parish a glimpse of this male preserve!!
Christmas Pudding Society 2015
Well done, you have managed to create the most amazing Christmas Pudding which I have no doubt you will enjoy sharing with your family and friends during the forthcoming Festive Season. Let it be a reminder to you of the friendship and fellowship that you were part of when you created this delicious treat. You will be required to steam this pudding initially for 4 hours and repeat on Christmas Day for a further 2 hours.
To gain the best results you should ‘feed’ your pudding with brandy (another glassful) after the initial steaming, at least once before you wish to use it. You can also try any of the seasonal toppings that you may wish to put on: brandy butter, rum sauce or cream and please don’t forget to warn your guests of the sixpences.
To Steam: Place pudding in large saucepan and fill up with water to just over halfway below the rim of the pudding bowl. Do not boil, but simmer gently. Place fresh water in the pan as the pudding steams.
Quick tip: Place old saucer under pudding basin (upside down) to protect against burning if water steams dry. Do not place pudding in microwave to cook because of the sixpences!
Brandy Butter: (For 6 people)
3oz/75g unsalted butter.
30z/75g caster sugar
1½ tablespoons brandy and
1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
Method: Make sure butter is at room temperature before you begin, then beat, using a wooden spoon, until white and creamy. Add the sugar a little at a time and beat well after each addition. Continue until all the sugar is added, then gradually work in the brandy a few drops at a time, still beating. Lastly, beat in the lemon juice, and when everything is thoroughly amalgamated, transfer the butter to a suitable dish and chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
Rum or Brandy Sauce: (For 4-6 people)
2oz/50g plain flour.
15 fl oz/425 ml milk
2ox/50g caster sugar and
2-3 tablespoons of rum or brandy.
Method: Slowly melt the butter in a small saucepan. Now work the flour into the melted butter, using a wooden spoon, until the mixture is fairly smooth. Gradually add the milk and stir well after each addition to keep mixture free from lumps.
When all the milk is added and you have a smooth creamy sauce, stir in the sugar and let it cook over a very low heat for 10 minutes, stirring it slowly all the time to prevent from sticking. Add the rum or brandy, and taste to check if more rum is needed before serving with your Christmas pudding Above all, enjoy and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year for another fun evening.
On behalf of the Pudding Club Society