A Tale of Two Puddings – Week 4 2021


A.K.A. The day Elizabeth accidentally traumatized her family by disguising blood pudding as chocolate cake.

It’s Week 4, which means we’re officially past the mid-way mark of this year’s cook off. This week’s recipes have us putting away the frying pan and pulling out the pudding bag. What? You don’t own a pudding cloth …. or bag …. or basin. As always, we’ve got plenty of options and work arounds for you.

But before we dig in…

A quick reminder that modern interpretations of this week’s recipes can be found at the bottom of this post. Just cook the dish, snap a photo of the results, and add your pic to the comments section of the week 4 recipe post on the Colony of Avalon’s Facebook page. You’ll automatically be entered into this week’s prize draw. Up for grabs? A $50 gift certificate for Alder Cottage Newfoundland Online Cookery School. But that’s not all, you’ll also be entered into our grand prize draw for a Snowpeak Takibi portable outdoor Fire and Grill. WOWZA! Deadline for this week’s entries are 11:59 pm, Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Ready to get started?

A Tale of Two Puddings

This week’s recipes come to us from Robert May’s classic The Accomplisht Cook. The art & mystery of cookery. Wherein the whole art is revealed in a more easie and perfect method, than hath been publisht in any language.

May was born in 1588 and came from a family of distinguished chefs. At the age of ten he was sent to Paris to continue learning his trade. He then spent seven years as an apprentice in London. Throughout his long career, he cooked for many members of the British aristocracy. The Accomplisht Cook, written in 1660 when May was already 72 years old, is full of tips, tricks and trade secrets.

The Accomplisht Cook includes many extravagant dishes, and some that are downright bonkers, like an exploding pastry ship with flags, streamers and guns, and a pie containing live frogs and birds guaranteed to make dinner guests “skip and shreek”.