eatyourwords.co.uk
Proof Of The Pudding - Eat Your Words
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating!” is a well-used phrase which we often shorten to ‘proof of the pudding’. This simply means that you can’t tell if anything is good or not, until it has been tried out properly. The phrase itself is an old one, dating back to 16051, but at that stage , the ‘pudding’ in question would have been a sausage-y savoury thing, similar to today’s black pudding or haggis. These days, aside from our black pudding, steak-and-kidney pudding and Yorkshire pudding, we now mostly think of puddings as a sweet dish. In fact, the word ‘pudding’ (or, in Britain, “pud”) is often interchangeable with the word dessert, especially if the pudding contains fruit, is hot, or served with cream or custard. The Christmas pudding is a bit special, though. A Christmas dinner would not be complete without one even though, frankly, many people do admit they don’t like it that much. We certainly don’t like it enough to eat it at other times of the year. What we do like, however, is the drama. Pouring brandy over it and setting it on fire, so it comes to the table as a burning blue-flamed ball; …