Chocolate Comfort for a Cold Winter

My grandmother was an excellent cook. Thin as a rake, she lived on lettuce and sherry. Perhaps that’s why her meals were works of art. She wouldn’t eat them but she could admire them. Christmas was picture perfect, Easter was a Baroque classic and afternoon teas were pastoral scenes. Every time she lit her gas stove with a long wax taper we knew we were in for  treat. Even something as simple as a self-saucing chocolate pudding turned out light on top, dense and rich below and with the special touch of being studded with walnuts.

My own cooking is much more purposeful. A blunt instrument compared to my grandmother’s finesse. In my early twenties when my best friend left town, I consoled myself by baking self-saucing chocolate puddings and eating them with tubs of ice cream. Everyday. I can still remember the recipe off by heart:

Mix 1 cup of self raising flour, 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa. Add 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar mixed with another 2 tablespoons of cocoa and pour 2 cups of boiling water over the top. Bake for about 45 minutes, or less if you can’t wait that long. It’ll still taste the same.

No walnuts. No light touch. No oil painting. Just easy, quick, comfort food that’s meant to be eaten, not put on display.  A pudding to be your best friend on these cold winter days and nights.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Comfort for a Cold Winter

  1. Mmmm….have just finished a lavish helping of this pudding and there’s enough for us tomorrow night again too. Bliss.

    What a wonderful find – I didn’t expect to find a yummy recipe here. I heard about your book Sex, Drugs and Meditation by fellow Vipassana meditator friends in Sydney who went to your book launch there and have been enjoying reading around your website this afternoon. I’m off to the local centre to serve then sit for a while this weekend. I’m sure I’ll think of you when the luscious chocolate cake is served on Day 2.

    Nicola in NZ

    1. Hi Nicola

      I’m glad you liked the pudding. I used to make this ALL the time.
      And that would have been the lovely Sarah at the book launch. We met at a 10 day sit in Pomona.
      I am hoping to get to NZ one day. It’s next on the list.



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